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Margo Schlanger
Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law

Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
@mjschlanger (Twitter)

Curriculum Vitae


For a publication list with links and appendices, see Publications page.


Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law
, University of Michigan (2009–present; on leave 2010, 2011). (Visiting Professor of Law, Fall 2009.) Director, Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, Faculty affiliate, UM Center for Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry (May 2017-present).

Settlement Monitor, Adams & Knights v. Kentucky Department of Corrections (3:14-cv-00001, E.D. Ky.) (June 2015–present) Court-appointed monitor in settlement of state-wide case about deaf prisoners.

Counsel to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Special Government Employee, part-time, 2012-2013). Advised Secretary of Homeland Security on civil rights matters.

Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Presidential Appointment, 2010-2011) (Chair, Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the federal Information Sharing Environment's Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee; Chair, Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disability; Member, U.S. Delegation to the Universal Periodic Review.)

Visiting Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles (Spring 2009).

Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis (2004–2009); Director, Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse. Elected 2008 “David M. Becker Professor of the Year” by law students.

Faculty Fellow, Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions (2001–02).

Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (1998–2004).

Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section (1995–1998). Division Special Achievement Awards, 1996 and 1997. 

Law clerk, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Supreme Court of the United States (1993–1995).

Fact-checker, The New Yorker (1989–1990).


Class Counsel, Hamama v. Adducci (E.D. Mich. 2:17-cv-11910) (nationwide class action challenging repatriation of Iraqi nationals)
Member, Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (May 2017-present)

Member, Department of Homeland Security Family Residential Center Federal Advisory Committee (Nov. 2015–Oct. 2016).

Reporter, American Bar Association task force on Standards relating to the Legal Status of Prisoners (2007–Jan. 2010).

Commissioner, Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons (2006–2008).


Yale Law School, J.D. 1993. 

Book Reviews Editor, Yale Law Journal (Vol. 102); Vinson Prize for excellence in clinical casework.
Yale College, B.A. 1989. 

Honors: magna cum laude, distinction in the History major, National Merit Scholar.


Torts; Prisons and the Law; Equal Protection; Constitutional Law. Seminars include Police and Surveillance Reform; Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law; Civil Rights and Homeland Security; Empirical Inquiries into Civil Litigation; Institutional Reform Litigation.

PUBLICATIONS: See Publications Page.


Constitutional Rights at the Border; Unpublished Opinions in the District Courts; Executive Order 12,333 and Civil Liberties



National Science Foundation SES-0718831 (co-PI, with Pauline Kim and Andrew Martin), “The Litigation Process in Government-Initiated Employment Discrimination Suits” (2007), $213,999.

Harvard University William F. Milton Fund (with Anne Morrison Piehl), “Litigated Intervention in the Management of Correctional Facilities” (2002), $33,607.




  • Bar admissions: New York; District of Columbia (inactive); Missouri; Supreme Court; 9th Cir.; Eastern District of Missouri; Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Counsel for plaintiffs, Hamama v. Adducci (E.D. Mich. 2:17-cv-11910) (challenge to repatriation of Iraqi nationals); ACLR v. Trump (E.D. Mich. 2:17-cv-10310) (challenge to travel ban Executive Order).
  • Advisory committee member, Vera Institute of Justice Reimagining Prison project.
  • Member, Washtenaw County Jail mental health unit working group.
  • Solitary confinement resources development project, with Vera Institute of Justice.
  • Organizing committee member, Prisoners’ Advocates Conference (Los Angeles, Sept. 2016; New Orleans, Feb. 2014). Chair, Prison Litigation: A Workshop for Plaintiffs’ Attorneys (Washington, DC, Mar. 2008).
  • Counsel for amici curiae Former Corrections Officials, Prison Legal News v. Florida (11th Cir. 2015)
  • Chair, Prison Litigation: A Workshop for Plaintiffs’ Attorneys (Washington, DC, March 2008).
  • Member, expert advisory committee on data collection and confidential reporting, Prison Rape Elimination Act Commission (2007).
  • Drafter, ABA Litigation Section Project, The Rule of Law in Times of Calamity (2006).
  • Counsel of record for amici curiae ACLU and other prison advocacy organizations, Woodford v. Ngo, 05-416 (U.S. Supreme Court, filed Feb. 2, 2006).

General Academic

  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of National Security Law & Policy​ (2015-)
  • Co-editor (with Sharon Dolovich), SSRN abstracting “journal,” Corrections & Sentencing Law & Policy (2006–present). See
  • Chair, American Association of Law Schools, Remedies Section (2014)
  • Chair, American Association of Law Schools, Section on Law & the Social Sciences (2007/08).
  • Member, Law & Society Association Dissertation Prize Committee (2007).
  • Member, Law & Society Association.

