Mike Carvin specializes in constitutional, appellate, civil rights, and civil litigation against the federal government. He has argued numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court and in virtually every federal appeals court. These cases include the decisions preventing the Justice Department from obtaining monetary relief against the tobacco industry under RICO, overturning the federal government's plan to statistically adjust the census, limiting the Justice Department's ability to create "majority-minority" districts, and upholding Proposition 209's ban on racial preferences in California.
Mike was one of the lead lawyers, and argued before the Florida Supreme Court, on behalf of now-President George W. Bush in the 2000 election Florida recount controversy. He has also represented state governments, financial institutions, telecommunications, and energy companies in "takings," First Amendment, civil rights, and statutory challenges to federal government actions.
Served with the United States Justice Department in the following senior positions: Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division (1982-1985); Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division (1985-1987); and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel (1987-1988)
- Tulane University (B.A. cum laude 1978)
- The George Washington University (Law Review; J.D. 1982)
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Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Co-sponsored by the Practice Groups and the Faculty Division
October 04, 2013
SCOTUScast 2-27-13 featuring Michael Carvin
February 27, 2013
September 27, 2011
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2010
Civil Rights Practice Group
June 11, 2009
Ledbetter v. Goodyear
June 07, 2007
October 01, 2004