Mike McLively

Senior Staff Attorney & Urban Gun Violence Initiative Director, Giffords Law Center

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Mike McLively joined Giffords Law Center in 2013 and is now senior staff attorney and director of Giffords Law Center’s Urban Gun Violence Initiative, where he oversees an effort to use policy mechanisms to support and promote evidence-based violence intervention strategies aimed at preventing gun violence in America’s most impacted communities.

An expert on gun policy and urban gun violence, Mike authored Giffords Law Center’s groundbreaking 2016 report Healing Communities in Crisis and regularly speaks to state and local leaders on the need to address the day-to-day shootings that fuel America’s gun violence epidemic. In 2017, Mike wrote Investing in Intervention, which examines the critical role of state-level support in breaking the cycle of urban gun violence. He has discussed and debated gun laws on national television, including CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, and has appeared on a variety of radio programs, including KPCC’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle and WBEZ Chicago’s Morning Shift. Mike has also been quoted extensively by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, VICE, Mother Jones, and many others.

You can follow Mike on Twitter @mrmclively, where he regularly tweets about issues related to urban gun violence, the economic cost of gun violence, and more.

Prior to joining Giffords Law Center, Mike was a litigation associate at Jones Day, where he worked on matters involving criminal law and immigration law. He received his JD from the University of Virginia, where he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.