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Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman

Director, Civil Rights Appellate Clinic
Clinical Professor of Law

Phone: 
(814) 865-3832
Education: 

J.D., Duquesne University
B.A., Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Professor Michael Foreman focuses on appellate representation in civil rights issues and employment discrimination cases and directs Penn State's Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, which has served as counsel on numerous cases in United States Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts and is involved in several cases currently pending. He argued Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals in 2012. In addition to other work, the clinic has served as counsel on amicus briefs filed with the United States Supreme Court in several of their recent employment cases including Township of Mount Holly, et al., v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.Nassar v. Southwestern Medical Center, Vance v. Ball StateThompson v. North American Stainless, LPStaub v. Proctor HospitalRent-A-Center, West, Inc. v. JacksonGross v FBL Financial Services, Inc.Ricci v. DeStefano, and Pyett v. 14 Penn Plaza, LLC.  

Professor Foreman is frequently called upon to testify before Congress and the EEOC on the impact of the Supreme Court decisions affecting civil rights and employment issues. Prior to joining Penn State he was deputy director of Legal Programs for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  Professor Foreman was acting deputy general counsel for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he served as the lead attorney for the commission's investigation of the voting irregularities in the 2000 presidential election.  

A recipient of the Carnegie Medal for Outstanding Heroism, Professor Foreman has been honored by Shippensburg University with the Jesse S. Heiges Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was also selected by Harvard Law School to as a Wasserstein Fellow, which recognizes dedicated service in the public interest. 

“Gross v. FBL Financial Services — Oh So Gross!” 40 U. Memphis L. R. 681 (2010)

“Tennessee v. Lane: Winning the Battle, Losing the War,” 1 U. Tenn. Coll. L. J. L. & Pol. 551 (2005)

“The Continuing Relevance of Race Conscious Remedies and Programs in Integrating the Nation's Workforce,” 22 Hofstra Lab. & Emp. L. J. 81 (2004)