Michael Kebede is Policy Counsel at the ACLU of Maine, where he advocates at the state and local level for policy that advances civil rights and liberties for all people in Maine.
Before joining the ACLU in 2019, Michael was Consumer Rights Advocate at Maine Equal Justice, a non-profit civil legal services organization in Augusta. There, he lobbied to advance the rights of low-income people in lending, utilities, and housing law. Before that, Michael was an Associate at Verrill, a full-service law firm in Portland, Maine. At Verrill, Michael represented clients in patent disputes, complex commercial matters, and personal injury cases.
Michael earned his law degree from Boston College Law School, and was awarded the Alumni Association Award at graduation. Following law school, Michael served as law clerk to Chief Justice Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Michael earned his master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Socio-Legal Research, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Anthropology and Social Thought and Political Economy.