Joseph Mead is Special Litigation Counsel at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

Before joining the Institute, he was a tenured professor with a dual appointment in a law school and public administration program. He taught courses such as civil procedure, legislation and regulation, administrative law, nonprofit law, public interest lawyering, and public policy. He received the 2020 Junior Faculty Member of the year award from the Society of American Law Teachers for a “commitment to justice, equality, and academic excellence” combining teaching, scholarship, and advocacy.

Mead also has more than a decade of litigating structural constitutional cases for both plaintiff and defendant. For several years he served as Associate General Counsel and cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, bringing strategic constitutional challenges to federal, state, and local laws that restrict constitutional rights. Before that, Mead served as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Program Branch, where he defended the constitutionality of federal statutes and major agency policies in courts throughout the country.

Mead has also published two dozen peer-reviewed and law review articles on nonprofit and constitutional law, litigation, and the criminalization of poverty, which have been cited in federal and state appellate courts and influenced public policy. He has also written and spoken about his research in national and local outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. He also serves as a Contributing Editor to the Nonprofit Law Professor Blog.

Mead’s legal career started with clerkships for Judge Cornelia Kennedy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge David Lawson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and served on the Michigan Law Review.