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Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman

Director, Civil Rights Appellate Clinic
Clinical Professor of Law 


(814) 865-3832
Principal Office: 
University Park

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 before the United States Supreme Court and the federal appellate counts. He argued Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court in 2012.

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 continues to work closely with the Lawyers' Committee and other national civil rights organizations on appellate issues with the Penn State Civil Rights Appellate Clinic. 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. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Texas, numerous federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

“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)