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Samuel Bagenstos

Samuel Bagenstos

Samuel R. Bagenstos is the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and a member of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. During the Obama Administration, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice. He was nominated by the Democratic Party to run for Michigan Supreme Court in 2018.

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Samuel R. Bagenstos: Ruth Bader Ginsburg dedicated her life to expanding the circle of ‘We the People.’

By: - October 6, 2020

When a figure as important as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RGB) dies, it is appropriate to reflect on and celebrate her legacy. Justice Ginsburg’s achievements—both before and after she took her seat on the Supreme Court’s bench—were great. But her legacy is now under extreme threat. I mean this not just in the obvious sense—that […]

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Column: The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 during COVID-19

By: and - August 2, 2020

When President George Herbert Walker Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July 26, 1990, we doubt he was thinking about protecting people with disabilities during a pandemic. How could he? It was unimaginable to conjure up the catastrophe wrought by the coronavirus. We can excuse that oversight. But Congress should […]

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Samuel R. Bagenstos: From jobs to health care, COVID-19 reveals the moral bankruptcy of conservative politics

By: - April 1, 2020

Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, much of the industrialized world has committed itself an individualistic, everyone-for-themselves worldview.   In the United States, the avatar for that worldview was President Ronald Reagan. But perhaps the clearest expression came from Reagan’s ideological soulmate on the other side of the Atlantic, U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  In 1987, […]