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Prof. Steve Croley Confirmed as General Counsel of Energy Department

By Lori Atherton
May 13, 2014

University of Michigan Law School Prof. Steven P. Croley, who has served in the Obama administration as deputy White House counsel since 2012, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Monday as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy. He was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama in August 2013.

Prof. Steve Croley, general counsel of the U.S. Energy Department"Dr. Croley brings to the department leadership team both extensive experience representing the interests of the United States and wide-ranging interests in energy and environmental issues," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. "I thank the Senate for approving his nomination, and I look forward to his advice and counsel."

Of his confirmation, Prof. Croley said, "I am honored to serve the president in this new role, and am grateful for having been confirmed by the Senate. I look forward to working with Secretary Moniz and all of my new colleagues in the Energy Department on issues of great importance to our country."

Prof. Croley has been on leave from Michigan Law since 2010, when he began serving as special assistant to the president for justice and regulatory policy on the White House Domestic Policy Council. From 2011 to 2012, he was a senior counsel to the president in the Office of the White House Counsel. As deputy White House counsel, he focused on domestic legal issues, including energy issues, and worked closely with the Department of Justice and the Office of Management and Budget.

An expert on administrative law, civil procedure, regulation, and related subjects, Prof. Croley began teaching at the Law School in 1993, where he is the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law. He served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2003 to 2006 and was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2006 to 2010. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010 and received the American Bar Association's Award for Scholarship in Administrative Law in 2004.

Prof. Croley received his AB from the University of Michigan, his JD from Yale Law School, and his PhD in politics from Princeton University. After graduating 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.

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