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Steven Croley served as the General Counsel from May 21, 2014 to January 19, 2016. Prior to his tenure at the Department of Energy, he served in the Office of White House Counsel. From 2012-2014, he served as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President, and from 2011 to 2012 as Senior Counsel to the President. He oversaw a legal team handling a wide range of domestic legal issues, including energy. From 2010 to 2011, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice & Regulatory Policy on the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Mr. Croley is the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School (on leave since 2010). He began his academic career at Michigan in 1993. In 1995, he was awarded the L. Hart Wright teaching award. From 2003-2006, he served as Michigan Law's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He has published widely on the subjects of administrative law, civil procedure, and regulatory policy.
From 2006 to 2010, he served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan. He represented the United States in a variety of affirmative and defensive civil litigation in the district and appellate courts. He is a member of the Michigan Bar. From 2003-2006, he served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Mr. Croley received his A.B. from the University of Michigan, J.D. from the Yale Law School, and Ph.D. (Politics) from Princeton University He began his legal career as a law clerk to Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In 2004, he received the American Bar Association's Award for Scholarship in Administrative Law. In 2010, he was elected into the American Law Institute. In 2014, he was appointed by the President to serve as a Council Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and in 2015 was named as Vice Chair of the Council.