Myron Orfield

Senior Research Fellow

Myron Orfield is the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and the Director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. He has written three books and dozens of articles and book chapters on local government law, spatial inequality, fair housing, school desegregation, charter schools, state and local taxation and finance, and land use law. Orfield’s research has led to legislative and judicial reforms at the federal level and state level reform in several states. He has been a litigator in a large law firm, a civil rights lawyer, and an assistant attorney general of Minnesota. Orfield was elected to both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate, where he was the architect of a series of important legislative changes in land use, fair housing, and school and local government aid programs. Previously, he served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, on the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, as an academic advisor to the Congressional Black Caucus, as an advisor to President Obama’s transition team for urban policy and to the White House Office of Urban Affairs, and as special consultant to the HUD’s Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. 

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