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McQuade, Barbara

Professor from Practice

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Barbara L. McQuade, BA '87, JD '91, is a professor from practice. Her interests include criminal law, criminal procedure, national security, data privacy, and civil rights. From 2010 to 2017, Professor McQuade served as the U.S attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she was the first woman to serve in her position. Professor McQuade also served as vice chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and co-chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee. As U.S. attorney, she oversaw cases involving public corruption, terrorism, corporate fraud, theft of trade secrets, civil rights, and health care fraud, among others.

Before becoming U.S. attorney, Professor McQuade served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit for 12 years, serving as deputy chief of the National Security Unit, where she handled cases involving terrorism financing, export violations, threats, and foreign agents. Professor McQuade began her career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman in Detroit, and then practiced law at the firm of Butzel Long in Detroit. Professor McQuade previously taught at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Professor McQuade has been recognized by the Detroit Free Press with the Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership, The Detroit News with the Michiganian of the Year Award, Crain's Detroit Business as a Newsmaker of the Year and one of Detroit's Most Influential Women, and the Detroit Branch NAACP and Arab American Civil Rights League with their Tribute to Justice Award.

Recent Publications

"Best Practices for Managing Lawyers." Mich. B. J. 96, no. 7 (2017): 54-6.
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Speaker, "Democracy Depends on an Informed Citizenry," Eastern Michigan University Commencement, April 2017.

Speaker, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Local Examples of Human Trafficking," Images and Perceptions Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Dearborn, Michigan, April 2017.

Speaker, "Seeing is Believing: A Vision for Women in Leadership," Susan B. Anthony Dinner, University of Michigan-Dearborn, April 2017.

Panelist, Women in Leadership, Michigan Diversity Council, Detroit, March 2017.

Wrote an op-ed, "A Fight for Religious Liberty in Pittsfield Township," Detroit Free Press, October 2016.

Speaker, "Building Resilient Communities and Constitutional Police Departments," Congress of Communities, Detroit, October 2016.

Testified before Congress regarding health care fraud investigations, September 2016.

Panelist, "Apple and the FBI: Encryption, Security, and Civil Liberties," University of Michigan, April 2016.

Panelist, "Working with the Federal Government," Crain's Corporate Law Symposium, Detroit, April 2016.

Wrote an op-ed, "Threats Against Muslim Americans Jeopardize U.S. Security," Detroit Free Press, December 2015.

Speaker, "Working with Federal Law Enforcement After a Cyber Attack or Data Breach," Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Troy, Michigan, November 2015.

Panelist, "Gatekeepers," Corporate Law Symposium, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, October 2015.

Wrote an op-ed, "A Look at ADA's Lasting Impact in Metro Detroit," Detroit Free Press, July 2015.

Panelist, "Litigating Terrorism Cases," Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy, Oklahoma City, April 2015.