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.
10 Crazy Things Inside The Lawsuit Against Marquette For Firing Professor Over Free Speech

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear John McAdams’ lawsuit against Marquette University over the conservative faculty member’s suspension for defending a student.

Three Cheers For Delta’s Decision To Restrict Pets On Flights

Don’t destroy the last semblance of civilized air travel by subjecting your fellow passengers to the noise, smell, and annoyance of pets you’re pretending are people.

For Proof Abortion Is Inhumane, Look No Further Than Supporters’ Defenses Of Killing Disabled People

Abortion isn’t about choice, or bodily autonomy, or what’s best for the unborn. It’s not even about what’s best for women.

6 Events That Prove Democrats’ Government Shutdown Over DACA Is A Fraud

The facts of DACA lay bare the fraud underlying the Democrats’ politically motivated, selective shuttering of the federal government.

The ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Case Should Make Courts Stop Issuing National Rules For Local Cases

Chicago’s ‘sanctuary’ cities case offers an important opportunity to challenge a dangerous practice of relatively recent advent: granting a nationwide injunction in a local dispute.

Chicago Is Right. The Feds Can’t Legally Withhold Grant Funding Over Sanctuary Cities

But there’s an easy solution to the problem. Congress should authorize the attorney general to impose reasonable conditions on the grant awards in question.

Why James Damore’s Lawsuit Will Be A Public Relations Nightmare For Google

During discovery, the plaintiffs will have the ability to request every document, email, and text concerning politics involving Google’s decision-makers.

In The #MeToo Era, Why Is David Letterman Returning To The Stage?

While Letterman is no Weinstein, his previous workplace behavior equally merits censure from the sisterhood: He had sex with numerous female ‘Late Show’ staffers.

The New York Times’ Selective Outrage About Murder Victims Will Sicken You

If international norms should tell, the United States should join the rest of the developed world and agree to reject this cruel and pointless practice. Right?

Abortion Supporters Pretend To Care About Woman Judges To Hide Anti-Woman Legal Goals

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is right: Courts matter. They matter because liberal judges long ago stopped interpreting the law and started inventing it.

10 Simple Steps Towards Making Your Meals More Manageable

Do you find dinner meal planning frequently frustrating? By following ten simple steps, 2018 can mark the year you make meals manageable.

How My Priest Taught Me About Forgiveness When A Man Bombed Our Church

With these few sentences, our pastor brought to bear the meaning of Jesus’s words in the gospel message he had just proclaimed to his parish.

What’s Going On With These Two Other Illegal Immigrants Seeking U.S. Abortions?

The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to force the federal government to facilitate abortions for two more illegal immigrants. And the details of the case so far are odd.

How A Judge Halted The Trump Administration’s Abortifacient Mandate Exceptions

The judge crystalized not just that elections have consequences but that so does the reach of government, legislative abandonment, and the ideology-imposing of unelected judges.

Court Case Reveals DC’s Metro Canceled All Religious Ads In Fear Of Terrorism

Two happenings in the last week cast new light on Metro’s advertising guidelines that ban political and religious displays, and thus rejected a Catholic Christmas ad campaign.

7 Things To Know About The Supreme Court’s Refusal To Consider Adding Sexual Politics To Employment Law

Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on whether sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under Title VII.

States Seek To Avoid Facing Little Sisters In Court While Challenging Their Legal Win

Six state attorneys general seek to force the Little Sisters to violate their consciences or pay millions in fines, all without having to face these religious caregivers in a court of law.

Why The Supreme Court Is Likely To Rule For Jack Phillips While Dodging The Big Religious Liberty Question

While there is always a risk of reading too much into Supreme Court justices’ questions during oral argument, there is often much to be gleaned.

Here’s What To Buy Your Bibliophiles For Christmas

Books last a lifetime—even if the bindings and pages don’t, the characters, drama, emotions, and imagination spurred by a timeless story endure forever.

Jose Garcia Zarate Epitomizes America’s Broken Immigration System

Jose Garcia Zarate is far from alone in illegally returning to the United States (multiple times!) following deportation. As Kate Steinle’s case shows, deportation is not enough.