Christopher Schroeder, the head of the Office of Legal Policy, left the Justice Department in November to rejoin the faculty of Duke Law School.
Elana J. Tyrangiel, who is the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the office, is Schroeder’s temporary replacement.
The President Barack Obama has not yet nominated a new permanent head of the office that implements significant Justice Department policy actions and coordinates judicial nominations with the White House and Senate.
Schroeder was confirmed in April 2010. More recently, he’s been quoted in news articles about gun control plans the Justice Department drew up after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in the head in March 2011 while holding an open meeting with constituents at a shopping center. Those plans appeared to have languished. But in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Schroeder told the Washington Post that they were “still under consideration.”
Schroeder rejoins Duke as a professor of law and public policy studies and director of the Program in Public Law. He’s been at Duke, on and off, since 1979.
He previously served as the acting Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1996 to 1997, and also as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996.
As chief of the Office of Legal Policy, Schroeder aslo worked as a co-chair for a White House working group looking into internet and privacy.