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ABA AdLaw Section Member Spotlight Series: Sally Katzen, Former OIRA Administrator, by Linda Jellum

We thought you might like to learn more about members in the ABA Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section, so we have restarted our Section Member Spotlight Series. Prior posts in this series can be found here, on the Section’s legacy Notice and Comment blog that merged with the Yale Journal on Regulation‘s blog in 2015.

The second profile in our member spotlight series is Sally Katzen. Sally is currently a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law. Formerly, she served as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB during the Clinton Administration. We asked Professor Katzen to provide some background information, then choose from a variety of questions from which we could learn a little more about her. I hope you will enjoy learning about Professor Katzen.

Q: What is your current or past position within the ABA Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section? 

After serving on the Council, I became Chair of the Section in 1988-89.

Q: How has membership in the ABA Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section furthered your career

When I joined the Section (and throughout my tenure there), I got to work with people from the academy, private practice, and public service who had experience and expertise in subjects I really cared about.  I learned so much from these colleagues, with whom I forged both professional and personal relationships that have lasted a lifetime. 

Q: What’s the favorite part of your current job? 

I love getting to know new students each year; they keep me young and alert to new ideas and happenings, and I get to provide some life experience and hopefully wisdom – perhaps even inspiration – to those thinking about public service. 

Q: What was the best advice you got along the way? 

When a door opens, walk through it – you never know what’s on the other side until you try. 

Q: What has been the most exciting event of your career that involves administrative law? 

The most exciting and rewarding job I have held was as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB during the Clinton Administration.  I got to kibitz in some of the most meaningful decisions of the day and each night, I knew I had either helped move something important forward or stopped something that wasn’t too smart from happening.  I appreciated the trust the President had in me and greatly appreciated the opportunity to give back to this great country. 

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Linda D. Jellum is Chair of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and the Ellison Capers Palmer Sr. Professor of Tax Law at the Mercer University School of Law.

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