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LDB Welcomes Michael Grant

February 28, 2017


The Brandeis Center is pleased to announce the arrival of Michael Grant as a Civil Rights Legal Fellow. Michael brings great energy and skill to the advancement of justice for all. He will conduct research on issues of federal and state law and provide general legal and policy support to LDB.

“We are excited to have Michael with us,” says LDB President and General Counsel Kenneth L. Marcus. “He is very energetic and passionate about civil rights, and we look forward to his contributions to our work fighting against anti-Semitism.”

Michael graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY in 2012 with a BA in Political Science. At Macaulay, he founded the Hunter College Mock Trial team and organized Hillel events. Michael also spent a summer abroad in Israel, studying Israel and Palestine. He later attended Brooklyn Law School, where he was involved with the National Security Law Society and the Mentoring Youth through Legal Education organization. Michael primarily focused on First Amendment Law in law school and is published in the National Law Review for his article on campaign finance.

“I've always been interested in political theory and have a particular passion for civil rights,” says Michael. “I joined the Brandeis Center because anti-Semitism, while always in the background, is now a growing concern for the Jewish community. As an Orthodox Jew, I remember being on the front lines, where some students wouldn't even talk to me because of either my kippa, or what they assumed were the political positions that necessarily came with it.”


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