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Savit, Eli


3162 Jeffries Hall

Eli Savit, '10, practices, writes, and teaches in the areas of state and local government, civil rights, impact litigation, and environmental law.

Since 2016, Professor Savit has served as senior adviser and counsel to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, '83. As senior adviser, Professor Savit maintains a policy portfolio that encompasses, among other things, consumer protection, education, environmental justice, infrastructure development, and public safety. As the top attorney in the Mayor's Office, Professor Savit provides legal counsel on issues concerning the city and its executive branch—and oversees legal strategy on high-profile legislation, intergovernmental negotiations, and executive action.

Working with the city’s law department, Professor Savit also directs public-interest litigation initiatives on behalf of the City of Detroit. He oversees thousands of lawsuits against defendants who are alleged to have harmed Detroit residents through civil rights violations, consumer fraud, and predatory housing practices.

Prior to his appointment by Mayor Duggan, Professor Savit served as a law clerk for Justices Sandra Day O'Connor (ret.) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. He also clerked for The Hon. David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for The Hon. Carlos T. Bea on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition, Professor Savit previously practiced law with two major national law firms, focusing on appellate and Supreme Court litigation.

In his academic capacity, Professor Savit has published scholarly articles on such topics as state and local government, educational equity, campaign-finance reform, and environmental law. His work also has appeared in popular publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The HillThe Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, and He is a frequent contributor to Take Care, a prominent legal blog.

In addition to his work for the City of Detroit, Professor Savit regularly consults with civil rights groups and environmental organizations in Michigan and across the country. He has worked on several major, successful Michigan initiatives around civil rights, voting rights, and environmental justice.

Recent Publications

"States Empowering Plaintiff Cities." U. Mich. J.L. Reform 52, no. 3 (2019): 581-614.
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