Michael Shenkman is a Lecturer-in-Law and Fellow of the Center for Law and Politics at Columbia Law School, where his research interests include federal government institutions and personnel structures, legislation, and congressional oversight. He was an appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2011, where he worked primarily on judicial nominations in the Office of Legal Policy and also served assignments in the Justice Department’s Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison and in the White House Office of Communications. 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. Matsui.
Shenkman teaches the seminars for Columbia Law School’s externship on the federal government in Washington, D.C., including both a mini-course on ethics in the federal government and a semester-long course on topics in federal government lawyering. He previously has taught political science courses on the Congress at the University of California Washington Center and on government staff work at Yale University.