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Michael Wishnie

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education; William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law; Supervising Attorney; and Director, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization
Michael J. Wishnie is the Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law, a Supervising Attorney, and the Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School. Professor Wishnie’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on immigration, labor and employment, habeas corpus, civil rights, government transparency, and veterans law. For years, Professor Wishnie and his students have represented low-wage workers, immigrants, and veterans in federal, state, and administrative litigation. He and his students have also represented unions, churches, veterans’ groups, and grassroots organizations in a range of legislative, media, and community education matters. His recent publications include Immigration Law and the Proportionality Requirement, 2 U.C.IRV.L.REV. 415 (2012); Proportionality: The Struggle for Balance in U.S. Immigration Policy, 72 U.PITT.L.REV.431 (2011); The Summer of '10: Federal Power, Local Autonomy, and the Struggle over Immigration Policy, 4 ORIGINS 2 (Nov. 2010); Welfare Reform at Ten: Integration, Exclusion, and Immigration Federalism, in Michael Fix, ed., Immigrant Families and Children on the Tenth Anniversary of Welfare Reform (Migration Policy Institute: 2009); and Sale v. Haitian Centers Council, Inc.: Guantanamo and Refoulment (with Harold H. Koh), in Deena Hurwitz and Meg Satterthwaite, eds., Human Rights Stories (Foundation Press: 2009).

From 1998-2006, Professor Wishnie taught at New York University School of Law. Previously, he worked at the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project as a Skadden Fellow; in the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of The Legal Aid Society; as a law clerk to Judge H. Lee Sarokin of the District Court of New Jersey and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and as a clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun, retired, working in the chambers of Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before earning his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1993, Professor Wishnie spent two years teaching in the People’s Republic of China.

He is also a Non-Resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute and frequently handles litigation matters as a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

J.D., Yale, 1993
B.A., Yale, 1987

Courses Taught
Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic
Veterans Legal Services Clinic
Advanced 9-11 Clinic
Federal Courts: Selected Topics