Michael Romano is the director and founder of the Three Strikes and Justice Advocacy Projects 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 successful statewide ballot measures in California, the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (“Proposition 36”) and Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 (“Proposition 47”), which together resulted in reduced sentences for over 10,000 inmates convicted of nonviolent, petty crimes, including over 2,200 prisoners sentenced to life for minor offenses under the state’s “Three Strikes” recidivist sentencing law. Beginning in 2015, Michael and the Three Strikes Project partnered with the White House Counsel’s Office in support of President Obama’s executive clemency initiative. The work received numerous honors, including recognition by the Obama administration as a “Champion of Change.” Michael has been named one of California’s top lawyers and has been profiled in numerous news outlets, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Economist, and the award-winning PBS feature documentary The Return. Michael graduated with honors from Stanford Law School and was a John Knight Fellow at Yale Law School. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.