Marvin Krislov

Council Member

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Marvin Krislov is the 14th president and a professor of politics at Oberlin College. Previously, he was vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan where he led the University’s legal team in the 2003 Supreme Court case that upheld the constitutionality of the consideration of student body diversity in university admissions. Prior to entering academic life, Mr. Krislov served as Acting Solicitor and the Deputy Solicitor for National Operations at the U.S. Department of Labor, as Associate Counsel in the Office of Counsel to the President, and as a Federal prosecutor at the Justice Department on cases involving racial or religious violence as well as police brutality. He taught law at the University of Michigan Law School, sat on the Board of Aldermen for New Haven, Connecticut, and also taught law at George Washington University. Mr. Krislov received bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale University, where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. As a Rhodes Scholar, he studied at the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College, where he received an M.A. degree in modern history. He clerked for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.