Michael Waterstone

J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and Professor of Law

BA, summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School


After law school, Michael Waterstone clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, then worked as an associate in the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles, & Olson for three years. From 2003-2006, Waterstone taught at the University of Mississippi Law School. He joined Loyola's faculty in the fall of 2006.  From 2009–2014 he served as Loyola’s Associate Dean for Research and Academic Centers.  In academic year 2014-2015, he was a visiting professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where the students selected him as the Outstanding First Year Professor.

Waterstone is a nationally-recognized expert in disability and civil rights law. He is one of the co-authors of a leading casebook on disability law and his recent articles are in the Harvard Law Review, Emory Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, amongst others. He is an associated colleague with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, an affiliated researcher with the Burton Blatt Institute, and has consulted on projects with the Human European Consultancy, the National Council on Disability, and the World Bank.

In 2012, Professor Waterstone received a grant from the Japan Foundation to work on shared understandings of US and Japanese Disability Law.  He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012.  He is also on the American Association of Law Schools Task Force on Professional Development.

Selected Scholarship

Books and Book Chapters
  • DISABILITY CIVIL RIGHTS LAW AND POLICY: CASES AND MATERIALS, Second Edition, with Blanck, Hill, and Siegal, West Group Publishing (2009).
  • DISABILITY CIVIL RIGHTS LAW & POLICY, with Blanck, Hill, and Siegal, West Group Publishing (2003).
  • Natural Disasters and People with Disabilities, chapter in LAW, PROPERTY, & SOCIETY, Ashgate Press (2007) (with Janet Lord and Michael Stein).
  • Disability Law, chapter in ENCYCLOPEDIA ON DISABILITY, Sage Publications. (2004)
Representative Policy Work

Finding the Gaps: A Comparative Analysis of Disability Laws in the United States to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY, (co-authored with Michael A. Stein), June 2008

Public Service

Waterstone is a current member of the California State Bar's Commission on Access and Fairness, a former Commissioner on the American Bar Association's Commission on Physical and Mental Disability, the former Chair of the American Association of Law School's Section on Disability Law, and a former board member of the Disability Rights Legal Center.

In the News

He frequently lectures on disability and civil rights law, and has provided media commentary for the New York Times, Voice of America, and other TV and radio outlets. He has testified before the United States Senate on issues relating to voters with disabilities and older voters.