Christopher Schroeder was first nominated to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy on June 4, 2009. His nomination was reported favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote without dissent in July. After he was re-nominated this year, his nomination was reported favorably in February by a vote of 16-3, with support from a majority of the Republicans on the Committee. Schroeder has receive bipartisan endorsements from individuals such as:
- Eleanor D. Acheson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Policy Development under President Clinton
- Kenneth Starr, Solicitor General under President George H.W. Bush
- Walter E. Deillinger III, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, Acting Solicitor General under President Clinton
- Arthur Culvahouse, White House Counsel to President Ronald Regan
It’s easy to see why Schroeder has received broad support from both sides of the aisle when you look at his record.
- Currently serving as Duke University’s Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy Studies, and the director of the Program in Public Law
- Serves Of Counsel at O’Melveny & Myers
- Previously served as Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, where he assisted in providing legal advice to the Attorney General, the Executive Office of the President and other executive branch agencies on a broad range of issues.
- Previously served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine to evaluate the use of human intentional dosing studies by EPA and the adequacy of the U.S. drug safety system.
Despite Schroeder’s experience and background, his nomination has been pending on the Executive Calendar for more than 230 days. Never before has the Senate witnessed obstruction of this nature for this position at the Office of Legal Policy.
President George W. Bush’s first nominee to head the office, Viet Dinh — a prolific and sometimes controversial law professor — was confirmed just one month after he was nominated. Each of the three Bush-appointed Assistant Attorneys General who succeeded Dinh, — Daniel Bryant, Rachel Brand and Elisabeth Cook — was confirmed by voice vote in less time than Schroeder’s nomination has been pending.
Schroeder will today finally see a full Senate vote on his nomination this afternoon. Stay tuned to C-SPAN 2 for live coverage.