Margaret Colgate Love

MARGARET LOVE practices law in Washington, D.C., specializing in executive clemency and restoration of rights, and sentencing and corrections policy.  A prolific author, Ms. Love represents applicants for presidential pardon and commutation of sentence, and also advises individuals with state convictions who are seeking to avoid or mitigate collateral consequences.  She consults with legislatures, clemency and parole authorities, governors' offices, and other agencies on the development and operation of mechanisms for relief from collateral consequences.

Ms. Love is co-author of a treatise on collateral consequences (Love, Roberts & Klingele, Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy and Practice (NACDL/West 2013), and from 2011 until 2013 she directed the ABA’s project to inventory the collateral consequences of conviction in each U.S. jurisdiction. She serves as a member of the Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as liaison to the ABA Standards Committee from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and as an Adviser to the American Law Institute Model Penal Code/Sentencing project.  She chaired the drafting committee for the ABA Criminal Justice Standards on the Treatment of Prisoners, and the drafting committee for the Standards on Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification of Convicted Persons. She participated in the drafting of the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act, and is currently on its enactment committee.  From 2005 to 2009 she directed the work of the ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions, and in 2003-2005 was reporter for the ABA Justice Kennedy Commission. She is currently an Adviser to the American Law Institute Model Penal Code/Sentencing project.

Ms. Love served as United States Pardon Attorney in the Justice Department from 1990 to 1997, with overall responsibility for operation and management of Justice Department’s executive clemency program.  She was Deputy Associate Attorney General and Associate Deputy Attorney General (1988-1990), and Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel (1979-1988).

Ms. Love was awarded a Soros Senior Fellowship in 2004-2005. She is a former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and member of the ABA Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct ("Ethics 2000").

Ms. Love received her law degree from Yale, and has a Masters Degree in Medieval History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Love's resume can be found here.