Michael Dreeben

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Michael Dreeben
Bornc. 1954 (age 65–66)
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison (BA)
University of Chicago (MA)
Duke University (JD)

Michael R. Dreeben (born c. 1954) is the Deputy Solicitor General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice criminal docket before the United States Supreme Court. He is recognized as an expert in U.S. criminal law. In 2017, he was enlisted by special counsel Robert Mueller to assist the investigation of Russia's interventions into the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[1]

Dreeben has a lengthy career in the Solicitor General's office, starting as an Assistant in 1988, then promoted to Deputy in 1995.[2] In his first case before the Supreme Court, United States v. Halper (1989), he was opposed by John Roberts, who later became Chief Justice.[3] In 2016 Dreeben became only the seventh person to argue 100 cases before the Supreme Court.[4]

Dreeben has taught as visiting faculty member at Duke Law and as adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.[5][6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • ——— (1981). "Hot-Cargo Agreements in the Construction Industry: Restraints on Subcontracting under the Proviso to Section 8(e)". Duke Law Journal. 1981 (1): 141–180. doi:10.2307/1372307. JSTOR 1372307.
  • ——— (1988). "Insider Trading and Intangible Rights: The Redefinition of the Mail Fraud Statute". Am. Crim. L. Rev. 26 (1): 181–227.


  1. ^ Mauro, Tony (June 9, 2017). "Mueller Enlists Top Criminal Law Expert for Russia Probe". The National Law Journal. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Appellate Issues" (PDF). United States Attorneys Bulletin. 61 (1): 13. January 2013.
  3. ^ Walsh, Mark (April 27, 2016). "A view from the Courtroom: Official actions and reactions". SCOTUSblog.
  4. ^ Overley, Jeff (May 9, 2016). "100 Oral Arguments: How A DOJ Atty Made High Court History". Law360. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Meet the 2010-2011 visiting faculty". Duke Law News. August 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Robert Weisberg, ed. (2005). "Excerpts from The Future of American Sentencing: A National Roundtable on Blakely". Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. 2. hdl:1811/72898.

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