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Assistant Professor of Law Michelle Boardman is taking a leave of absence from the law school to join the United States Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel. In her new position, Professor Boardman will be responsible for assisting the Attorney General in his function as legal advisor to the President and all the executive branch agencies. In announcing Professor Boardman's appointment, Dean Dan Polsby commented, "The extent to which the government calls upon members of our faculty for service in positions of the greatest sensitivity is something we can all be justly proud of."
The Office of Legal Counsel is also responsible for drafting legal opinions of the Attorney General and providing its own written opinions and oral advice in response to requests from the Counsel to the President, the various agencies of the executive branch, and offices within the Department and providing legal advice to the executive branch on all constitutional questions and reviewing pending legislation for constitutionality. Also, all Executive orders and proclamations proposed to be issued by the President are reviewed by the Office of Legal Counsel for form and legality, as are various other matters that require the President's formal approval.
Professor Boardman received her J.D. from the University of Chicago and her B.A.from Brown University. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review, Professor Boardman clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She joined the George Mason law faculty in 2002 after practicing appellate law for several years with Wiley Rein & Fielding. She teaches contracts and specializes in insurance law.