Profiles DHS Attorney and MSU Prof Stephanie Blum '99

Stephanie Blum, '99, was recently profiled by An excerpt of the article is below:

Stephanie Blum, adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law, teaches a hot button topic – National Security Law.

An attorney for the Department of Homeland Security, where she advises and supports the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL), Blum also teaches terrorism-related courses at the MSU School of Criminal Justice.

“CRCL makes sure that DHS and its offices are mindful of civil rights and civil liberties implications when they create homeland security policies, and investigates complaints filed by the public alleging abuses of civil rights caused by the Department’s policies, procedures, or personnel,” she says.

“I provide written and oral advice on issues dealing with the Fourth Amendment, Equal Protection, and First Amendment related activities.”


She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and says law was always her career target.

“I never seriously considered any other professional field. I love to argue, analyze, read and write so it seemed liked a natural fit. I also like to explore issues from all different sides.

“I realized I wanted to work for the government after doing internships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago and after working as a traffic prosecutor for the City of Chicago. I thought that would combine my interests in government with my legal skills.