Justice, Fairness, Inclusion, and Performance.

Michael Barr

MEMBER SINCE: 2021

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Michael S. Barr is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, and the founder of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy. Professor Barr writes about domestic and international financial regulation. His books include Financial Regulation: Law & Policy (with Howell Jackson and Margaret Tahyar), No Slack: The Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans, Insufficient Funds (co-edited with Rebecca Blank), and Building Inclusive Financial Systems (co-edited with Anjali Kumar and Robert Litan). Barr served in the Obama Administration as Treasury's assistant secretary for financial institutions and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Barr previously served in the Clinton Administration as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin's special assistant, as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury, as special adviser to President William J. Clinton, and as a special adviser and counselor on the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State. Barr served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter, and previously to Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the Southern District of New York. He received his JD from Yale Law School, his MPhil in international relations as a Rhodes Scholar from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and his

History of Employment

Position
Division
Organization
Start
End
Professor of Law
Law School
University of Michigan
2006
2014
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions
United States Treasury Department
2009
2010
Counselor to the Director
National Economic Council
Executive Office of the President
2009
2009
Assistant Professor of Law
Law School
University of Michigan
2001
2006
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Development Policy
United States Treasury
1997
2001
Special Advisor to the President
Office of Management and Budget
1999
2001
Visiting Fellow
Brookings Institution
2001
2001
Special Assistant to the Treasury Secretary
United States Treasury
1995
1997
Special Adviser and Counselor
Secretary's Policy Planning Staff
United States State Department
1994
1995
Law Clerk
Chambers of Justice David H Souter
United States Supreme Court
1993
1994
Law Clerk
Chambers of Pierre N. Leval
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
1992
1993
Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law
Law School
University of Michigan
2014
Frank Murphy Professor of Public Policy
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
2017
Joan and Sanford Weill Dean
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
2017
Primary Policy Areas

Banking/Financial Regulation, Budget, Consumer Protection, Economy, Education, Government Operations/Innovation, Housing, International Aid And Development, Poverty, Small Business, Urban Affairs

Primary Sector of Expertise

Academic

Primary Functions

Academic Faculty, Academic Administration, Budgeting and Finance, Board Governance, Change Management, Economic Formulation, Intergovernmental, Organizational Structure/Design/Development, Risk Management, Strategic Planning