Michael Kaufmann: ICE agents have repeatedly raided Kern County courthouses in recent years, rounding up residents waiting to pay fines, appear in court, get married, and even – in one case reported to the ACLU – get a domestic violence restraining order.
About Michael Kaufman
Michael Kaufman joined the ACLU/SC in 2010 as a SPILF Fellow in the Immigrants’ Rights and National Security Project before being hired as a staff attorney in October 2011.
He is counsel in Rodriguez v. Hayes, a long-standing class action suit that challenges the government’s authority to detain immigrants for prolonged periods without a bond hearing. He also worked on Ali v. Clinton, a federal lawsuit challenging the revocation of Mr. Ali’s wife’s visa in retaliation for his invocation of his right to counsel during FBI questioning.
From 2008 to 2010, he was a Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, where he directed a project to empower and advance the rights of domestic workers in the Bay Area through direct legal services, education, and policy advocacy.
Michael clerked for Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated from Stanford University and earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he graduated with distinction and was a Senior Public Interest Fellow.