Joan L. Larsen earned her JD, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. At Northwestern, she earned the John Paul Stevens Award for Academic Excellence, the Lowden-Wigmore Prize for the best student note published in the Law Review, and the Raoul Berger Prize for the best senior research paper. After graduation, she clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. Following her clerkships, she joined Sidley & Austin's Washington, D.C., office, where she was a member of the Constitutional, Criminal, and Civil Litigation Section. Before coming to Michigan in 1998, she was a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern. From January 2002 to May 2003, Larsen served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, where she provided advice to the White House, the attorney general, and government agencies regarding constitutional and statutory law. Larsen's research and teaching interests include constitutional law, criminal procedure, and presidential power.