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 faculty member and current adjunct professor for the college of business at the University of Notre Dame, where she received several teaching awards. 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.
Judge’s Recusal From Michael Flynn Case Further Damages FBI, DOJ

Texts revealed a relationship between FBI agent Peter Strzok and Judge Rudolph Contreras. Does that cast suspicion on Contreras’ recusal from the Flynn case Strzok investigated?

Here’s The Dilemma Jeff Sessions Faces As He Considers Appointing A Special Counsel

Republicans want a special prosecutor to investigate the Obama administration, but the law only allows for the appointment of a special counsel in limited circumstances.

A Little Known Tweak To FISA Rules In 2015 Has Big Implications For The Carter Page Warrant

Congress requires the FISA court to maintain a pool of lawyers friendly to civil liberties who are willing to challenge the Justice Department’s applications for a spy warrant. But the court almost never uses them.

What The Federal Courts Are Getting Wrong About Transgender Discrimination In The Workplace

A brief primer on federal employment law exposes the error sweeping the judicial system.

Details: Trump Administration Agrees To Hand Over Long-Sought Fast And Furious Docs

The House Oversight Committee battled the Obama administration for years to get these documents on the botched gun-running operation released.

Trump Sues California Over Three Laws Designed To Frustrate Immigration Enforcement

Employees are prohibited from cooperating with immigration employees in California.

The Details In That Illegal Immigrant Abortion Case Are Finally Coming Out

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals filled in some of the details about a ‘barely 14-year-old’ illegal immigrant who changed her mind about getting an abortion with the help of the federal government.

The Same People Upset Over Cakes Are Now Cheering Discrimination Against Teenagers

Same-sex marriage is now considered a constitutional right. But the right to bear arms is actually in the constitution.

How Michael Flynn’s Case Could Prove Democrats Wrong About Federal Agencies’ Abuse Of Courts

Just as it seems the DOJ wrongfully obtained FISA warrants based on withheld information and hearsay, it seems evidence was withheld from Michael Flynn before his guilty plea.

Indiana House Guts Informed Consent Bill On Trans Ideology In Public Schools

Yesterday Indiana’s GOP-controlled House Education Committee sold out families to LBGT activists by refusing to require schools to inform parents if their kids are learning trans ideology.

New Case Could Undermine ACLU’s Push To Secure U.S. Abortions For Illegal Immigrants

Why are two activist lawyers trying to get an abortion for an underage noncitizen who insists she doesn’t want one?

How A Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn Could Uncover More Federal Corruption

Did Robert Mueller’s office withhold other evidence in Michael Flynn’s prosecution, either from the FISA court or from Flynn’s attorneys? There is reason to believe so.

Rapper Meek Mill’s Chances Of Getting An Early Release From Prison Just Went Way Up

The rapper’s sentencing judge hired an attorney, and so far he hasn’t done her any favors. His gaffe could be the reason Mill gets an early release.

Trans Activists Get Real About Their Crazy Ideas On Media Phone Call

There is no discrimination. The ACLU’s real complaint is that allowing single-sex bathrooms would not treat a trans man differently than it does other men.

Why It’s A Big Problem If The FISA Court Relied On Steele’s Hearsay To Grant A Surveillance Order

The Trump dossier allegations came from unnamed Russian sources — not Christopher Steele or other known informants. That’s a big problem.

NYT Misconstrues Fifth Circuit Appointee’s Record On Wrongful Murder Conviction

Kyle Duncan had nothing to do with John Thompson’s criminal case. Duncan also had nothing to do with the prosecutors who withheld evidence from Thompson’s attorneys.

ACLU Argues All Americans’ Speech Must Be Curbed To Make Transgender People Comfortable

Three transgender people want to obtain Alabama licenses that describe them as their opposite sex. The ACLU says to protect their free speech, everyone else should be limited.

Politico VP Demands Correction While Misconstruing His Outlet’s Coverage Of Second-Edition Grassley Letter

Although Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway clearly focused on the ‘more transparent letter released Tuesday,’ Politico VP of Communications Brad Dayspring took to Twitter to demand a correction.

We Don’t Need Democrats’ Memo To Know The FBI And DOJ Need House-Cleaning

No matter what additional facts Democrats disclose, the FBI and DOJ’s conduct is inexcusable and worthy of censure. Here’s why.

No, Larry Nassar’s Vocal Judge Shouldn’t Run For Michigan Supreme Court

Democrats are trying to get the judge who scored points for stating her opinion of Nassar in the courtroom to run for the Michigan Supreme Court.