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Samuel Bagenstos




Samuel Bagenstos joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2009.




Samuel Bagenstos, who taught Intro to Constitutional Law as a visiting professor in fall 2008, joins the Law School as a full-time faculty member in fall 2009. Prof. Bagenstos specializes in civil rights law, particularly as it pertains to the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as constitutional law. His research and teaching focus on the substance and enforcement of civil rights law, both constitutional and statutory. He is also an active appellate and Supreme Court litigator in civil rights and federalism cases. In one of his most notable cases, United States v. Georgia, 546 U.S. 151 (2006), the U. S. Supreme Court upheld, as applied to his client’s case, the constitutionality of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prof. Bagenstos has also testified before Congress in support of the Fair Pay Restoration Act and the ADA Amendments Act. Among his numerous publications is the book Law and the Contradictions of the Disability Rights Movement (2009, Yale University Press).

Prior to joining the Michigan Law faculty, Prof. Bagenstos was a professor of law, and, from 2007 to 2008, also Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Washington University School of Law. He has been on the faculty of Harvard Law School, and was a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law. He clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit for one year, and then joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Following that position, he served as Law Clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1993, Prof. Bagenstos earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard, where he received the Fay Diploma and was Articles Office Co-Chair for the Harvard Law Review.
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