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Christopher H. Schroeder, Professor Emeritus of Law School and Sanford School of Public Policy  

Office Location: Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-7096
Duke Box: 90362
Email Address: schroeder@law.duke.edu
Web Page: http://law.duke.edu/fac/schroeder/
Web Page: http://law.duke.edu/fac/schroeder/bibliography
Note: (on leave, serving as Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice)

Areas of Expertise

  • American Government and Politics, Congressional Decision-making and Reform

J.D., University of California - Berkeley, 1974
M.Div., Yale University, 1971
B.A., Princeton University, 1968

Research Description: Congressional decision-making and reform; democratic theory; administrative and environmental law and policy

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Schroeder, C; Percival, R; Miller, A; Leape, J. Environmental Regulation: Law, Science, and Policy. Aspen Publishers, 2013.
  2. Schroeder, C. Why the Justice Department May be Right.  Huffington Post (2013).
  3. Schroeder, C. "Public Choice and Environmental Policy." Research Handbook on Public Choice and Public Law. M I T PRESS, 2010: 450-485. [available here]
  4. Schroeder, C; Liu, G; Karlan, P. Keeping Faith with the Constitution. Oxford University Press, 2010.
  5. Schroeder, C; Glicksman, R. "The United States Failure to Act." (2010): 21-44.


In December, 2012, Chris Schroeder returned to the Duke Law School faculty after serving for nearly three years as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the United States Department of Justice, where he supervised the evaluation of President Obama’s nominees to the federal judiciary and provided policy advice to the Attorney General and the White House on a variety of law enforcement and national security issues.  Chris has also served as acting Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel where he was responsible for legal advice to the Attorney General and the President on a broad range of legal issues, including separation of powers, other constitutional issues, and matters of statutory interpretation and administrative law. He has also served as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Schroeder is currently teaching a course on Federal Policymaking to Duke Law School’s Duke in DC externs, as well as co-teaching a seminar on presidential powers with his Duke colleague, Jeff Powell. He is working on a book on presidential powers.

Chris is married to Kate Bartlett, former Dean of Duke Law School.

Christopher H. Schroeder