University of Michigan

  • Chair, Law School Tenure Committee (2016/17, 2013/14), Member (2015/16, 2012/2013)
  • Member, Provost's Faculty Advisory Committee (2015-2017)
  • Convenor, Prison Law & Scholarship Roundtable (2017, 2014, 2012).
  • Convenor, Social Movements cross-university faculty interest group (2014-present), Prison and Reentry cross-university faculty interest group (2016-present)
  • Chair, Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, Committee on Civil Liberties (2014-16), Member (2013/14)
  • Member, Law School Curriculum Committee (2014-2016)
  • Convenor, Prison Law & Scholarship Roundtable (2012, 2014)
  • Faculty Advisor, Journal of Race & Law symposia: “Innocent until Proven Poor” (2016); solitary confinement (2013)

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Member, Law School Promotions Committee (2007/08)
  • Advisory Board, Washington University Center for Empirical Research in the Law (2007/08)
  • Standing participant: Workshop on Empirical Research in Law (2004–present)
  • Chair, Law School Lateral Appointments Committee (2006/07)
  • Chair, Law School Dean’s Advisory Group on Improving Student Career Prospects (2005/06)
  • Chair, Law School Rules and Petitions Committee (2005/06)
  • Chair, Law School Ad Hoc Committee on Tenure Standards and Process (2004/5)
  • Member, University Committee on Senate By-Laws (2004/5)
  • Member, Law School Clerkship Committee (Fall 2004)


PRESENTATIONS (2004–present)​

Civil Rights at the Border: National Security, Border Screening, and the Muslim Ban, Robert H. Jackson Center (June 2017)

The Constitutional Law of Incarceration, Reconfigured

  • Prison Scholarship Roundtable, University of Michigan (Mar. 2017)
  • Vanderbilt Law faculty workshop (Jan. 2017)

Teaching Civil Rights: The Constitution on the Ground

  • James Madison Legacy Project, Michigan Center for Civic Education, Professional Learning Conference (July 2017)
  • Institute for innovacation in Education (June 2017)
  • Oakland County, day-long workshop for high school teachers (Oct. 2016)

The Supreme Court and Prisoner Treatment Standards  &  Trends in Solitary Confinement Litigation and Policy, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (Feb. 2017)

U. Mich. Student Organizations presentations, 2016/17:

  • Young Scholars Conference (Apr. 2017)
  • American Constitution Society, Private prisons (Mar. 2017)
  • Women Law Students Association, Women Who Lead: A Cross-Graduate School Viewpoint (Feb. 2017)
  • American Constitution Society, The President and the Courts (Feb. 2017)
  • Women's rights and the presidential election (Nov. 2016)
  • U. Mich. Women Law Students Association, Incarcerated women (Oct. 2015)
  • OUTLAWS, LGBT issues facing the next president (Sept. 2016)

Panelist/Discussant, 2016/17:

  • Practicing Law Institute, Prison Litigation 2017: Practical Strategies (June 2017)

  • Arizona State University, Bridging the Gap Between Scholars and Criminal Justice Reform (Feb. 2017)

  • The Courts and Prisons, 9th Circuit Judges' conference (Jan. 2017)
  • Police reform and Black Lives Matter (Oct. 2016)
  • Security and privacy in an age of terrorism, UM cybersecurity conference (Oct. 2016)
  • Prison Litigation Reform Act 101, Prisoners' Advocates conference (Sept. 2016)
  • Decarceration and disability, Prisoners' Advocates conference (Sept. 2016)
  • Landmark cases in prisoner civil rights, UM forensic psychiatry fellows seminar (Aug. 2016)

A New Generation of Noncarcerative Remedies for Unconstitutional Conditions of Confinement, University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review symposium (Mar. 2016)

Detention of Immigrant Families, invited lecture, Albion College (Mar. 2016)

U. Mich. Student Organizations presentations, 2015/16:

  • Reforming Police Use of Force (Mar. 2016)
  • The Prospects of Bail Reform (Mar. 2016)
  • Black Law Students Association, Racial Disparities in Drug-Related Policing and Treatment (Feb. 2016)
  • U. Mich. American Constitution Society, Is This When Mass Incarceration Ends (Nov. 2015)
  • U. Mich. Women Law Students Association, Incarcerated Women (Oct. 2015)

