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Michael Zeldin Adjunct Professor WCL Adjunct Faculty

Michael Zeldin
WCL | General Academics & Research
Yuma Building Y343
E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow, Georgetown University
L.L.M., Georgetown University Law School, 1982
J.D., George Washington University, National Law Center, 1976
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1973

E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow, Georgetown University
L.L.M., Georgetown University Law School, 1982
J.D., George Washington University, National Law Center, 1976
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1973

District of Columbia

American Bar Association
International Bar Association
Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, Board Member


Michael is a TV and Radio legal analyst and host of the podcast That Said with Michael Zeldin.
Michael has served as federal prosecutor, private sector lawyer, law professor, and “Big 4” consulting firm Principal. He serves as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for the District of Columbia.
Michael has lectured throughout the United States and internationally on financial crime topics. He also has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, on the topic of international money laundering.
In the Spring 2019 semester, Michael was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he led a study group on independent counsel investigations of U.S. presidents from Watergate to the Mueller investigation.

 CNN Legal Analyst/Commentator, (2017-2020)
 On-air and Legal Analyst covering the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, the impeachment proceedings, and ongoing legal stories. (Michael still appears periodically on various media platforms.)

 BuckleySandler LLP, Special Counsel (2014-2017)
 Special Counsel in the law firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where Michael provided experienced guidance to financial institutions and financial services and other companies and their Board members and senior executives with respect compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) laws.

 Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, Principal (2001-2013)
 Global Head of the Financial Crimes practice where he served as an independent consultant for U.S. and global financial institutions and other businesses.
 PWC, Principal (1997-2000)
 Practice Leader, Anti-Money Laundering and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act service line.
 Deputy Independent Counsel/Independent Counsel (1993-1996)
 Deputy Independent Counsel/Independent Counsel investigating allegations of tampering with candidate Bill Clinton’s passport files during the 1992 presidential campaign.
 U.S. House of Representatives, Foreign Affairs Committee, October Surprise Task Force, Deputy Chief Counsel (1992-1993)
 Deputy Majority Counsel for the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the October Surprise Task Force, which was responsible for investigating the events surrounding the holding and eventual release of the American hostages in Iran during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter.
 Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1984-1992)
 Special Counsel for Money Laundering Matters to Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General (Robert Mueller)
 Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Offices
 Deputy Chief, Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section
 Department of Justice delegate to numerous international conventions, including:
• The G-7 Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, Paris, France
• The Council of Europe, Select Committee of Experts Regarding Search, Seizure and Confiscation of Crime Proceeds, Strasbourg, France
• The U.N. Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, Vienna, Austria
• The Organization of American States, Legislative Drafting Committee, Washington, D.C., Caribbean Action Task Force, Oranjestad, Aruba
 Michael has serves as a legal analyst providing commentary TV, radio, and Podcasts.
 From 1996 – 2000, Michael served as a legal commentator on multiple broadcast and cable TV and radio networks covering the Whitewater/Monica Lewinsky investigation, the Clinton impeachment, and Gore v. Bush legal challenges.
 From 2017-2020, Michael was under contract to CNN as an on-air and Legal Analyst covering the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, the impeachment proceedings, and ongoing legal stories.

 Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Politics, Resident Fellow (Spring Semester 2019)
 Antioch School of Law, Instructor of Law; Associate Dean (Clinics) (1982-1984)
 Georgetown University Law Center, Criminal Justice Clinic, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow (1980-1982)
 George Washington University, National Law Center, Legal Instructor, Legal Aid Clinics (1977-1980)
, In Stone case, a blast from the Obama past
February 19, 2020
, Trial shows Trump is guilty as charged
January 30, 2020
, How Senators and the Chief Justice can ensure a full and fair trial
January 16, 2020
, Lawyers debate: A presidential cover-up -- or a fair end to an unfair impeachment
January 10, 2020
, Is America entitled to a Trump impeachment trial?
December 22, 2019
, Are Trump impeachment articles legally flawed?
December 11, 2019
, Do Democrats have enough evidence to impeach?
December 7, 2019
, The option Mueller didn’t have
June 3, 2019
, The law is clear: Congress should get Trump’s tax returns May 17, 2019
, Congress-Barr conflict shows it’s time to bring back prosecutors with true independence
April 13, 2019
, Barr overstepped his authority and undermined the Mueller investigation
April 2, 2019
, What we're ignoring about Manafort's sentence
March 29, 2019
, Why America may not get the answers it seeks from Mueller
March 1, 2019
, Barr's reassurances about Mueller leave a lot of legal wiggle room
January 15, 2019
, The border wall solution Trump hasn’t thought of
January 14, 2019
, Mueller interviews Trump? It can happen if both sides negotiate in good faith
August 14, 2018
, The Manafort money laundering charges: What’s in store?
November 11, 2017
, On Russia and North Korea, shell companies conceal the truth
September 8, 2017
, Mueller’s Russia probe: Nothing is unrelated at this point
August 18, 2017
, If you’re following the Mueller investigation, you need a scorecard
August 3, 2017
, Why Russia probe investigators are looking at FinCEN anti-money laundering database
July 10, 2017
, Fire Mueller? Here’s why it’s likely Trump can’t
June 22, 2017
, Abuse of power, not obstruction, should keep Trump's legal team on edge
June 15, 2017
 Keynote Speaker, The 2019 Justice Robert H. Jackson Lecture Series, The White House on Trial, Albany School of Law, November 4, 2019
 Keynote Speaker, New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College, Truth on Trial: The Investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, March 19, 2019
 Luncheon Speaker, Loyola Marymount University, Global Policy Institute, Celebrating Public Service, February 21, 2019
 Luncheon Speaker, Rotary Club of Washington, DC, The Investigation of Special Counsel Mueller: Where Are We? November 2018
 Binghamton University, Trump on Trial, October 2018
 Luncheon Speaker, Harpur College, Binghamton Forum, The Mueller Investigation, May 2018
 Fairfield University, Open VISIONS Forum, Mueller vs. Trump: The White House on Trial, March 2018
 Vermont School of Law, Special Counsel Mueller vs. the White House, February 2018
 Keynote Speaker, Electronic Signature & Records Association (ESRA), Summer Meeting, Mueller vs. Trump,
July 2017
 Consumers' Research Bretton Woods Conference, Challenges & Opportunities of Blockchain Technology, July 2016
 9th Annual European AML Conference: Virtual Currencies - Their Advantage, ML/TF Risks, & Future Outlook, October 2015
 Block Chain Summit, Necker Island (Invitation of Sir Richard Branson), May 2015
 Member, Board of Directors, KEEN Greater DC, which provides free, non-competitive one-to-one exercise, fitness, and fun programs for children with disabilities. (
 Member, Annual Charity Auction Committee, KidSave, which provides adoption services to older children throughout the world. (
 Reading Tutor/Mentor, Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Scholar-Athlete Program
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