Michael Romano is the director and founder of the Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School. He teaches advanced criminal litigation practice and public policy and has published several scholarly and popular press articles on criminal law, sentencing policy, prisoner re-entry and recidivism, and mental illness in the justice system. As counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Michael co-authored the successful California statewide ballot measures, the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (“Proposition 36”) and Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 (“Proposition 47”), which provided for the release of over 10,000 nonviolent prisoners, including over 2,200 prisoner’s sentenced to life for petty crimes under the state’s “Three Strikes” recidivist sentencing law. Beginning in 2015, Michael and the Three Strikes Project partnered with the Obama administration and Office of the White House Counsel in support of the president’s executive clemency initiative. His work has received numerous honors, including recognition by the Obama administration as a “Champion of Change” in 2016, and he was named one of California’s top lawyers in 2009. He has been profiled in numerous outlets, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Economist, and in the PBS feature documentary The Return. In 1999, he was a John Knight Fellow at Yale Law School and 2003 graduated with honors from Stanford Law School. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.