Columbia Law School
Michael L. Shenkman
Michael L. Shenkman worked in Mr. Matsui’s congressional office as research director from 2001 to 2003 and, after Mr. Matsui’s passing, served as vice president of the Robert T. Matsui Foundation for Public Service. He is currently an attorney with the federal judiciary.
Shenkman was previously a fellow of the Center for Law and Politics and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where he was the founding director of its semester-in-Washington program and taught courses on ethics in the federal government and on topics in federal government lawyering. He also has taught political science courses on the Congress at the University of California Washington Center and on government staff work at Yale College.
Shenkman was a Supreme Court Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States during 2013-14. From 2009 to 2011, he was an appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked primarily on judicial nominations in the Office of Legal Policy. He also has served as a legislative fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, Chairman Charles E. Schumer), and as a law clerk to Judge Robert L. Wilkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Kenneth M. Karas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following law school, he practiced as an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Harvard College.