Michael L. Shenkman

Fellow, Center for Law and Politics

Michael L. Shenkman

Fellow, Center for Law and Politics

Michael L. Shenkman is a fellow of the Center for Law and Politics. As a lecturer in law, Shenkman designed the curriculum for Columbia Law School’s federal government externship program in Washington, D.C. He also 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 has also taught political science courses on the Congress at the University of California Washington Center and on government staff work at Yale College. 

During the 2013–2014 academic year, he was a Supreme Court Fellow.  From 2009 to 2011, he was an appointee to the 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 and on the subcommittee on administrative oversight and the courts with Sen. Charles E. Schumer as chairman. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Kenneth M. Karas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, worked as an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, and, prior to law school, he was a research director for U.S. Rep. Robert T. Matsui.

His publications include “Talking About Speech or Debate: Revisiting Legislative Immunity,” 32 Yale Law & Policy Review 351, 2014 and “Decoupling District from Circuit Judge Nominations: A Proposal to Put Trial Bench Confirmations on Track,” 65 Arkansas Law Review 217, 2012.

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

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