Michael T. Kirkpatrick
Co-Director, Institute for Public Representation, Visiting Professor of Law
B.A., Texas Christian; J.D., American University
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Professor Kirkpatrick joined the faculty in 2014 after a 23-year career in public interest law, most recently as an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group...Continue Reading
Professor Kirkpatrick joined the faculty in 2014 after a 23-year career in public interest law, most recently as an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group (PCLG). His practice areas at PCLG included constitutional law, civil rights, class actions, administrative law, and open government, including practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining PCLG, Professor Kirkpatrick was a senior trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1995-2004), where he litigated employment discrimination cases against state and local government employers, and defended the constitutionality of federal affirmative action programs. Earlier in his career (1991-1995), he was a staff attorney with the Farm Worker Division of Texas Rural Legal Aid, where he litigated employment and civil rights cases on behalf of migrant, transnational, and contingent workers. Professor Kirkpatrick is a recipient of the Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest. He has served as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School, and as a Law and Policy Mentor for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Since 2007, he has taught a course on ethics in public interest practice as an adjunct professor.