Michael Skocpol



  • B.A., Brown University
  • magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2016


  • Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Hon. Cornelia T.L. Pillard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Hon. Gary S. Feinerman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognition

  • Temple Bar Scholar, 2019
  • Pro Bono Distinction, Stanford Law School
  • Gunther Prizes, Stanford Law School
  • Henderson Prize, Stanford Law School
  • Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship, 2014, Stanford Law School
  • Senior Notes Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Submissions Editor, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Academic Chair, American Constitution Society, Stanford Law School
  • Co-President, OutLaw, Stanford Law School
  • Public Interest Fellow, Stanford Law School

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Michael Skocpol is an associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. He joined the firm after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Prior to his clerkship with Justice Sotomayor, Michael clerked for the Honorable Cornelia T.L. Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Honorable Gary S. Feinerman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Following his clerkships, Michael was selected as a 2019 Temple Bar Scholar.

Michael is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he graduated with Pro Bono Distinction and received Gunther Prizes for outstanding performance in six courses, a Henderson Prize for excellence in clinical work, and a 2014 Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship for commitment to public interest. At Stanford, Michael was Senior Notes Editor of the Stanford Law Review, Submissions Editor of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Academic Chair of the American Constitution Society, Co-President of OutLaw, and a Public Interest Fellow.  He also served as a research assistant to Professors Jane Schacter and Michelle Wilde Anderson, and his note, “The Emerging Constitutional Law of Prison Gerrymandering,” was published in the Stanford Law Review.

During his time in law school, Michael worked as a legal intern for the ACLU of Southern California, a student attorney with the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, and a summer associate at Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC.

Before law school, Michael worked as an investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and a Paralegal Specialist for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University.

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Published on: June 29, 2020

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