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Christopher G. Michel


Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., J.D., Yale

Chris Michel is an Adjunct Professor of Law. He co-teaches Constitutional Law I: The Federal System and has assisted in teaching a seminar on the...

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Chris Michel is an Adjunct Professor of Law. He co-teaches Constitutional Law I: The Federal System and has assisted in teaching a seminar on the separation of powers. He also practices law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his work focuses on appellate litigation, much of it involving constitutional issues.

Professor Michel previously served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and a research and teaching assistant to Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Professor Judith Resnik, and Dean Robert Post. His Yale Law Journal comment on the political question doctrine was awarded a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.

Prior to law school, Professor Michel served for more than five years as a speechwriter to President George W. Bush, ultimately becoming White House Director of Speechwriting. He then assisted former President Bush with his memoir, Decision Points.

Professor Michel earned his bachelor’s degree in history summa cum laude from Yale, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News and played on the varsity golf team. He was inducted into and served as chapter secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, and he was awarded the Hart-Lyman and Charles Clark Memorial Prizes for academic achievement.

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