Michael Siegel is an associate attorney with Siegel & Yee. He practices law in the areas of civil rights, employment discrimination, criminal defense, and nonprofit business development. His clients have ranged from an NCAA Division I basketball coach who was wrongfully terminated from his contract, to members of the Green Party seeking to challenge the restrictions on third-party rights caused by California's Proposition 14 (2010), to defendants in the proposed gang injunction in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. Michael is willing to advocate on behalf of those who have been victimized by employers and policy-makers, however popular or unpopular their cause may be.
Michael graduated from Cornell Law School in May 2009. At Cornell, Michael was President of the National Lawyers Guild student chapter and recipient of the Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights. He served as an intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights, researching issues such as civil liability for military contractors, and worked as legal coordinator for the "Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan" conference presented by Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Prior to entering the legal field, Michael worked as a teacher in Oakland, California and Brooklyn, New York, and served as a union representative in the Oakland Education Association. He was also a co-founder and executive director of Oakland Leaf, a local nonprofit education organization focused on "community transformation through creative education." Michael also recently co-founded the nonprofit organization Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, or CURYJ, which is dedicated to providing services and opportunities for youth and adults impacted by the prison industrial complex.
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