Michelle Deutchman teaches Contemporary Free Exercise Issues in Fall 2014. She is the Western States Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). As such, she oversees civil rights advocacy and provides strategic legal, legislative and public relations counsel for seven regional offices covering California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. She manages ADL’s amicus work in these jurisdictions. Her portfolio includes free exercise and establishment clause questions that arise in school, housing and employment contexts. Deutchman conducts trainings for law enforcement, educators and attorneys on subjects including Hate Crime Laws, Religion in Public Schools and Cyber-bullying and the Law.
Deutchman received her B.A in Political Science from UC Berkeley, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif. While at USC, she wrote for the Southern California Law Review and received the Southern California Law Review National Scribes Award for her publication, “Getting the Guns: Implementation and Enforcement Problems With California Senate Bill 218.”Prior to joining ADL, Deutchman was an attorney at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe.
Deutchman is active in the public interest community: mentoring students and taking an active role in the Southern California Pro Bono Managers & Directors, the California Three R’s Advisory Committee and the Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium Task Force (a partnership with local offices of the United States Attorney, Federal Bureau of Investigation, District and City Attorney).