Jon Michaels is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He currently teaches Administrative Law, National Security Law, and a seminar called Redesigning the Administrative State. In 2013-14, Michaels served as a visiting professor at Yale Law School.
Michaels is a graduate of Williams College, Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and Yale Law School, where he served as articles editor for the Yale Law Journal. Michaels clerked first for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. Immediately prior to his appointment at UCLA, Michaels worked as an associate in Arnold & Porter’s National Security Law and Public Policy Group in Washington, D.C.
Michaels’ principal scholarly interests lie at the intersection of administrative law, national security law, and separation of powers. His current research examines innovative private-public collaborations and considers the legal and normative challenges such collaborations pose.
Professor Michaels’ writings include
- The Cycles of Separation-of-Powers Jurisprudence, 126 Yale Law Journal __ (forthcoming 2017) (with Aziz Huq);
- Of Constitutional Custodians and Regulatory Rivals: An Account of the Old and New Separation of Powers, 91 New York University Law Review __ (forthcoming 2016);
- Our Centripetal National Security State: Implications for Institutional Design and Constitutional Theory, 83 University of Chicago Law Review __ (forthcoming 2016);
- An Enduring, Evolving Separation of Powers, 115 Columbia Law Review 515 (2015);
- Running Government Like a Business...Then and Now, 128 Harvard Law Review 1152 (2015);
- The Second Privatization Revolution: The Unmaking of the American State, (forthcoming, Harvard University Press);
- Privatization’s Progeny, 101 Geo. L.J. 1023-1088 (2013);
- The (Willingly) Fettered Executive, 97 Va. L. Rev. 801-898 (2011);
- Privatization's Pretensions, 77 U. Chi. L. Rev. 717-780 (2010);
- Deputizing Homeland Security, 88 Tex. L. Rev. 1435-1473 (2010); and
- All the President’s Spies: Private-Public Intelligence Gathering in the War on Terror, 96 Cal. L. Rev. 901-966 (2008).
For his article Privatization’s Pretensions, Michaels was named the 2010 winner of the American Constitution Society’s Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law.