Michael E. Campion is an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Civil Rights Unit within the Civil Division of the
U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey under U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
As the Civil Rights Chief, Mr. Campion supervises the civil rights enforcement matters within the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In that role, he guides civil rights investigations, and where appropriate, brings civil actions in
U.S. District Court to enforce the federal civil rights laws. Mr. Campion has pursued civil rights matters under several statutes, including the Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.
In addition, Mr. Campion is in touch with many in the civil rights community, including advocates for religious, ethnic, and racial minority groups, as well as advocates for LGBTQ citizens, disabled individuals, fair housing rights, and prisoner rights. He meets regularly with civil rights advocates throughout the State and has organized trainings regarding federal civil rights protections under several statutes, including the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as federal civil rights protections against religious discrimination. Mr. Campion also is in contact with advocates for servicemembers and military legal assistance offices and has provided training on civil rights protections for servicemembers and veterans.
Mr. Campion received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 from New York University. He received a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 1999 from Fordham University School of Law, where he was the Notes and Articles editor of the Fordham Law Review. After graduating from law school, he served as law clerk to Judge Alfred M. Wolin of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. From 2000 to 2007, he worked as an associate in private practice. Since 2007, he has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey, serving as the Civil Rights Coordinator of the Civil Division from 2013 to 2016 and as the Chief of the Civil Rights Unit since 2016.