Mark Rosenbaum


Mark Rosenbaum is Chief Counsel of the ACLU of Southern California.

He has been an attorney with the ACLU since 1974, and was its legal director for over 10 years.

Mark has tried and argued successfully numerous civil rights cases in areas relating to race, gender and poverty, education, voting rights, police practices, criminal defendants’ rights, homelessness and international human rights.

He has argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court and more than twenty-five cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, California Supreme Court and Court of Military Appeals. Mark has litigated cases which have resulted in statewide standards and a billion dollars for textbooks, qualified teachers and facilities for the most disadvantaged schools in California, the election of the first Latino supervisor in Los Angeles County in over 100 years, the invalidation of Proposition 187 and establishment of programs for desegregation in Los Angeles, and the release of a citizen and lawful permanent resident held indefinitely in Iraq.

Mark is currently the Gunderson Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School, and has also taught at UCLA, University of Southern California and Loyola Law Schools. In 2010, he began teaching civil rights law at the Peking School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen to Chinese law students.

He has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for his achievements from many civil rights and public interest organizations and by the University of Michigan, including having been named one of the 500 best attorneys in the United States by Lawdragon Magazine, Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine and having been selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal each year since the award’s inception in 1998.

Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan and from Harvard Law School.

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