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Croley, Steven P.

Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law

3166 Jeffries Hall

Steven P. Croley, the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation and Trial Department and the Environment, Land, and Resources Department. He served as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy from 2014 to 2017. 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. In 2014, he was appointed by the president as a council member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and in 2015 made vice chair of the Administrative Conference. Professor Croley teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, civil procedure, regulation, and related subjects. He 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 the Hon. Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is a member of the Michigan Bar. Professor 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.


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What Agencies Do: The Fourth Branch in Operation. Mary Elizabeth Magill and Jonathan Lasken, co-authors. ABA Press, Forthcoming.

Regulating Systemic Risk: Proposing a Systemic Risk Control Commission. Tobin Project on Economic Regulation, Forthcoming.

An Overview of Federal Agency Regulatory Activity. Mary Elizabeth Magill and Jonathan Lasken, co-authors. American Bar Association, Forthcoming.

Civil Justice Reconsidered: Toward a Less Costly, More Accessible Litigation System. New York: New York University Press, 2017.

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