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Venable Professor of LawMichele E. Gilman
Director, Clinical Legal Education

Director, Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic
Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 424

Administrative Assistant: Rosalind Williams
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 412


J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan
B.A., cum laude, Duke University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Privacy Law
Civil Advocacy
Law and Poverty
Administrative Law
Feminist Legal Theory

Before joining the faculty, Professor Gilman was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice; an associate at Arnold and Porter in Washington, D.C.; a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Frank A. Kaufman of the District of Maryland; and an editor of the Michigan Law Review. Professor Gilman's scholarship focuses on issues relating to poverty, economic inequality, feminist legal theory, and social justice, and her articles have been published in the California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Washington University Law Review, among others. She was a visiting associate professor at the William and Mary School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year and a professor in the University of Aberdeen summer program in summer 2009. In 2009, she received the Outstanding Teaching by a Full-Time Faculty Member Award.

Professor Gilman directs the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic, in which student attorneys represent individuals and community groups in a wide array of civil litigation and law reform projects. She is involved in numerous groups working on behalf of low-income Marylanders. She is a member of the Committee on Litigation and Legal Priorities of the ACLU of Maryland and the Judicial Selection Committee of the Women's Law Center. She is the past president of the board of the Public Justice Center, where she served from 2004-2014, as well as a past member of the Maryland Bar's Section Council on Delivery of Legal Services. She received the 2010 University System of Maryland Board of Regents' Award for Public Service. Professor Gilman is the former co-chair and a member of the Scholarship Committee of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section, and a former editor of the Clinical Law Review. She is also a co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism, which works to apply the insights of feminist legal theory to legal practice and policy. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Wyman v. James: Privacy As a Luxury Not for the Poor, in The Poverty Canon (Ezra Rosser & Marie Failinger, eds., Univ. of Michigan Press 2016).

Becoming a Trial Lawyer, with Steven Grossman and Fredric Lederer (Carolina Academic Press 2008).

Articles and Essays

The Surveillance Gap:  The Harms of Extreme Privacy and Data Marginalization (with Rebecca Green), 42 NYU Review of Law & Social Change 253 (2018), .

Privacy, Poverty and Big Data:  A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans (with Mary Madden, Karen Levy & Alice Marwick), 95 Wash. U. L. Rev. 53 ( 2017).

En-Gendering Economic Inequality, 32.1 Columbia J. of L. & Gender 1 (2016).

A Court for the One Percent: How the Supreme Court Contributes to Economic Inequality, 2 Utah L. Rev. 389 (2014).

Feminism, Democracy, and the "War on Women, 32 J. L. & Inequality 1 (2014).

The Return of the Welfare Queen, 22 J. Gender, Social Policy, & the Law 247 (2014).

Learning Critical Legal Theory Across the Curriculum: An Innovative Course in Applied Feminism, 20 The Law Teacher 5 (Spring 2014).

The Poverty Defense, 47 Univ. of Richmond L. Rev. 495 (2013).

The Class Differential in Privacy Law, 77 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1389 (2012).

Presidents, Preemption, and the States, 26 Constitutional Commentary 339 (2010).

The President as Scientist-in-Chief 45, Willamette L. Rev. 565 (2009) (symposium).

Welfare, Privacy, and Feminism, 39 U. Balt. Law Forum 1 (2009) (symposium).

Litigating Presidential Signing Statements, 16 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 131 (2007) (symposium).

Fighting Poverty With Faith: Reflections on Ten Years of Charitable Choice, 10 J. Gender, Race & Justice 395 (2007) (symposium).

If At First You Don't Succeed, Sign an Executive Order: President Bush and the Expansion of Charitable Choice, 15 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts J. 1103 (2007).

Poverty and Communitarianism: Toward a Community Based Welfare System, 66 Pitt. L. Rev. 721 (2005).

Charitable Choice and the Accountability Challenge: Reconciling the Need for Regulation with the First Amendment Religion Clauses, 55 Vand. L. Rev. 797 (2002).

Legal Accountability in an Era of Privatized Welfare, 89 Cal. L. Rev. 569 (2001). Extract

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Recent Media

Davos Grapples with Inequality, The Conversation, Jan. 26, 2018,

Three Myths About the Poor That Republicans are Using to Support Slashing US Safety Net, The Conversation & Salon, Dec. 13, 2017,

What Gorsuch’s Supreme Court Means for Workers, The Conversation, April 20, 2017,

Guest, 1A with Joshua Johnson on National Public Radio, “Helping the Poor Put Dinner on the Table Without Giving Them a Seat at the Table,” WAMU-FM, June 26, 2017,

Interview, Zarah Barnes, Want to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions? Give Women LARCS,, Aug. 5, 2016.

Michele Gilman, How Limiting Women’s Access to Birth Control and Abortions Hurts the Economy , The Conversation, April 27, 2016.

Interview, Kaveh Waddell, How Big Data Harms Poor Communities , The Atlantic, April 8, 2016.

Guest, The Supreme Court Guarantees Economic Unfairness , Keeping Democracy Alive with Burt Cohen podcast, April 7, 2016, Progressive Radio Network.

Michele Gilman, How the Supreme Court Made Economic Inequality a Whole Lot Worse , The Conversation, March 30, 2016.

Interview, Kaveh Waddell, Would You Let Companies Monitor You for Money , The Atlantic, April 1, 2016.

Interview, Kaveh Waddell, The Digital Security Divide , The Atlantic, March 28, 2016.

Interview, Cortney-Harding, The New Digital Divide , readwrite, March 4, 2016.

Interview, Jessica Goldstein, Could a California Evidence Law Change the Case Against Bill Cosby , Legal Experts Break it Down, ThinkProgress, Oct. 9, 2015.

Guest, Background Briefing with Ian Masters, The Racial Divide in Baltimore ,KPFK-FM Los Angeles, April 28, 2015.

The Injustice of the Affluenza Defense, Let’s Talk About this Series, Public Justice Center, March 6, 2014.

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