Ohio State law prof joins Obama administration

Peter Swire, the C. William O'Neill Professor in Law and Judicial Administration at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, took a leave to serve in the White House under President Barack Obama. He has been appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. This position is in the National Economic Council (NEC), led by Lawrence Summers. Among other matters, Professor Swire will be working on housing and housing finance issues.

The NEC was established in 1993 to advise the President on U.S. and global economic policy. It resides within the Office of Policy Development and is part of the Executive Office of the President. In working on housing finance issues, Professor Swire is returning to topics that engaged him early in his career, during and after the savings-and-loan crisis. In that period, he worked extensively on banking and housing issues, and served as President of the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Swire has taught a range of business law courses, including Banking Regulation, Business Associations, and Antitrust Law, along with his work on privacy and Internet-related issues.

Professor Swire, a member of the Moritz faculty since 1996, is the author of numerous scholarly writings and law review articles, including recent publications in the George Washington Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review. From 1999 until early 2001, he was on leave from the College to serve as the Clinton administration’s Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Since returning to the College, he has directed the Moritz Washington, D.C. Summer Program.