Michael S. Barr is the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Faculty Director of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and at the Brookings Institution.

He served from 2009-2010 as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

At Michigan, Barr teaches courses in domestic and international financial regulation. Recent books include No Slack (Brookings Press 2012), Insufficient Funds (Russell Sage, 2009, with Blank) and Building Inclusive Financial Systems (Brookings Press, 2007, with Litan and Kumar). Barr is a frequent media commentator on financial, housing, and economic issues. He also recently published "Mandatory arbitration in consumer finance and investor contracts".

Barr currently serves on the Advisory Board of Lending Club, an online lending marketplace; of ideas42, a behavioral economics research and development lab; of the Financial Solutions Lab, an initiative to seed and scale innovations to build consumer financial security; of the FDIC Committee on Financial Inclusion; of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth; and of the U.S. Financial Diaries Project. He is also a fellow at the Filene Research Institute.

Barr previously served as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin's Special Assistant, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Community Development Policy, as Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton, as Special Advisor and Counselor on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the Southern District of New York.

Barr received his J.D. from Yale Law School, an M. Phil in International Relations from Magdalen College, Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, and his B.A., summa cum laude, with Honors in History, from Yale University.

Michael S. Barr is the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Faculty Director of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and at the Brookings Institution.

He served from 2009-2010 as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

At Michigan, Barr teaches courses in domestic and international financial regulation. Recent books include No Slack (Brookings Press 2012), Insufficient Funds (Russell Sage, 2009, with Blank) and Building Inclusive Financial Systems (Brookings Press, 2007, with Litan and Kumar). Barr is a frequent media commentator on financial, housing, and economic issues. He also recently published Mandatory arbitration in consumer finance and investor contracts“.

Barr currently serves on the Advisory Board of Lending Club, an online lending marketplace; of ideas42, a behavioral economics research and development lab; of the Financial Solutions Lab, an initiative to seed and scale innovations to build consumer financial security; of the FDIC Committee on Financial Inclusion; of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth; and of the U.S. Financial Diaries Project. He is also a fellow at the Filene Research Institute.

Barr previously served as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin’s Special Assistant, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Community Development Policy, as Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton, as Special Advisor and Counselor on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the Southern District of New York.

Barr received his J.D. from Yale Law School, an M. Phil in International Relations from Magdalen College, Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, and his B.A., summa cum laude, with Honors in History, from Yale University.

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