Neomi Rao

Neomi Rao

Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, The Office of Management and Budget

Associate Professor of Law Neomi Rao teaches and writes in the areas of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation. She founded the law school's Center for the Study of the Administrative State. On July 10, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed Professor Rao as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an agency within the White House Office of Management and Budget. She is on a leave of absence while fulfilling her duties in that role. 

Professor Rao's recent scholarship has focused on the political and constitutional accountability of the administrative state, in particular considering the role of Congress. Her comparative analysis of the use of dignity in constitutional law has been widely cited in the United States and abroad.

Professor Rao serves as a Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and on the Governing Council of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, as well as co-chair of the Section's Regulatory Policy Committee.

Professor Rao's scholarship is informed by her service in all three branches of the federal government. Prior to joining the Law School, she served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Professor Rao also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. In between government service, Professor Rao practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in public international law and arbitration. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in fall 2013.

Professor Rao frequently speaks at academic and professional conferences, briefs congressional staff, and comments in print and broadcast media. She has testified before Congress on matters including the Dodd-Frank Act, Revisiting ChevronDeference, and the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Professor Rao received her JD with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School and her BA from Yale University. Professor Rao is a member of the Virginia State Bar and a Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales.

2017 National Lawyers Convention

Administrative Agencies and the Regulatory State

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Speakers: Neil GorsuchDonald McGahnJefferson B. SessionsR. Alexander AcostaJonathan H. AdlerJohn S. BakerAditya BamzaiRachel BarkowSteven G. CalabresiDaniel A. CraneGregory DolinSusan E. DudleyJohn C. EastmanTheodore H. FrankDeborah A. GarzaHeather K. GerkenStephen GillersC. Boyden GrayMichael S. GrevePhilip A. HamburgerJohn C. HarrisonLisa HeinzerlingGail HeriotPeter KirsanowDonald J. KochanGary LawsonRoslyn LaytonVictoria A. LipnicJennifer L. MascottJohn O. McGinnisGillian E. MetzgerMichael B. MukaseyKen PaxtonRobert V. PercivalArti K. RaiNeomi RaoRonald D. RotundaHal S. ScottTheodore M. ShawRodney SmollaIlya SominRobert Greene SternePeter L. StraussJeffrey S. SuttonStuart S. TaylorGeorge J. TerwilligerKate Comerford ToddJonathan R. TurleyEugene VolokhPeter J. WallisonEdward WhelanKeith E. WhittingtonArthur E. WilmarthWilliam H. PryorDavid M. McIntoshF. Scott KieffDavid StrasDiane S. SykesRachel L. BrandNathan A. SalesDavid BarronA. Raymond RandolphG. Barry AndersonKevin C. NewsomJohn F. DuffyMichael W. McConnellR. Shep MelnickMichael P. VandenberghPaulette BrownBrendan Thomas CarrHeather ChildsNicholas GealeAdam GelbRobert HanniganAugust HanningJonathan S. KanterPaul Alan LevyLibby LockePhilip A. MiscimarraMark L. RienziMelissa Rogers
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
Sponsors: Washington DC Lawyers ChapterDC Young Lawyers ChapterCapitol Hill ChapterAdministrative Law & Regulation Practice GroupCivil Rights Practice GroupCorporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice GroupCriminal Law & Procedure Practice GroupEnvironmental Law & Property Rights Practice GroupFederalism & Separation of Powers Practice GroupFinancial Services & E-Commerce Practice GroupFree Speech & Election Law Practice GroupIntellectual Property Practice GroupInternational & National Security Law Practice GroupLabor & Employment Law Practice GroupLitigation Practice GroupProfessional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice GroupReligious Liberties Practice GroupTelecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group
Article I Initiative Conference

Article I Initiative Conference

Capitol Visitor Center Atrium and Auditorium First St NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20515
Speakers: Ron DeSantisJonathan KlickJames L. BuckleySaikrishna B. PrakashDavid M. McIntoshNeomi RaoKeith E. WhittingtonThomas G. HungarSteve KingDavid S. SchoenbrodChristopher C. DeMuthMichael S. Greve
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
Sponsors: Washington DC Lawyers ChapterDC Young Lawyers ChapterCapitol Hill ChapterFederalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
The Living Congress

The Living Congress

Adaptation or Decline?

This year’s Convention has a series of great panels about Congress, its original meaning, and...

Topics: Article I Initiative