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Croley, Steven P.

Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law

3166 South Hall

Steven P. Croley, the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, 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. On Aug. 1, 2013, he was nominated by the president to serve as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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.

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

"Governance and Administrative Law." In Oxford Handbook of Governance. Forthcoming.

Civil Justice Reconsidered: Toward a Less Costly, More Accessible Civil Litigation System. Forthcoming.

"Beyond Capture: Towards a New Theory of Regulation." In Handbook on the Politics of Regulation, edited by D. Levi-Faur, 50-69. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011.

"Interest Groups and Public Choice." In Research Handbook on Public Choice and Public Law, edited by D. A. Farber and A. J. O'Connell, 49-87. Research Handbooks in Law and Economics. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010.

Co-author. "South Carolina's Fast Track Jury Trial an Inventive and Inexpensive Way to Resolve Cases." E. P. Gibson et al., co-authors. S. C. Law. 21, no. 1 (2009): 14-7.
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Elected to the American Law Institute, 2010.

Provided legal analysis to the Congressional Oversight Panel in connection with the COP's oversight of the Troubled Assets Relief Program, concerning legality of certain initiatives by the Treasury under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, April 2010.

Guest speaker, "Two Pictures of Civil Litigation," Institute for Retired Jewish Professionals, Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Michigan, March 2010.

Featured panelist, "Do We Have Too Many Lawyers (and Too Much Litigation)?," New York University Law School, March 2010.

Panel moderator for the Michigan Journal of Race and the Law Symposium on "The Problems Veteran Civil Rights Lawyers Faced, and Why They Were Successful," February 2010.

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