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Margo Schlanger

University of Michigan Law School
Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law
Ann Arbor, MI, USA


Margo Schlanger is the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, and also founded and heads the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse. She teaches constitutional law, torts, and classes relating to civil rights (such as Civil Rights and Homeland Security) and to prisons (such as Prisons and the Law, and the Constitutional Law of Incarceration). 

Professor Schlanger is the court-appointed monitor for a statewide settlement dealing with deaf prisoners in Kentucky, and she serves on the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers.  She took a two-year leave from the University in 2010 and 2011, serving as the presidentially appointed Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  As the head of civil rights and civil liberties for DHS, she was the Secretary's lead advisor on civil rights and civil liberties issues; in that capacity, she testified before Congress; chaired the Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the federal Information Sharing Environment's Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee; chaired the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities; served on the first U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Universal Periodic Review; and met with community leaders and groups across America to ensure that their perspectives regarding civil rights and homeland security were considered in the Department's policy process.

Professor Schlanger earned her J.D. from Yale in 1993. She served as law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1993 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, she was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where she worked to remedy civil rights abuses by prison and police departments and earned two Division Special Achievement awards.  Schlanger, a leading authority on civil rights issues and civil and criminal detention, served on the Vera Institute’s blue ribbon Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons; she worked as an advisor on the development of proposed national standards implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and testified before the Prison Rape Elimination Commission.  She also served as the reporter for the American Bar Association’s revision of its Standards on the Treatment of Prisoners.   

She writes frequently about prisons and prison reform, both in scholarly journals and mainstream publications.

Margo Schlanger is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Trends in Prisoner Litigation, as the PLRA Enters Adulthood - Prison Litigation 2017: Practical Strategies, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Eight Principles for Reforming Solitary Confinement, The American Prospect (October 6, 2015) - Prison Litigation 2017: Practical Strategies, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
How the ADA Regulates and Restricts Solitary Confinement for People with Mental Disabilities, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (May 2016) - Prison Litigation 2017: Practical Strategies, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Prisoners’ Rights Lawyers’ Strategies for Preserving the Role of the Courts - Prison Litigation 2017: Practical Strategies, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Prison Litigation: A National Overview and In-Depth Look at Practical Strategies - Prison Litigation Issues 2017: Practical Strategies, Friday, June 09, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Prison Litigation: A National Overview and In-Depth Look at Practical Strategies - Prison Litigation: A National Overview and In-Depth Look at Practical Strategies, Friday, June 09, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Prison Litigation: A National Overview and In-Depth Look at Practical Strategies - Prison Litigation: A National Overview and In-Depth Look at Practical Strategies, Friday, June 09, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Prison Litigation: A National Overview and In-Depth Look at Practical Strategies - Prison Litigation: A National Overview and In-Depth Look at Practical Strategies, Friday, June 09, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Prison Litigation Issues 2017: Practical Strategies, Thursday, June 22, 2017, New York, NY
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