At ThinkProgress, Ian Millhiser has posted an extended profile of Sam. It begins:
Sam Bagenstos has the kind of credentials that could have made him a very rich man. Harvard Law School. A high-level appointment in the Obama Justice Department. A clerkship for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. An endowed chair at one of America’s elite law schools.
Instead, he’s spent the bulk of his career litigating civil rights cases.
Bagenstos tells me he was “inspired to become a lawyer by the civil rights movement of the 1960s.” He cut his teeth as a lawyer with the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division shortly after the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, and has spent the last several decades becoming one of America’s leading experts on the rights of the disabled. He returned to the Civil Rights Division as its #2 official during the early years of the Obama administration. And he’s now fighting on behalf of the many residents of Flint, Michigan poisoned by inept leaders and lead-laden water.
Read the whole thing at ThinkProgress. Millhiser's article highlights the importance of change on the Michigan Supreme Court, and shows why Samuel Bagenstos will bring the change that is needed.