Michael Selmi

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

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.

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BA, Stanford University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"White Cop Claims Discrimination After He Revealed DNA Test That Showed He's 18% African"

May 11, 2017
Michael Selmi is quoted by Michigan Public Radio about a white police sergeant who says he faced discrimination after a DNA test showed he has African ancestry.