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Margo Schlanger




Margo Schlanger joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2009.




Currently on leave to serve as the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Professor Margo Schlanger joined the Law School as a new faculty member in Fall 2009, bringing her expertise in civil rights, prison reform, torts, and empirical legal studies. Prior to that, she had been a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard from 1998 to 2004. She earned her J.D. from Yale in 1993; while at Yale, she served as Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal and received the Vinson Prize. She then served as law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from 1993 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, Prof. Schlanger was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where she worked to remedy civil rights abuses by prison and police departments and earned two Division Special Achievement Awards in the process. Prof. Schlanger is the founder and (when not on leave) the director of the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, a web-based repository of information and documents relating to large-scale civil rights injunctive cases. The Clearinghouse is housed at the law school.

Prof. Schlanger, a leading authority on prisons and inmate litigation, was the reporter for the American Bar Association's revision of its Standards governing the Legal Treatment of Prisoners. She served on the Vera Institute’s blue ribbon Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons, and she worked as an advisor on development of proposed national standards implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act. She has testified before the Prison Rape Elimination Commission about litigation and its role in preventing sexual abuse in jails and prisons, and before Congress in support of proposed amendments to the Prison Litigation Reform Act. She has served as chair of the Association of American Law School’s section on Law and the Social Sciences.

In future years, Prof. Schlanger will teach torts, constitutional law, and classes relating to civil rights (such as Civil Rights Injunctions) and to prisons (such as the Constitutional Law of Incarceration).

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