Michael Selmi

Portrait of Michael Selmi
Samuel Tyler Research Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Michael Selmi joined the law school faculty in 1996, after having taught at the University of North Carolina for two years. Prior to entering academia, he litigated employment discrimination cases at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. He also served as a law clerk to Judge James R. Browning, then Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Selmi teaches courses on employment law, employment discrimination, contracts, and civil rights. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and Boston University.

Professor Selmi has published more than forty articles in the areas of employment discrimination, employment law, and constitutional law, and his articles have appeared in many law journals including the Stanford Law Review, Texas Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, and Virginia Law Review. He has co-written casebooks in employment discrimination, employment law, and the law of discrimination. 

Professor Selmi has worked on a number of Supreme Court cases and has been a frequent media commentator for, among others, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC.

Curriculum Vitae     Publications


BA, Stanford University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"State Voters OK Higher Minimum Wages, Block Other Labor Issues"

November 07, 2018

Michael Selmi is quoted in Bloomberg Law about voters approving higher hourly wages in Arkansas and Missouri.

"Could a DC Restaurant Legally Refuse Service to Sarah Sanders or Another Trump Official?"

June 25, 2018

Michael Selmi is quoted in Washingtonian about the outcomes of a D.C. restaurant removing a Trump administration official.

"Selmi on Tesla Lawsuit (Audio)"

November 15, 2017

Michael Selmi speaks to Bloomberg about a recent racial harassment lawsuit filed against Tesla. 

"How to Handle Harassment at Work"

October 11, 2017

Michael Selmi speaks to WUSA-CBS 9's "Off Script With Bruce Johnson" about sexual harassment in the workplace.

"Bloomberg Law Brief: Changes to Birth Control Coverage (Audio)"

October 10, 2017

Michael Selmi speaks to Bloomberg Law about the move to let employers opt out of providing health insurance that covers birth control.