Michael Barr (Treasury official)

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Michael S. Barr

Michael S. Barr is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy and the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He is also the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and faculty director of the University of Michigan's Center on Finance, Law, and Policy.[1][2] Previously he served as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions of the U.S. Treasury Department, where he helped to develop and pass the Dodd–Frank Act.[3]

Education[edit]

Barr attended Yale College and graduated summa cum laude with honors in history in 1987.[4] At Yale, he won the New Prize for public service and the Gries Prize for his senior history thesis: "The Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa."[5] Barr went on to earn his M.Phil. in international relations in 1989 as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford University.[6] His thesis was on U.S.-Panamanian relations.[7]

Barr returned to Yale Law School to earn a J.D. in 1992.[8] He was co-recipient of the AILA Human Rights Award [9] and recipient of the Charles G. Albom Prize for appellate advocacy during his time at Yale Law School.[10] [11]

Career[edit]

Upon graduating from Yale in 1992, Barr worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval in the U.S. District Court for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[12] Barr moved to the U.S. Supreme Court to clerk for Associate Justice David Souter in 1993.[13]

In 1994, Barr joined the policy planning staff of the United States Department of State as a special advisor and counselor.[14] From 1995-1997, he served as special assistant to United States Department of the Treasury Robert Rubin, and then as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for community development policy from 1997-2001.[15] Barr concurrently served as special advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1999-2001.[16].

In 2001, Barr joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty as an assistant professor of law.[17] He became professor of law in 2006 and co-founded the International Transactions Clinic at the University of Michigan in 2008.[18] In 2014, Barr was named the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law.[19]

From 2009-2010, while on leave from the University of Michigan Law School, Barr returned to the U.S. Department of Treasury as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions.[20] In this position, Barr was a key architect of the Dodd–Frank_Wall_Street_Reform_and_Consumer_Protection_Act of 2010.[21] He played a central role in developing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and policies to expand access to capital for small businesses.[22] Barr also helped develop and enact the Credit CARD Act of 2009.[23] In 2010, Barr was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award for Distinguished Leadership, the Treasury’s highest honor.[24].

Upon returning to the University of Michigan, Barr established and directed the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy, a university-wide interdisciplinary research center on financial policy and regulation, financial products and services, and management of financial institutions.[25]

In 2015, Barr helped create the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, which provides loan capital to minority entrepreneurs in Detroit.[26] He also co-founded the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) at the University of Michigan in 2016.[27] The DNEP is an interdisciplinary clinic that connects students and faculty from the Law School, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and the University of Michigan College of Engineering to help entrepreneurs develop their small businesses.[28]

Barr has served as an advisor to multiple public policy organizations and initiatives, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for American Progress, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.[29]

On August 1, 2017, Barr began a five-year appointment as the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.[30]

He is a non-resident scholar at the Brookings Institution and serves as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael S. Barr named dean of U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy", fordschool.umich.edu, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, retrieved 2017-06-15 
  2. ^ "Michael S. Barr faculty profile", fordschool.umich.edu, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, retrieved 2017-06-15 
  3. ^ "The Latest on the White House Staff Shuffle", thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com, The New York Times The Caucus Blog 
  4. ^ "Barr, Michael S. faculty profile", law.umich.edu, University of Michigan Law School 
  5. ^ "Yale Student Paper Collection", library.yale.edu, Yale University Library 
  6. ^ "Michael S. Barr Ford School appointment announcement", fordschool.umich.edu 
  7. ^ "Michael S. Barr's University of Oxford Thesis", ox.ac.uk, University of Oxford Bodleian Library 
  8. ^ "Michigan Law profile", law.umich.edu, University of Michigan Law School 
  9. ^ "Arhur C. Helton Human Rights Award page", aila.org, American Immigration Lawyers Association 
  10. ^ Goldstein, Brandt (2006), "Storming the Court: How a Band of Law Students Fought the President--and Won", books.google.com, Simon and Schuster 
  11. ^ "Michael S. Barr Curriculum Vitae" (PDF), fordschool.umich.edu 
  12. ^ "Barr Brookings Institution profile", brookings.edu 
  13. ^ "Michael Barr and Hannah Smotrich wedding announcement", nytimes.com 
  14. ^ "Barr U-M Poverty Solutions profile", poverty.umich.edu 
  15. ^ "Brookings Institution appointment announcement", brookings.edu 
  16. ^ "Michael S. Barr named dean of U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy", fordschool.umich.edu, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
  17. ^ "U-M Law School profile", law.umich.edu, University of Michigan Law School 
  18. ^ "U-M Law School newsletter" (PDF), law.umich.edu, University of Michigan Law School 
  19. ^ "U-M Regents Honor Michigan Law Faculty", law.umich.edu, University of Michigan Law School 
  20. ^ "CNBC Profile", www.cnbc.com, CNBC 
  21. ^ "Key lieutenants behind scenes ensured passage of financial regulation overhaul", www.washingtonpost.com, The Washington Post 
  22. ^ "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is keeping banks in check", latimes.com, Los Angeles Times 
  23. ^ "Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Michael Barr before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection", treasury.gov 
  24. ^ Michael S. Barr CV (PDF) 
  25. ^ "About the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy", financelawpolicy.umich.edu 
  26. ^ "Engines for growth: U-M faculty, students support Detroit entrepreneurs of color", fordschool.umich.edu, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
  27. ^ "New U-M Interdisciplinary Clinic Assists Detroit Entrepreneurs", financelawpolicy.umich.edu 
  28. ^ "Center on Finance, Law, and Policy secures grant to assist Detroit entrepreneurs", fordschool.umich.edu, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
  29. ^ "Michael S. Barr named dean of U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy", fordschool.umich.edu, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
  30. ^ "Michael S. Barr named dean of U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy", fordschool.umich.edu, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, retrieved 2017-06-15 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Robert K. Steel
Anthony Ryan (Acting)
Acting Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance
2009
Succeeded by
Jeffrey A. Goldstein
Preceded by
David Nason
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions
2009-2011
Succeeded by
Cyrus Amir-Mokri