J.D., Columbia Law School
A.B., Harvard College
Michael L. Shenkman
is a fellow of the Center for Law and Politics.
As a lecturer in law, he designed the curriculum for Columbia Law
School’s federal government externship program in Washington, DC, and taught
the first three years of its substantive course components, including both a
mini-course on ethics in the federal government and a semester-long course on
topics in federal government lawyering.
He also has taught political science courses on the Congress at the
University of California Washington Center and on government staff work at Yale
2013-14 academic year, he was a Supreme Court Fellow at the Supreme Court of
the United States. From 2009 to 2011, he
was an appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked primarily
on judicial nominations in the Office of Legal Policy. Earlier in his career, he was a legislative
fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (Subcommittee on
Administrative Oversight and the Courts, Chairman Charles E. Schumer), a law
clerk to Judge Kenneth M. Karas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of New York, an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, and,
prior to law school, research director for U.S. Representative Robert T.
Speech or Debate: Revisiting Legislative Immunity, 32 Yale L.
& Pol’y Rev. 351 (2014). Decoupling
District from Circuit Judge Nominations: A Proposal to Put Trial Bench
Confirmations on Track, 65 Ark. L. Rev. 217 (2012).