Margaret Russell

Margaret M. Russell

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Russell has been a member of the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty since 1990, and is affiliated with the University’s Center for Social Justice & Public Service, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and the Center for Multicultural Learning. She has been honored for her contributions to student life at Santa Clara by the Asian Pacific Law Students Association and the Black Law Students Association. In 1991, she traveled to South Africa with a delegation of legal scholars to provide consultation on constitution-drafting for the post-apartheid transition.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara Law faculty, Professor Russell was a fellow at the public interest firm Public Advocates, Inc., a law firm in San Francisco. She served as the director of Public Interest Programs and as the acting assistant dean of student affairs at Stanford University, and also clerked for the Honorable James E. Doyle of the U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin.


J.D., Stanford University, 1984

J.S.M., Stanford University, 1990

B.A., cum laude, Princeton University, 1979

Areas of Specialization

Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contemporary Legal Theory

Affiliations and Honors

  • Chair, Legal Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC), 1998-01
  • Co-Director, Santa Clara Summer Program in Tokyo, 1992
  • Board of Directors, Vice President, National American Civil Liberties Union, 1990-00
  • Founding Member, East Palo Alto Community Law Project, 1982-90
  • Trustee, Oakland Museum of California
  • Board Member, Equal Justice Society