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Michael Foreman,
Professor,
Director of Civil Rights Appellate Clinic
The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law

In July 2008, Michael Foreman joined Penn State Dickinson to direct the new Civil Rights Appellate Clinic and teach an advanced employment discrimination course. Immediately prior to this position he served as the Deputy Director of Legal Programs for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where was responsible for supervising all litigation in employment discrimination, housing, education, voting rights and environmental justice areas since 2001. While at the Lawyers’ Committee he also supervised a civil rights advocacy clinic for Harvard Law School.

Professor Foreman’s professional and scholarly focus has centered primarily on civil rights issues and employment discrimination. Prior to his role with the Lawyers’ Committee, Professor Foreman was the 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. He was also partner in the Baltimore, Maryland, law firm Kaplan, Heyman, Greenberg, Engelman & Belgrad, P.A., where he led the firm’s Employment Law Group. Prior to his work with the law firm, Professor Foreman was General Counsel for the Maryland Commission on Human Relations and worked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the appellate litigation section. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Texas, numerous federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1998, Shippensburg University honored Professor Foreman with the Jesse S. Heiges Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Foreman has been awarded the Carnegie Medal for Outstanding Heroism. He was recently selected by Harvard Law School to serve as a Wasserstein Fellow which recognizes dedicated service in the public interest.

Recent Presentations:

“Preview of the 2008-2009 United States Supreme Court’s Employment Docket: You Be the Judge,” Labor and Employment Relations Association, October 30, 2008.

July 9, 2008, a panelist on the ALI-ABA Teleseminar “U.S. Supreme Court Update: Employment Law.”

May 13, 2008, a panelist on a webinar sponsored by the National Employment Lawyers Association on how the Supreme Court’s decision in Sprint v. Mendelsohn has impacted employment discrimination litigation.

April 21, 2008, a panelist at the American Association of Affirmative Action conference on the topic of “The Business Case for and Implementation of Diversity Programs.”

April 4, 2008, a panelist at the Southern Methodist University Higher Education Employment Symposium on the topic “Emerging Legal Issues.”

February 12, 2008 testimony before the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Committee regarding mandatory arbitration of employment disputes.

October 3, 2007 a panelist on ALI-ABA Webcast “Affirmative Action and Diversity.

Selected Publications

Michigan Proposal 2006-02’s Effect on Public Institutions’ Ability to Strive for Racial Diversity, submitted to the State of Michigan February 7, 2007.

Tennessee v. Lane: Winning the Battle, Losing the War,” University of Tennessee College of Law Journal of Law & Policy, 2005.

The Continuing Relevance of Race Conscious Remedies and Programs in Integrating the Nation’s Workforce, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal., Volume 22, No.1, pps. 81-113 (Fall 2004).

“Hire the Rainbow,” Legal Times, April 19, 2004.

“Voting System Controls and Failures” and “Responsibility Without Accountability” in Voting Irregularities in Florida during the 2000 Presidential Election, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, June 2001.

“Sharing the Dream: Is the ADA Accommodating All?” in Judicial Trends in ADA Enforcement, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, October 2000.