Panelist/Discussant, 2015/16:

  • Reimagining Prison, Vera Institute of Justice (June 2016)
  • Recent Reforms in the Law of Solitary Confinement, ABA Webinar (May 2016)
  • Bazelon Center workshop on decarcerating people with mental illness (Mar. 2016)
  • ACLU workshop on solitary confinement litigation (Mar. 2016)
  • Innocent until Proven Poor (Feb. 2016)
  • 9th Circuit Corrections Summit, Grievances and Gripes: A Problem Solving Approach for All Stakeholders (Nov. 2015)
  • U. Mich. Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Incarcerated Women: A Conversation about Realities (Oct. 2015)
  • Society for Empirical Legal Studies annual conference. Discussant for Aziz Huq, The Predicates of Military Detention at Guantanamo: The Role of Individual Acts and Affiliations; Chang, Chen & Lin, Attorney and Judge Experience in Torts Litigation: An Empirical Study (Oct. 2015)

Studying Injunctions Quantitatively, Center for Political Studies, Univ. of Michigan Interdisciplinary Workshop on Politics and Policy (Mar. 2015)

Intelligence Legalism and the NSA’s Civil Liberties Gap

  • Association of American Law Schools, Annual Conference, National Security Law Section (chosen in call for papers) (Jan. 2015)
  • University of Iowa Law School Faculty Workshop (Nov. 2014)
  • University of Michigan Law School Legal Theory Workshop (Sept. 2014)
  • 7th Annual National Security Law Workshop (May 2014)

Offices of Goodness: Influence without Authority in Federal Agencies

  • Emory Law School (Mar. 2014)
  • Cardozo Law School (Feb. 2014)
  • Law & Society Ass’n (May 2013)

Panelist/Discussant (2014/15):

  • Brennan Center: Strengthening Intelligence Oversight--Executive Branch Oversight (May 2015)
  • Michigan Department of Education, Teaching the Movement in Michigan: Civil Rights Education Forum (May 2015)
  • Clifford Symposium (DePaul Law): The Supreme Court, Business and Civil Justice--Civil Procedure (Apr. 2015)
  • Columbia University, Deliberate Resistance: LGBT Prisoner Rights 20 Years After Farmer v. Brennan (Nov. 2014)
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Se Conference--the Prison Rape Elimination Act (Sept. 2014)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Structural Reform of the American Workplace

  • EEOC Datanet Conference (May 2014)
  • Labor Law Research Network (June 2013)
  • Stanford Law Faculty Workshop (Oct. 2009)
  • Brooklyn Law School Faculty Workshop (Sept. 2009)
  • Building Theory Through Empirical Legal Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Law & Society (April 2009)
  • UCLA Law Faculty Workshop (Feb. 2009)
  • University of Arizona Law Faculty Workshop (Feb. 2009)

The Prison Litigation Reform Act and Litigation Dynamics

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Prisoners’ Advocates Conference (Feb. 2014)

The Present and Future of Institutional Reform Litigation: Current Trends in Prisoner Cases

  • U.C. Irvine Law School, Prisoners Access to Justice Symposium (Feb. 2014)
  • University of Miami Law School, Leading from Below Symposium (Feb. 2014)
Marriage Equality and the Constitution, Alma College Constitution Day Speaker (Sept. 2013)

Plata v. Brown and Realignment: Jails, Prisons, Courts, and Politics

  • Law & Society Ass’n (May 2013) (as discussant in panel on Plata v. Brown)
  • University of Illinois Law Faculty Workshop (March 2013)

Race and Civil Rights Injunctions, Ass'n of American Law Schools, Remedies Section (Jan. 2013)

Operationalizing Deterrence: Claims Management (in Hospitals, a Large Retailers, and Jails and Prisons)

  • University of Michigan Law Faculty Workshop (Sept. 2008)
  • Insurance & Society Seminar, Boston (May 2008)
  • Southern Methodist University Law Faculty Workshop (Jan. 2008)
  • Law & Society Ass’n, Berlin (July 2007)
  • University of North Carolina Law Faculty Workshop (Nov. 2006)
  • Law & Society Ass’n, Baltimore (July 2006)

Seminar teaching

  • Ass’n of American Law Schools, Workshop for New Law Teachers (June 2008)
  • Ass’n of American Law Schools, Workshop for New Law Teachers (June 2007)

Hedonic Damages, Hedonic Adaptation, and Disability

  • University of Illinois Law School, Seminar on Law, Psychology & Economics (Apr. 2008)
  • Washington University Law Faculty Workshop (Aug. 2006)

Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders

  • University Management Team, Washington University in St. Louis (Apr. 2008).
  • Prison Litigation: A Workshop for Plaintiffs’ Attorneys (Washington, D.C., Mar. 2008)
  • Law and Society Ass’n (Las Vegas, NV, June 2005).
  • Junior Scholars Empirical Legal Studies conference, Cornell Law School (Oct. 2004).

