Barbara L. McQuade, BA '87, JD '91, is a professor from practice at Michigan Law. Her interests include criminal law, criminal procedure, national security, data privacy, and civil rights. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as the US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she was the first woman to serve in her position.
McQuade also served as vice chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and co-chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee. As US attorney, she oversaw cases involving public corruption, terrorism, corporate fraud, theft of trade secrets, civil rights, and health care fraud, among others. She also serves as a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Lawfare, Just Security, Slate, and National Public Radio, and she has been quoted in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Politico, and other publications.
Before becoming US attorney, McQuade was an assistant US attorney in Detroit for 12 years, serving as deputy chief of the National Security Unit, where she handled cases involving terrorism financing, export violations, threats, and foreign agents. She began her career practicing law at the firm of Butzel Long in Detroit. She previously taught at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
McQuade has been recognized by the Detroit Free Press with the Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership, The Detroit News with the Michiganian of the Year Award, Crain's Detroit Business as a Newsmaker of the Year and one of Detroit's Most Influential Women, the Detroit Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Arab American Civil Rights League with their Tribute to Justice Award, and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity with its Diversity Award.
McQuade is the author of Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America.
Panelist, “Who’s Watching You, a Multi-Disciplinary Privacy Panel,” University of Michigan Dissonance.
Speaker, “Reimagining Public Safety,” Citizen’s Research Council.
Panelist, “Cyber Security for Future Leaders: Surveillance, Privacy and Law Enforcement,” U-M Ford School of Public Policy
Panelist, “Cyberattacks, Pandemics, Emergency Planning, and the Legal Battle for Recovery, webinar,” Pacific Intelligence & Cyber, Investigation Law Group, O'Melveny.
Panelist, Impeachment Teachout, University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation.
Speaker, “Combatting Opioid Abuse: Public Health Should Inform Criminal Law Enforcement,” Harvard University Summit.
Panelist, “The Department of Justice and the Rule of Law,” American Constitution Society National Chapter Convening, Atlanta.
Witness, House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Obstruction of Justice.
Panelist, “Prosecutorial Independence, Institutional Norms,” University of Texas.
Speaker, “What We Can Learn from the Troubles,” Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers.
Panelist, “Data Privacy, Surveillance, and Law Enforcement,” SUMIT data privacy conference, University of Michigan.
Panelist, "Counterterrorism in 2020: Future Prospects and Challenges," Policy Talks, U-M Ford School of Public Policy.
Panelist, "Working with the Federal Government," Crain's Corporate Law Symposium, Detroit.
Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging American Democracy and the Rule of Law
"Not a Suicide Pact: Urgent Strategic Recommendations for Reducing Domestic Terrorism in the United States"
"Opioid Settlement Funds: Do Not Neglect Patients With Pain"
- Health Law
"Before the Cell Door Shuts: Justice Reform Efforts Should Focus on Steps besides Sentencing"
- Criminal Law