Steven P. Croley, the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, is general counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy. He was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama on Aug. 1, 2013, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 12, 2014. He previously served as the special assistant to the president for justice and regulatory policy on the Obama administration's Domestic Policy Council from 2010 to 2011. In 2011, he joined the White House Counsel's Office and in 2012, became deputy White House counsel.
He teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, civil procedure, regulation, and related subjects. Prof. Croley received an AB from the University of Michigan, where he was a James B. Angell Scholar and won the William Jennings Bryan Prize. He earned his JD from Yale Law School, where he was articles editor of the Yale Law Journal, a John M. Olin student fellow, and recipient of the John M. Olin Prize and the Benjamin Scharps Prize. He also earned a PhD in politics from Princeton University. Following graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is a member of the Michigan bar. Prof. Croley began his teaching career at the Law School in 1993 and served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2003 through 2006. From 2006 to 2010, he served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. His scholarly research appears in, among other places, the Administrative Law Journal, the Chicago Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Harvard Law Review. He is the author of Regulation and Public Interests: The Possibility of Good Regulatory Government (Princeton University Press, 2008). In 2004, he received the American Bar Association's Award for Scholarship in Administrative Law. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010.