The Prison Litigation Reform Act

  • Preserving the Rule of Law in America’s Prisons: The Case for Amending the PLRA, Symposium, Penn. J. of Constitutional Law, Litigating the Eighth Amendment (Feb. 2008)
  • Witness, National Prison Rape Elimination Comm’m, The Role of Courts and Litigation in Regulating Prison and Jail Prevention of Sexual Violence and Misconduct (Dec. 2007)
  • Witness, House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, hearing: Review of the Prison Litigation Reform Act: A Decade of Reform or an Increase in Prison Abuses (Nov. 2007)
  • Congressional staff briefing, proposed amendments to the PLRA (Sept. 2007)
  • Preserving the Rule of Law in America’s Prisons: The Case for Amending the PLRA American Constitution Society issue brief presentation, Washington DC (Apr. 2007)
  • The Past and Future of the PLRA, National Association of Attorneys General, Baltimore, MD (Feb. 2007)
  • Witness, ABA Criminal Justice Section Council, on proposed ABA policy to amend the Prison Litigation Reform Act (Nov. 2006).

The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse: Using Court Records for Research, Teaching, and Policymaking

  • Association of American Law Schools annual conference, Washington University Law breakfast (Jan. 2008)
  • Presentation to social studies coordinators, Missouri Cooperating School Districts (Feb. 2007).
  • Conference presentation (“Federal Civil Court Records of the National Archives: Opportunities for Empirical, Historical and Legal Research and Curriculum Design”), University of Missouri at Kansas City & National Archives and Records Administration (Oct. 2005).

Moderator, panel on Race, Empirical Legal Studies Conference (Nov. 2007).

Fault and the Constitutional Law of Equality. Invited response to David Strauss, Childress Lecture (Little Rock and the Legacy of Brown), Saint Louis University (Oct. 2007)

Teaching the Equal Protection Clause. Presentation to high school teachers, Street Law (Oct. 2007)

The Plaintiffs’ Bar and the Conceptualization of Litigation

  • Law & Society Ass’n, Berlin (July 2007)
  • Washington University Law Faculty Workshop (May 2007)
  • Conference presentation (The Plaintiff’s Bar), New York Law School (Mar. 2006)

The Litigation Process in Government-Initiated Employment Discrimination Suits (hypotheses and preliminary evidence). Duke Law School Faculty Workshop (Apr. 2007)

Discussant, Katherine Barnes et al., Life and Death Decisions: Prosecutorial Discretion and Capital Punishment in Missouri, St. Louis U. conference (Mar. 2007).

Discussant, J.J. Prescott, Empirical Evidence of Prosecutorial Charging Manipulation: And What it Tells Us About What Prosecutors are Trying to Do, Empirical Legal Studies Conference, Austin Texas (Oct. 2006).

Moderator, panel on Empirical Inquiries in Criminal Justice, Law and Society Ass’n (July 2006).

Women and the New Supreme Court: University of Missouri–St. Louis, Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life (Jan. 2006).

Moderator, panel discussion of Problems and Solutions in American Criminal Justice, in conjunction with hearing held at Washington University in St. Louis by the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s (Oct. 2005).

What We Know and What We Could Know About the Vanishing Trial: Featured Comment on Marc Galanter, “A World Without Trials,” University of Missouri at Columbia, Distinguished Lecture on Alternative Dispute Resolution (Sept. 2005).

Incarceration, Reform, and Politics: presentation to undergraduate student groups (Apr. 2005).

Second Best Damage Action Deterrence

  • University of Missouri at Columbia (Apr. 2005).
  • Clifford Conference on Torts and Social Policy, DePaul University College of Law (Apr. 2005).
  • UCLA faculty workshop (Mar. 2005)

Collateral Consequences of Incarceration: Background on the Scope of the Carceral System: Symposium on Poverty, Wealth and the Working Poor: Clinical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Apr. 2005).

Respondent to James B. Jacobs, The Future of Imprisonment: Leadership, and Prison Reform, St. Louis University Ass’n of Criminal Justice and Sociology (Oct. 2004).