Michael is a J.D. candidate at Stanford Law and a M.S. candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources (E-IPER) at Stanford Earth. His research interests include public and private sector collaboration on climate change mitigation, migration and refugee resettlement resulting from climate change, and clean energy innovation. His EIPER capstone project is a compendium of model legal documents for a hypothetical joint venture between large companies to fund a utility-scale solar farm, inspired by the Stanford Solar Generating Station in Kern County, CA.
Michael is a first-generation college graduate and holds an A.A. in mathematics from College of the Canyons and a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was recognized with a Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award for his involvement in student government. While at Berkeley, Michael studied various aspects of public transit, including policy mechanisms to encourage its use and consumer attitudes that inhibit its wider adoption, and interned in the office of Congresswoman and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Michael began his first year of law school at 19 years old, at Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
At Stanford, Michael is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Stanford Law Association and the Environmental Law Society. He is the Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and works with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and the International Refugee Assistance Project. During law school, Michael has traveled to Canada, Colombia, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.
When Michael graduates in June 2019, he will join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's technology companies practice group in Santa Monica, CA. Orrick counsels many of the world's most innovative emerging technology companies, including those in cleantech and energy resources development.