Michael P. Socarras received his J.D. in 1986 at Yale Law School and his B.A. summa cum
laude in politics in 1983 at Brandeis University. From 1986 to 1987 he was a law clerk to Judge
James L. Buckley of the D.C. Circuit. He also served from 1987 to 1989 as special assistant to
William Bradford Reynolds in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. In 1989 he became
an associate at Covington & Burling, where he practices as a litigator. His interests include animal
research, tobacco, abortion, and civil rights.