Margaret Stapleton oversees the Shriver Center's efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act successfully and to improve and defend the Medicaid program. She also works to improve the child support and criminal justice systems so that they help and do not harm low-income individuals and families. She has extensive federal and state court litigation experience and has worked extensively on legislation and rulemaking. She serves on the Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services’ Child Support Advisory Committee and Medicaid Public Education Committee. Before joining the Shriver Center in 1996, she worked as a staff attorney in the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago’s welfare team for ten years and with legal services and civil rights organizations in Cairo and East St. Louis, Illinois, for fifteen years. She is a 1971 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.