Associate Professor of Law and Founder of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State (On Leave)
B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School
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 Chevron Deference, and the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Professor Rao received her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. from Yale University. Professor Rao is a member of the Virginia State Bar and a Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales.