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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. Professor McQuade also serves as a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Lawfare, Just Security, Slate, and National Public Radio, and she has been quoted in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Politico, and other publications.

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

"Prosecutors and Voters Are Becoming Smart on Crime." Sally Q. Yates, co-author. Litigation 46, no. 1 (2019): 22-6.
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"Smart on Crime Charging Policy Provides Roadmap for More Effective Criminal Justice Strategy." Fed. Sent'g Rep. 3, no. 3 (2018): 207-11.
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"Foreword: Books Have the Power to Shape Public Policy." Mich. L. Rev. 116, no. 6 (2018): 811-8.
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"Best Practices for Managing Lawyers." Mich. B.J. 96, no. 7 (2017): 54-6.
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Panelist, "Counterterrorism in 2020: Future Prospects and Challenges," Policy Talks, U-M Ford School of Public Policy, October 2018.

Wrote "Loopholes in Public Corruption Laws Benefit Swamp Dwellers," Just Security, June 2018.

Wrote "Trump's Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Leaves No Room for Discretion," Lawfare, June 2018.

Speaker, "Mueller and the Tools of the Federal Prosecutor," B'Nai Moshe, June 2018

Panelist, "Obstruction of Justice," Capitol Hill briefing, December 2017.

Guest lectured, "Miranda in Terrorism Cases," Boston College Law School, October 2017.

Wrote "The Call is Coming from Inside the House! Homegrown Extremism is Here," Just Security, July 2017.

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.