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Sally Katzen
Public Interest/Public Service Fellow
University of Michigan Law School

Since leaving government service in January 2001, Sally Katzen has been teaching both law students (University of Michigan, George Mason University, University of Pennsylvania) and undergraduates (Smith College, Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan in Washington Program).

She served almost eight years in the Clinton Administration, first as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the White House, and finally as the Deputy Director for Management at OMB. She has recently served on panels for the National Academies of Science and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.

Before joining the Clinton Administration, Ms. Katzen was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, specializing in regulatory and legislative matters. Ms. Katzen has served in various leadership roles in the American Bar Association (including Chair of the Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and two terms as DC Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates), and as President of the Federal Communications Bar Association and President of the Women's Legal Defense Fund.

She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was the first woman Editor in Chief of the Michigan Law Review. Following graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She also served in the Carter Administration for two years as the General Counsel of the Council on Wage and Price Stability in the Executive Office of the President.

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