Michael Rosman

General Counsel, The Center for Individual Rights

Michael E. Rosman is the General Counsel for the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm located in Washington, D.C., that specializes in defending individual rights, particularly in the contexts of anti-discrimination, religious liberties, free speech, and federalism issues.

Since joining CIR in 1994, Mr. Rosman has worked on a variety of different high-profile litigations involving important civil rights and Constitutional issues, including Silva v. University of New Hampshire, 888 F. Supp. 293 (D.N.H. 1994), in which the Court recognized and upheld the First Amendment principles adhering to a University professor's classroom lecture against a charge that the lecture itself constituted sexual harassment; Hopwood v. Texas, 78 F.3d 932 (5th Cir. 1996), in which the Fifth Circuit concluded that the system of racial preferences used to admit students to the University of Texas School of Law violated the Constitution and Title VI; United States v. Morrison, 120 S. Ct. 740 (2000), in which the Supreme Court held that Subtitle C of the Violence Against Women Act, creating a federal right to be free of gender-motivated violence enforced through a damages remedy, was outside of Congress's enumerated powers; and Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003) and Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 244 (2003), cases challenging two of the systems of admission at the University of Michigan. Mr. Rosman was counsel of record for Mr. Morrison in the third of those litigations, and argued on his behalf in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Rosman graduated from the University of Rochester summa cum laude in 1981 and Yale Law School in 1984. He worked in private practice with the firm of Rosenman & Colin (now Katten Muchin Rosenman) after graduating until 1993, where he specialized in commercial and securities litigation. He was named to the American Lawyer Public Sector 45 (top 45 public sector lawyers under the age of 45) in 1997 and the National Law Journal's 100 most influential lawyers in 2000. He is the author of various law review articles, including "Standing Alone: Standing Under The Fair Housing Act," 60 Mo. L. Rev. 547 (1995) and "Ambiguity And The First Amendment: Some Thoughts On All-White Advertising," 61 Tenn. L. Rev. 289 (1993). In 2001, Harvard Law School selected him as a Wasserstein Fellow for his outstanding work as a public interest attorney. Mr. Rosman was a member of the D.C. Advisory Committee on Procedures from 1995 to 2001.


J.D., Yale Law School

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