Barbara McQuade, ’91, has joined the faculty as a professor from practice, effective May 1. She will teach in the areas of national security, criminal law, and criminal procedure.
McQuade served until March as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan—the first woman in that role. She oversaw many significant cases during her seven-year tenure, including the conviction of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on public corruption charges; the conviction and life sentence of an Al-Qaeda operative for attempting to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009; and the conviction of Volkswagen AG and Takata Corp. for fraud relating to emissions tests and defective airbags. McQuade, who was appointed to the federal bench by President Obama, also was vice chair of the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee under Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and co-chaired the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.
“Michigan’s unique learning environment opened a new world of ideas for me as a student, and I am honored to return to teach the next generation of law students at a critical moment in our nation’s history,” says McQuade. “Helping students to develop a deep understanding of our laws, courts, and legal system has never been more important.”