Michael T. Kirkpatrick


Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Texas Christian; J.D., American University

Areas of Expertise:

Civil Procedure and Trial Practice, Civil Rights and Discrimination, Clinical Education, Legal Profession and Professional Ethics

Professor Kirkpatrick is an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group (PCLG), which he joined in 2004. PCLG is a public interest law firm and the...

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Professor Kirkpatrick is an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group (PCLG), which he joined in 2004. PCLG is a public interest law firm and the litigating division of Public Citizen, a national advocacy organization that works to protect health, safety, and democracy. Professor Kirkpatrick’s practice areas at PCLG include constitutional law, civil rights, class actions, administrative law, and open government, including practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. From 2014-2016, Professor Kirkpatrick was a full-time Visiting Professor at the Law Center and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic in the Institute for Public Representation. Earlier in his career, he was a senior trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1995-2004), and a staff attorney with the Farm Worker Division of Texas Rural Legal Aid (1991-1995). Professor Kirkpatrick is a recipient of the Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest, and a seven-time recipient of the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award. He has served as the Law and Policy Mentor for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School, and as a Government Fellow for the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law.

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"Suit Accusing FERC Of Pro-Energy Industry Bias Thrown Out," coverage by Law 360, March 22, 2017, mentioning Adjunct Professor Michael T. Kirkpatrick.

FERC Pipeline Powers Cause Actionable Harm, Enviros Say,” coverage by Law 360, June 8, 2016, mentioning Visiting Professor  Michael T. Kirkpatrick, co-director Institute for Public Representation.

"The GOP’s top Indiana Senate candidate will have to fight to stay on the ballot. But why?," coverage by Washington Post, February 10, 2016, an interview with Visiting Professor Michael Kirkpatrick.

"Demoted Detective Asks High Court To Reverse Political Affiliation Ruling," Lexis Legal News, December 10, 2015, mentioning Visiting Professor Michael T. Kirkpatrick, Meghan M. Boone, LL.M.'19, and Patrick D. Llewellyn of the Georgetown Law Institute for Public Representation.

"Chiquita Can’t Keep Paramilitary Aid Docs Secret: DC Circ.," Law360, July 17, 2015, featuring Visiting Professor Michael T. Kirkpatrick.

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"Suit Accusing FERC Of Pro-Energy Industry Bias Thrown Out," coverage by Law 360, March 22, 2017, mentioning Adjunct Professor Michael T. Kirkpatrick.

FERC Pipeline Powers Cause Actionable Harm, Enviros Say,” coverage by Law 360, June 8, 2016, mentioning Visiting Professor  Michael T. Kirkpatrick, co-director Institute for Public Representation.

"The GOP’s top Indiana Senate candidate will have to fight to stay on the ballot. But why?," coverage by Washington Post, February 10, 2016, an interview with Visiting Professor Michael Kirkpatrick.

"Demoted Detective Asks High Court To Reverse Political Affiliation Ruling," Lexis Legal News, December 10, 2015, mentioning Visiting Professor Michael T. Kirkpatrick, Meghan M. Boone, LL.M.'19, and Patrick D. Llewellyn of the Georgetown Law Institute for Public Representation.

"Chiquita Can’t Keep Paramilitary Aid Docs Secret: DC Circ.," Law360, July 17, 2015, featuring Visiting Professor Michael T. Kirkpatrick.

"Chiquita Battles To Block Doc Dump On Paramilitary Aid," Law360, December 8, 2014, mentioning Visiting Professor Michael T. Kirkpatrick.

"Here’s What Could Happen After the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision," coverage in Time, November 24, 2014, featuring Visiting Professor Michael Kirkpatrick.

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