UCI Law Professor Mark Rosenbaum Named Among Top Lawyers of the Decade


Mark Rosenbaum

Mark Rosenbaum, an Adjunct Professor of Law at UCI Law, has been named one of the Top Lawyers of the Decade by the Daily Journal for his impact litigation on education. Prof. Rosenbaum has been principal counsel in landmark cases in the areas of K-12 public and higher education – the Daily Journal recognized him for “Fighting for the most fundamental right of all – the right to know.”

Prof. Rosenbaum has been on a mission to bring better access to education to those in need. Among his many high profile cases: he was successful in securing over $1 billion for underserved schools in textbooks, qualified teachers and safe and sanitary school facilities (Williams v. California); redistricting Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor district lines to end over 118 years of discrimination against Latinos (Garza v. Board of Supervisors); in Michigan he was successful in arguing that the state had failed to provide basic education and adequate resources to its school on Detroit, which led to $94 million in funding for literacy-related programs; and he was co-counsel on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case, fighting against the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA – succeeding in a victory after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA.

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Prof. Rosenbaum is director of the Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law, which aims to eliminate economic injustice. 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.

While at UCI Law, Prof. Rosenbaum has taught many courses – he is currently teaching: Constitutional Analysis and COVID-19 & Civil Rights. Previously, he has taught the following courses: Constitutional Analysis II; Creative Lawyering; Education Equity Litigation; Education Reform Litigation; Litigation Theory: Fact & Narrative Development; Public Interest Litigation; and Supreme Court Practice and Strategic Litigation. Prof. Rosenbaum received the 2016 UCI Law Professor of the Year award, and he was also the faculty speaker at UCI Law’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

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.

Prof. 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 Daily Journal.