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Eli Savit

Attorney and Adjunct Professor

University of Michigan Law School

Eli Savit is an attorney and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. His areas of expertise include appellate and Supreme Court litigation; civil rights; education law; environmental law; and state and municipal impact litigation.

Since 2016, Savit has served as senior advisor and counsel to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. As senior advisor, Savit maintains a policy portfolio encompassing consumer protection, education, environmental justice, and public safety. As counsel, Savit advises the mayor on legal issues concerning the City and the mayor's administration. Working with the city's Law Department, Savit also spearheads special litigation projects on behalf of the City of Detroit.

Prior to his appointment by Mayor Duggan, Savit served as a law clerk on the United States Supreme Court for Justices Sandra Day O'Connor (ret.) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  He also clerked for the Hon. David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for the Hon. Carlos T. Bea on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition, Savit previously practiced with two major national law firms, focusing on appellate and Supreme Court litigation.

Savit is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (2010), and Kalamazoo College (2005).  His views on this site are his own, and do not reflect the positions of the City of Detroit or its Mayor.

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Let’s Not Burn The Paris Agreement To Save It

5/17/17  //  Commentary

Today on Take Care, Professor Ann Carlson offers a provocative idea. She suggests that we should be rooting—alongside EPA administrator Scott Pruitt—for the Trump Administration to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords. Here’s a less provocative take: No, we shouldn’t.

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

Calculating Costs and Defining Our Future

4/25/17  //  Commentary

The March for Science reminded us that cutting funding to science today harms generations to come. Yet there is also another, subtler way the Trump Administration threatens to impose future costs on young people: the way in which it calculates costs themselves in cost-benefit analyses essential to our administrative state.

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

Why The Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Can Be Challenged in Court

4/3/17  //  Commentary

The State Department's decision authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline raises a profound question about when courts can review agency action based in presidential power. The answer to that question has major implications for the rule of law.

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

The Injustice of Trump's Climate Order

3/29/17  //  Commentary

As a result of Trump's tragic climate order, people will suffer, and some will die. Not only years from now, but also in the short term.

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

Why Trump's EPA Cannot Gut Climate Change Regulation

3/19/17  //  Commentary

Can EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt lawfully discard his agency's duty to regulate greenhouse gases? Probably not.

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School