Margaret Colgate Love


Margaret Love specializes in executive clemency and restoration of rights, sentencing and corrections policy, and legal and government ethics. She has written and lectured widely on pardon policy and practice, and on the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction.

Ms. Love served as U.S. Pardon Attorney between 1990 and 1997, and currently represents applicants for presidential pardons and sentence commutations. She also represents applicants for state relief from the collateral consequences of conviction.

Ms. Love is a co-author of a major treatise on collateral consequences:  Love, Roberts & Klingele, Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy and Practice (NACDL/West 2013).   Ms. Love’s descriptions of the law and practice on relief from collateral consequences and restoration of rights in each U.S. jurisdiction are posted on the website of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  She also directed the ABA National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction from 2011 to 2013.

Ms. Love is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

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Law Office of Margaret Love
15 Seventh Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Tel: 202-547-0453
Fax: 202-547-6520