Michael L. Shenkman

Fellow, Center for Law and Politics

Office: 435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Email: mshenk2@law.columbia.edu

Education
J.D., Columbia Law School
A.B., Harvard College




Biography

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 College. 

During the 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. Matsui.

Selected Publications

Talking About 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).