Margot Cleveland
Margot Cleveland

Margot Cleveland is a senior contributor to The Federalist. She is also a contributor to National Review Online, the Washington Examiner, Aleteia, and, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Cleveland is a lawyer and a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned the Hoynes Prize—the law school’s highest honor. She later served for nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cleveland is a former full-time university faculty member and now teaches as an adjunct from time to time.

As a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of a young son with cystic fibrosis, Cleveland frequently writes on cultural issues related to parenting and special-needs children. Cleveland is on Twitter at @ProfMJCleveland. The views expressed here are those of Cleveland in her private capacity.

In Philadelphia Foster Care Case, Roberts Supreme Court Refuses To Protect Christians From Persecution

The Philadelphia foster care case represented yet another failure by the high court to definitely end the ongoing governmental targeting of faith-based organizations.

Don’t Believe Leftist Lies About A Federal Judge’s End To California’s Gun Ban

Judge Roger Benitez’s opinion provides a perfect primer for Americans seeking to understand the law and the gun fallacies leftists push.

Legal Battles Expose Abortion Industry Collusion With Democrat-Run Governments

On Friday, in a rare move, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals yanked a 100-plus page opinion it had issued in March against a group of pro-life protestors.

Bowser’s DC Metro Police, Not Trump, Deployed Tear Gas Against Rioters Near White House Last June

The MPD’s admission explains the divide between on-the-ground reporting of the use of tear gas and denials by the federal government of the use of tear gas to clear Lafayette Park.

Biden Administration’s Blatant Institutional Racism Gets Rebuke From Sixth Circuit

While Vitolo only addressed the race- and sex-based discrimination in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, it could prove fatal to many federal and state statutes, regulations, and practices.

What You Need To Know About Twitter’s Lawsuit Against Texas Up Friday

On May 7, lawyers for Twitter will square off against attorneys representing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a San Francisco, California federal court.

Why The ‘Jeopardy!’ Three-Finger Farce Is A Sinister Sign For America

The mob was not amused, with the former ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants calling Kelly Donohue’s refusal to apologize for something he did not do ‘problematic.’

What You Need To Know About The Big Gun Rights Case The Supreme Court Just Took

The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Corlett, represents the first time in more than a decade that the high court will hear a Second Amendment case.

Trump Isn’t President Any More, But The Left Is Still Blaming Him For Everything

In advance of this week’s State of the Union address, Washington Post staffers peppered the public with reasons to blame former President Trump for Joe Biden’s failures.

New California Law Could Put Male Serial Rapists Into Women’s Prisons

A new California law that gives male inmates the right to be housed in female prisons provides no protection for women inmates or guards.

How Mastercard’s Rules Against Child Pornographers Could Be Used To Ban Conservatives From Banking

Leftist activists have already been pushing Mastercard, Visa, and others to expand their ban beyond illegal activities, with the eventual goal of demonetarizing opposing political views.

Mike Rowe Is Right: A Higher Minimum Wage Takes Away Stepping-Stone Jobs

‘Dirty Jobs’ and ‘Six Degrees’ host Mike Rowe is correct about the negative economic and social effects of the minimum wage.

Campaign Donations Show Big Business Effort To Oppose Voting Integrity Is About Helping Democrats Win, Not ‘Democracy’

The modern democracy desired by Saturday’s participants is one our corporate and ivory tower overlords control, rather than the peons in red states.

Supreme Court Slam On California COVID Rules Also Burnishes Religious Liberty Protections

The court’s unsigned order in Tandon v. Newsom signifies the reemergence of religious liberty as a valued jurisprudential principle to the Supreme Court.

Sixth Circuit Abortion Case Illustrates Leftist Judges’ Disdain For Laws And Precedent

The case shows the judiciary is just as fractured as the rest of America, and leftist judges are defiantly ignoring Supreme Court and circuit precedent.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Should Sue ‘60 Minutes’ For Defamation

‘60 Minutes’ falsehoods provide the perfect vehicle for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to prove that Democrat propagandists posing as the press deserve no heightened legal protection.

MLB All-Star Game Jerk From Georgia Proves There Will Be No Unity Without Freedom

Given the depth of the cultural and political divide, there is only one hope for healing our nation: A return to our foundational principles—for if there is no federalism, there will be no unity.

Right Voters Will No Longer Allow Bowing To Corporate Bullies In Georgia Or Anywhere Else

Despite their pressure on Georgia and other states, woke business, big tech, corporate media, and sports leagues do not hold veto power over legislation any more.

The Worst Thing About Kristi Noem’s Sports Capitulation Is Her Lies

While Gov. Kristi Noem understandably prefers to avoid facing the economic brunt of a showdown with the NCAA, if she led, others would follow. That is what conservatives want.

Bowing To Corporate Demands For Watered-Down Bill, Gov. Kristi Noem Sells Out Women’s Sports

Given the reality of the NCAA’s policy, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s proffered explanation for excluding women collegiate athletes from the protections of H.B. 1217 is beyond misleading.