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UC Berkeley Professors Vie for Spots on Team Obama

Posted By Danica Li On Nov 6, 2008 @ 12:56 am In News | Comments Disabled

As the new President-elect meditatively contemplates a buckling economy, gears in the political machine are a-turnin’, and the new administration’s eyeing fresh meat for key appointments in high positions. Who out of the Berkeley academic crypt could possibly be so well-regarded as to deserve such a lofty designation?

A Haas professor, for one. The name of Laura D’Andrea Tyson’s being bandied about with a handful of others in consideration for an earth-shatteringly important economic post, like, oh, secretary of the Treasury. Competition’s fierce, though — former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker or former secretary of Treasury Lawrence Summers might end up with the job instead.

The new management’s also recruited the dean of Boalt School of Law, Christopher Edley Jr., whose academic work concerns civil rights and administrative law. According to a post by The Atlantic [1], Edley’s been named to serve on Obama’s transition team advisory board. Edley was recruited in 2004 to bring the high and mighty to Berkeley law, but before that he was a professor for 23 years at Harvard Law School. Actually, Obama used to serve as a young Jedi-in-training under Edley when he was at Harvard Law himself.

Reports are speculating that the new administration might appoint him to a high Justice Department position–maybe even to a cushy spot on U.S. Supreme Court. Edley himself demures, claiming that he’d rather not dip a toe back into the shark-infested waters of DC. Still, he doesn’t completely quash every possibility of working for Obama.

Image Source: sandrino [2] under Creative Commons
Californians may be on Obama’s short list [SF Chron [3]]
Berkeley law school dean named to President-elect Obama’s transition team [PolitickerCA [4]]

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[1] The Atlantic: http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/11/transition_team_announced.php

[2] sandrino: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandrino/2855287072/

[3] SF Chron: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/05/BUF613UUT2.DTL

[4] PolitickerCA: http://www.politickerca.com/jeffmitchell/3107/berkeley-law-school-dean-named-president-elect-obamas-transition-team

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