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.
Fifth Circuit Smacks Down Abortion Chain’s Attempt To Snag Catholic Bishops’ Emails

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling on a Texas case related to fetal cremation laws on Sunday.

Texas Judge Gives Private Lawyers Power Over Federal Government In Child Detention Case

A state judge appointed guardians for every minor detained at the Casa Padre Detention Facility and ordered an investigation into federal duties.

Trump Is Right: Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests He’s Conducting A Witch Hunt

Contrary to the mainstream media’s narrative, Robert Mueller’s latest indictment does not implicate President Trump, but exonerate him.

10 Ways DOJ Abused Its Authority When It Spied On Trump’s Campaign

New facts indicate Obama administration officials and career FBI and DOJ employees misled the FISA court in more ways than previous thought.

Left Cries Extremist, But Brett Kavanaugh Supported ‘Common Sense Gun Control’

His record shows Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh supports ‘common sense gun control,’ while the Left remains out of the mainstream.

Why It’s Impossible For Brett Kavanaugh To Make Abortion Illegal

Should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the question of abortion would return to the states, in most cases the legislative branch.

Wisconsin’s Marquette Decision Is A Big Win For Free Speech And A Sign Of Trouble

The high court ruled the Jesuit university breached its employment contract with John McAdams by suspending him for publishing a blog post criticizing a fellow faculty member.

6 Quick Takeaways From Paul Manafort’s Latest Setback In Court

Paul Manafort must now stand trial on multiple counts of filing false income tax returns, failing to file reports of foreign bank accounts, and bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Why The Supreme Court’s Ruling Will Protect All Pregnancy Centers From Forcibly Promoting Abortion

The majority opinion in NIFLA provides crisis pregnancy centers a nearly impenetrable protection from government interference with their pro-life message.

New Motion Again Shows Special Counsel’s Case Against Manafort Has Nothing To Do With Collusion

A new court motion proves again that the special counsel’s charges against Paul Manafort are utterly unrelated to Russia, President Trump, or Manafort’s brief stint as a campaign advisor.

In Ruling That Taking Cell Data Requires A Warrant, SCOTUS Stole Congress’s Job Again

In Friday’s split decision, the justices reversed the lower courts and held that to obtain historic cell-site information from third-party providers, the government must obtain a warrant.

The FBI Would Be Guilty Of Clear Bias If Its Trump Investigation Were A Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Hillary and Trump are similarly situated, yet in investigating allegations of illegality, the FBI approached the cases differently. It’s extremely clear from the inspector general report.

The IG Report On FBI’s Clinton Probe Reveals This Saga May Be Just Getting Started

The press is spinning the inspector general report as evidence the case is closed, but plenty of important questions remain.

What To Look For In The Inspector General’s Report About DOJ And FBI Election Interference

Tomorrow the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Justice will release a report about the DOJ and FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Here’s What We Can Glean From What George Papadopoulos’s Wife Is Telling Media

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos has returned to the media circuit to defend her husband, and her statements have proved enlightening.

No, Sessions Didn’t Decide Domestic Abuse Disqualifies Foreigners From Asylum

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to limit grounds for asylum is another step toward returning the rule of law to this country’s immigration system.

‘Fire Jeff Sessions’ Is A Plot From Liberals To Scalp The President’s Ally

The timeline shows Jeff Sessions’ recusal was not premeditated, but in response to Democrat efforts to entangle the attorney general in the Russia collusion narrative.

Why The FBI Needs Yet Another Cover Story For Starting Spygate

An examination of the George Papadopolous explanation for its Russia-Trump collusion investigation shows that the public evidence doesn’t fit the FBI’s story.

Judge Tells Avenatti His ‘Publicity Tour’ Is Endangering Michael Cohen’s Right To A Fair Trial

The status conference focused on the ongoing review of the seized documents. Cohen’s legal team said they had analyzed about one-third of the material, or about 1.3 million files in total.

3 Reasons Rod Rosenstein’s Special Counsel Appointment Was Illegal

There is no indication of collusion, but there is evidence Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of a special counsel violated the Constitution, federal regulations, and his authority.