Barbara McQuade Biography
Barbara Lynn McQuade is an American attorney who served as the U.S attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. She is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School and also serves as an MSNBC columnist and NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst.
In 2017, she was forced to resign as the chief federal prosecutor in eastern Michigan by the Trump Administration after the administration told all U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama to step down. She had served for seven years and prior to that, she was an assistant U.S. attorney for 12 years.
Barbara McQuade Age
She was born on December 22, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan.
Barbara McQuade Parents
McQuade has not revealed the names of her parents but she has said that as a young child she watched sports with her father, especially baseball.
“We loved going to Tigers games. He showed me how to read the box score. We watched games together on TV— I’d listen to Ernie Harwell broadcast the Tigers games.”
Barbara McQuade Husband
Barbara is married to Dan Hurley (Daniel R Hurley) who is also an attorney. The couple met at Michigan Law School where they were both students.
Dan is the Chief Executive officer of the Michigan Association of State Universities, based in Lansing. He is also an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the office in 1992 and has an extensive litigation background, having handled civil, criminal, and appellate matters. In 2008, he won a national award for his prosecution of a conspiracy to drive an African American family from their neighborhood by burning down their house.
Barbara McQuade Children
McQuade and her husband Dan have four children together. Their names are however unknown as she keeps them private.
Barbara McQuade US Attorney
Barbara is a US attorney who served as the U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. She was appointed by President Barack Obama, becoming the first woman to serve in the position. She also served as vice-chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee under Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and served as co-chair of the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee from 2010 to 2017.
While serving as the U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan she led the prosecution of imprisoned former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. She also oversaw a number of other significant cases, including the conviction and life sentence of an Al-Qaeda operative for attempting to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009; the conviction and 45-year sentence of Dr. Farid Fata for Medicare fraud; the conviction and $4.3 billion fine against Volkswagen AG relating to emissions tests; the conviction and $1 billion fine against Takata Corp. for fraudulently concealing defective airbags; and settlements with local municipalities regarding enforcement of religious land use laws.
She was ordered to resign from the position by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on March 10, 2017.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, she was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit for 12 years, serving as Deputy Chief of the National Security Unit. In her position, she handled cases involving terrorism financing, foreign agents, export violations and threats, and served as the district’s Crisis Management Coordinator.
McQuade began her career in law at the firm of Butzel Long in Detroit from 1993 to 1998, and served as a law clerk to Hon. Bernard A. Friedman on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1991 to 1993.
Where is Barbara McQuade Based?
Barb is no longer practicing law but is a law professor at the University of Michigan.
Barbara McQuade University of Michigan
Barbara is a law professor at the University of Michigan, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and national security law. She has also taught at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she served as an adjunct professor from 2003 to 2009 teaching criminal law in the evenings.
Barbara McQuade Podcast
McQuade appears on the Sisters In Law podcast alongside Joyce Vance, Jill Wine-Banks, and Kimberly Atkins. Barb and Vance are members of National Association of Former United States Attorneys while Kimberly Atkins is a Boston Global Opinion columnist and Jill Wine-Banks was the only woman on the Watergate prosecution team.
On the podcast, they talk about how the government works, their take on corruption and give their rulings on the latest in politics, law, and culture.
Are Joyce Vance and Barbara McQuade Related
Barbara and McQuade are not related but they are friends and co-hosts on a podcast called Sisters In Law. They are both members of National Association of Former United States Attorneys. Barbara served as an attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan (2010-2017) while Vance served as Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama (2009-2017)
Barbara McQuade MSNBC
McQuade is an MSNBC columnist and NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst. Her first appearance on MSNBC was the day Sally Yates was going to testify before Congress about the information she had shared with the White House about Mike Flynn and MSNBC was looking for someone to explain that. Her friend was the one who was invited but she couldn’t make it so she passed on her name. The following day Jim Comey was fired as FBI director and Rachel Maddow Show was looking for someone to talk about that and they reached out to her. She kept getting regular calls and have been doing it ever since.
She said in an interview that she wanted to be a sportswriter and wrote for her high school newspaper. She also wrote for Michigan Daily.
Barbara McQuade Freckles
Barbara has freckles on her face. In 2013 she made a ruling asking Golden Corral restaurants to pay a $55,000 civil penalty after they allegedly kicked out a family after noticing a child that suffered from a genetic skin condition. According to the lawsuit the restaurant’s manager violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying service to Danielle Duford of Garden City, Mich. and her four daughters. Three of Duford’s daughters suffer from epidermolysis bullosa, a condition that makes a person’s skin extremely vulnerable to blistering.
The mother tried to educate the hotel management about the condition and the fact it was not contagious.
In a release Barbara said, “The promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act is that disabled citizens should have full access to public life. We hope that this lawsuit will assist in expanding people’s understanding of the range of disabilities and the obligations to treat all disabled citizens fairly under the law.”
Barbara McQuade Health/ Barbara McQuade Illness
Barb has no illness. She only have freckles on her face which are not an illness or a health threat.
Barbara McQuade Net worth
She has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Barbara McQuade Awards and Recognition
She has been recognized by the Detroit Free Press with the Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership, The Detroit News with the Michiganian of the Year Award, Crain’s Detroit Business as a Newsmaker of the Year and one of Detroit’s Most Influential Women, the Detroit Branch NAACP and Arab American Civil Rights League with their Tribute to Justice Award, and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity with their Diversity Award.