Michael Millemann

Jacob A. France Professor of Law




(410) 706-8340


(410) 706-5856

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  • BA, 1966, Dartmouth College
  • JD, 1969, Georgetown University


Michael Millemann graduated from Dartmouth College (BA, 1966) and Georgetown Law School (JD, 1969). In 1967, as a law student, he worked in the Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana, which strongly shaped his career. After graduation, he worked at the National Prison Project, the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow), and the Multnomah County, Oregon legal aid program, where he was director of litigation. During 1979–81, he was chief general counsel and chief of the Civil Division of the Maryland attorney general's office.

He began teaching at the University of Maryland School of Law as an adjunct in 1970 and full-time in 1974, and has taught a broad variety of classroom, clinical, and hybrid courses.

He was a leader in developing the school’s Clinical Law and Environmental Law programs and its Cardin Requirement. He also has been a leader in developing a number of legal services or law-related organizations in Maryland, including the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (through legislation), the Public Justice Center, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, the Prisoner Assistance Project (now operating as the Prisoner Rights Information System of Maryland), Community Law in Action, a youth advocacy and development program; Civil Justice, and the St. Ambrose Legal Services Program. 

He has received several “best teacher” awards and a number of national and state awards for public service, including from the ABA (2008 Father Robert Drinan Award), and the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities, and in Maryland, the 2017 Robert M. Bell Medal for Access to Justice and the 2016 Maryland State Bar Association’s Robert C. Heeney Award for his work in the criminal law field.

Professor Millemann has published extensively in the fields of legal education, criminal justice, access to justice, and the delivery of legal services. He is a member of the American Law Institute. 


The New 1L: First Year Lawyering with Clients (2015) (with Eduardo Capulong, Sara K. Rankin, and Nantiya Ruan). Abstract

Book Chapters

An Agenda for Prisoner Rights Litigation, in 2 Prisoners' Rights Sourcebook (1980).

Due Process Behind the Walls, in Prisoners' Rights Sourcebook (1973).


Challenging Overincarceration: The Roles of Law School Clinics Working in Partnership--A Symposium, 23 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 135 (2023). Abstract

Releasing Older Prisoners Convicted of Violent Crimes: The Unger Story, 21 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 185 (2021) (with Jennifer Elisa Chapman and Samuel P. Feder). Abstract

Teaching Professional Responsibility Through Theater, 17 Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal 399 (2020) (with Elliott Rauh and Robert Bowie Jr.). Abstract

Digging Them out Alive, 25 Clinical Law Review 365 (2019) (with Rebecca Bowman-Rivas and Elizabeth Smith). Abstract

In Memoriam: Clinton Bamberger--Fire for Justice, 77 Maryland Law Review 928 (2018). Abstract

Checks and Balances in the Age of Trump, 17 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 1 (2017). Abstract

Legal Education in Transition: Trends and Their Implications, 94 Nebraska Law Review 1 (2015) (with Sheldon Krantz). Abstract

Case Studies and the Classroom: Enriching the Study of Law Through Real Client Studies, 12 Univ. of Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 219 (2012). Abstract

Limiting Death: Maryland's New Death Penalty Law, 70 Maryland Law Review 272 (2010). Abstract

Diversifying the Delivery of Legal Services to the Poor by Adding a Reduced Fee Private Attorney Component to the Predominantly Staff Model, Including Through a Judicare Program, 7 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class 227 (2007). Abstract

Setting an Agenda for the Future Delivery of Legal Services to the Poor in Maryland, 7 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 215 (2007) (with others). Abstract

Using Actual Legal Work to Teach Legal Research and Writing, 4 Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors 10 (2007). Abstract

Teaching Legal Research and Writing with Actual Legal Work: Extending Clinical Education into the First Year, 12 Clinical Law Review 441 (2006) (with Steven D. Schwinn). Abstract

The State Due Process Justification for a Right to Counsel in Some Civil Cases, 15 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 733 (2006). Abstract

Preferring White Lives: The Racial Administration of the Death Penalty in Maryland, 5 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 1 (2005) (with Gary Christopher). Abstract

Collateral Remedies in Criminal Cases in Maryland: An Assessment, 64 Maryland Law Review 968 (2005). Abstract

Institutional Barriers and Advantages in Reforming Professional Responsibility Curricula, 39 William & Mary Law Review 489 (1998).

Limited-Service Representation and Access to Justice: An Experiment, 11 American Journal of Family Law 1 (1997) (with others).

Rethinking the Full-Service Legal Representational Model: A Maryland Experiment, 30 Clearinghouse Review 1178 (1997) (with others).

Ethical Decisionmaking and Ethics Instruction in Clinical Law Practice, 3 Clinical Law Review 109 (1996) (with others). Abstract

Good Judgment: Ethics Teaching in Dark Times, 9 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 31 (1995) (with David Luban).

Mandatory Pro Bono In Civil Cases: A Partial Answer To The Right Question, 49 Maryland Law Review 18 (1990).

Capital Post-Conviction Petitioners' Right To Counsel: Integrating Access To Court Doctrine And Due Process Principles, 48 Maryland Law Review 455 (1989).

Preventive Law In Government Practice, 64 Denver University Law Review 443 (1988).

The Role of the Supreme Court: Judicial Activism or Self-Restraint?, 47 Maryland Law Review 155 (1988).

The Prisoners' Right to Stay Where He Is: State and Federal Transfer Compacts Run Afoul of Constitutional Due Process, 3 Capital University Law Review 223 (1974) (with others).

Protected Inmate Liberties: A Case for Judicial Responsibility, 53 Oregon Law Review 29 (1973).

Litigating an Affirmative Prisoners' Rights Action, 11 American Criminal Law Review 39 (1972) (with others).

Prison Disciplinary Hearings and Procedural Due Process - The Requirement of a Full Administrative Hearing, 31 Maryland Law Review 27 (1971), reprinted in Prisoners' Rights, PLI Course Handbook Series No. 46 (1972).

The Unconstitutionality of Prison Life, 55 Virginia Law Review 795 (1969) (with Philip J. Hirschkop).