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Michael Hilton

Policy Analyst at Poverty & Race Research Action Council

New York, New York
Law Practice
  1. Poverty & Race Research Action Council,
  2. North Carolina Department of Justice,
  3. Office of the Appellate Defender
  1. Columbia University School of Law

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Policy Analyst

Poverty & Race Research Action Council
– Present (7 months)Greater New York City Area

Drafting policy briefs and conducting critical analysis of education law and policy at the federal, state and local levels. Tracking regulatory proposals and preparing comments on behalf of partner organizations. Organizing coalition meetings between researchers, advocates, and practitioners. Developing strategies and regulatory proposals for racial and economic integration in primary and secondary schools. Researching the connections between segregation in housing, access to health services, and education, and exploring implications for policymakers and legislators. Managing social media outreach.

Law and Policy Fellow

Poverty & Race Research Action Council
(1 year 9 months)Washington D.C.

Education law and policy research; drafting policy briefs and formal regulatory comment letters; synthesizing and disseminating current research in the field; organizing meetings of researchers, advocates, and practitioners; and generally assisting in the work of a small public interest organization.

Legal Intern

North Carolina Department of Justice
(3 months)Raleigh, NC

Drafted proposed decision and motions to dismiss for state trial and appellate courts, drafted response to motion for sanctions and contempt for federal court. Attended deposition, participated in witness preparation and strategy sessions. Examined witness in Lyons v. FSU, authenticated and entered documents into evidence. Participated in appellate argument strategy sessions and attended appellate arguments. Reviewed and edited reduction in force policy for the Department of Public Instruction, researched and wrote legal memos.

Legal Intern

Office of the Appellate Defender
(3 months)Durham, NC

Attended appellate arguments, researched legal issues (in particular a complex causation issue in the appeal of a murder conviction in a case of first impression on unique facts), wrote memos, compiled information from case law and organized into readily accessible formats for use in challenging North Carolina's use of the death penalty, drafted litigation guide regarding family law issues for new attorneys.

Assistant Manager

Heritage Hills Recreation Club
(2 years 5 months)

Maintained relations between staff and patrons, oversaw safety of over 400 families, provided rescue and first aid, and acted as liaison between staff and Sharkey's Pool Service.

Cave Guide

Hilton Brothers Inc.
(4 years 5 months)

Supervised equipment safety and preparation, and acted as guide for groups.


CERD Shadow Report: Education in the United States and the Federal Responsibility to Reduce School Segregation and Address the Achievement Gap(Link)

Poverty & Race Research Action Council
June 2014

Shadow Report examining the United States' progress, or lack thereof, in achieving compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination with regard to education. See the response and education recommendations of the CERD Committee on pp. 6-7 here:

Literacy, Poverty, and Brain Development: Toward a New, Place-Based Educational Intervention(Link)

Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest
February 2014

This article, centered on emerging neuroscience regarding children raised in high-poverty environments, discusses how science demonstrates a strong, arguably causal connection, between high-poverty environments and differences in developing brain architecture, and suggests that states should concentrate efforts to decrease areas of concentrated areas of poverty in order to provide these students with an equal educational opportunity.


Columbia University School of Law

J.D, Law

Managing Editor for Columbia Journal of European Law, 2011-2012

Activities and Societies: Columbia Journal of European Law, Columbia Law Revue

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., with distinction, Political Science, Creative Writing

Highest Honors for Thesis in Poetry Writing: Shaking the Still

Activities and Societies: Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Varsity Track & Field, Pauper Players Theater Company

Northwood High School

Honors & Awards

Highest Honors

University of North Carolina English Department

Highest Honors for senior poetry thesis "Shaking the Still"


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  • Courts
  • Appeals
  • Education Law
  • Legal Research
  • Westlaw
  • Criminal Law
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Policy
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Legal Issues

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