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For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact:
July 10, 2013 Kathleen Arberg (202) 479-3211


            Michael L. Shenkman, a lecturer-in-law and a fellow at the Center for Law and Politics at Columbia Law School, has been selected as the 2013-2014 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program was created in 1973 by the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger to provide promising individuals with a first-hand understanding of the federal government, in particular, the judicial branch. In the words of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., the program offers “a unique opportunity for exceptional individuals to contribute to the administration of justice at the national level.”

            Each year fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch of government.  With assignments at the Supreme Court, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts, and the U. S. Sentencing Commission, fellows have been involved in various projects examining the federal judicial process and seeking, proposing, and implementing solutions to problems in the administration of justice.

            As the fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, Shenkman’s duties will include researching and providing background information for speeches and reports, briefing visiting dignitaries, preparing analytical reports, and overseeing the Judicial Internship Program. His fellowship begins in the fall in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice.

            Following law school, Shenkman worked as a litigation associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Kenneth M. Karas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Following his clerkship, Shenkman was a legislative fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. He has also served in various capacities with the U.S. Department of Justice, including senior counsel in the Office of Legal Policy. Before joining the Columbia Law School faculty, Shenkman taught courses in political science at Yale College and at the University of California Washington Center, and was a teaching fellow in government at Harvard University. 

            Shenkman earned an A.B., magna cum laude, in history from Harvard College in 2001, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2006, where he was a James Kent Scholar and served as senior editor of the Columbia Law Review.   

            The Supreme Court Fellows are selected by a commission composed of nine members selected by the Chief Justice of the United States.