Scott Michelman is an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group, where he focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation concerning the rights of consumers, workers, and victims of discrimination to access the courts, along with cases concerning court secrecy, privacy, and freedom of speech, among other areas. His career as a public interest litigator has spanned a broad range of social justice and civil rights issues, including access to the courts and class action law, consumers’ rights, discrimination and selective enforcement, freedom of speech and press, habeas corpus rights, immigrants' rights, judicial secrecy, police misconduct, political protest, post-September 11 abuse of executive power, religious freedom, the rights of medical marijuana patients, sentencing law, and unreasonable search and seizure. Before coming to Public Citizen, Mr. Michelman was a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mr. Michelman has argued before the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and several federal courts of appeals, as well as federal and state trial courts around the country. In connection with his practice, he has been interviewed by television, radio, and print media outlets, including NPR, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Associated Press, Reuters and National Law Journal. His commentary and opinion have appeared in SCOTUSblog, Slate and the Huffington Post, and his academic writings have appeared in the UCLA Law Review, Suffolk Law Review, and the Civil Rights Litigation & Attorney Fees Annual Handbook. Mr. Michelman is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and has served as adjunct faculty at American University Washington College of Law, Santa Clara Law School, and the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Mr. Michelman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He went on to clerk for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following his clerkship, he was the William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellow at the ACLU, and then a clinical teaching fellow at the Seton Hall Law School Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic. Before law school, Mr. Michelman designed and taught courses on American politics and government as the Annenberg Fellow to Eton College in Windsor, England. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science magna cum laude from Duke University.
Mr. Michelman is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of California, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous federal appellate and district courts.