Michael Lieberman has been the Washington Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League since January, 1989 and is also Director of the League’s Civil Rights Policy Planning Center. Before starting work for ADL in September of 1982, Michael served as Legislative Assistant and Counsel in Washington to two different Members of Congress.
Michael received his B.A. from the University of Michigan where he majored in Judaic Studies and International Relations. He received his law degree from Duke University where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal, and Editor-in-Chief of the Duke International and Comparative Law Institute.
Michael leads civil rights coalition efforts for ADL in Washington, and serves as Policy and Enforcement chair for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the most important civil rights coalition organization in Washington.
Michael is ADL’s point person on Federal and state response to bullying and bias-motivated crimes. He chairs the coalition of religious, civil rights, law enforcement, education, and civic organizations in Washington promoting improved federal response to hate violence. He received the Justice Department’s 2015 Meritorious Public Service Award for his leadership work in helping to enact and implement the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 and for building coalitions to combat hate violence.