Michael Vargas

Attorney, Rimon Law


LGBTQ Rights and Legal Affairs Columnist

Michael Vargas is an attorney at Rimon P.C. and a lecturer in law at the Santa Clara University Law School. Michael has a broad legal practice that mixes expertise in technology startups, securities and M&A work, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship, and cannabis companies. At Santa Clara University, Michael teaches courses in business law and startups. Michael is also a prolific author, having published a number of legal papers and articles on topics in business law, employment law and LGBTQ rights.

Outside of work, Michael sits on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County, the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area Municipal Election Committee (BAYMEC). Michael is also a former board member of the New Leaders Council Silicon Valley and the American Constitution Society Bay Area Chapter.

In 2018, Michael was elected to the Santa Clara County Democratic Party’s (SCCDP) Central Committee representing Assembly District 25. In 2019, Michael was appointed to the SCCDP executive board, serving as Issues Director, and then to the California Democratic Party statewide Central Committee.

Michael graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008 with a Bachelors in Political Science. Michael received his Masters in Higher Education Administration from USC in 2010, and then his J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2013.

Michael’s expertise and interest areas include: LGBTQ rights, legal developments, economics, business and labor issues, higher education, housing policy, civil rights and local politics.

Vargas: The last giant of the Supreme Court

Of the 102 men and women to sit on the United States Supreme Court, only a few can truly be called giants of that most venerated body. Those who stand above the others are recognized not only for their towering intellect, but also for prophetic visions of social and political change. Among the greatest of...

Vargas: The politics and policing of gay sexuality

Alex Morse was just 22 when he was elected the first gay mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Last year, Morse decided to run for Congress against the moderate Democrat Richard Neal in the 1st District. Morse was a serious contender for the seat, until the UM Amherst chapter of the College Democrats, possibly in coordination with...

Vargas: Race-based affirmative action in college admissions still needed

With Prop 16 officially on the November ballot, affirmative action is once again in the headlines. When we talk about affirmative action in higher education today, we often talk about it narrowly in the context of explicitly race-based programs benefiting Black and Latinx applicants. However, there are myriad forms of affirmative-action programs in higher education...

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