The confirmation hearing for Christopher Schroeder, nominated to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, will be next Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced today.
Schroeder is a Duke University law professor and a former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Clinton administration. At the OLP, he will be in charge of judicial nominations and legal policy. Read his bio here.
The June 24 hearing will also review the nominations of Thomas McLellan to be Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Alejandro Mayorkas to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the Department of Homeland Security
Schroeder served on the Obama transition team for the Department of Justice. A critic of Bush-era legal policies, he was nominated after the president’s first pick for the job, Mark Gitenstein, withdrew under criticism about his lobbying work. Gitenstein, a former top Judiciary Committee staffer for then-Sen. Joe Biden, had worked with a U.S. Chamber of Commerce group that advocated tort reform. Read our previous coverage of Gitenstein here.