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Michael T. Kirkpatrick is an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group (PCLG) in Washington, DC. His practice areas include constitutional law, civil rights, class actions, administrative law, and open government, including practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining PCLG, Mr. Kirkpatrick was a senior trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he litigated employment discrimination cases against state and local government employers, and defended the constitutionality of federal affirmative action programs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kirkpatrick was a staff attorney with the Farm Worker Division of Texas Rural Legal Aid, where he litigated employment and civil rights cases on behalf of migrant, transnational, and contingent workers, including class and collective actions. Mr. Kirkpatrick is a recipient of the Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest, and he has served as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School, and as a Law and Policy Mentor for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Mr. Kirkpatrick has taught a seminar on public interest lawyering at George Washington University Law School, and he is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches a course on ethics in public interest practice.