Director of the Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law Project
Mark Rosenbaum is director of the Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law Project. Prior to joining Public Counsel in 2014, Rosenbaum spent four decades with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, most recently as Chief Counsel, and was its legal director for over 10 years.
Rosenbaum has tried and argued successfully numerous civil rights cases in areas relating to race, gender and poverty, education, voting rights, police practices, criminal defendants’ rights, homelessness and international human rights.
He has argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court and more than 25 cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and the Court of Military Appeals. Rosenbaum has litigated cases which have resulted in statewide standards and a billion dollars for textbooks, qualified teachers and facilities for the most disadvantaged schools in California; the election of the first Latino supervisor in Los Angeles County in over 100 years; the invalidation of Proposition 187 and establishment of programs for desegregation in Los Angeles; and the release of a citizen and lawful permanent resident held indefinitely in Iraq.
He has been the Gunderson Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School, and has also taught at UCLA, University of Southern California and Loyola Law Schools. In 2010, he began teaching civil rights law at the Peking School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen to Chinese law students.
Rosenbaum has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for his achievements from many civil rights and public interest organizations and by the University of Michigan. He has also been recognized in the media, including being named one of the 500 best attorneys in the United States by Lawdragon Magazine; Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine; and one of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal each year since the award’s inception in 1998.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan and from Harvard Law School.