Gray Center Distinguished Practitioners in Residence

In winter 2022, the C. Boyden Gray Center developed the distinguished practitioners in residence initiative, a program that will forge enhanced connections between the research work of the Gray Center and the day-to-day litigation and deregulatory counseling efforts taking place in courtrooms across the country and on Capitol Hill. The three inaugural distinguished affiliations will be held by former Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, former Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel Steven A. Engel, and former White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II.

Gray Center Co-Executive Director Jenn Mascott founded the distinguished practitioners initiative to build on the Center’s role as a leading hub of academic research and debate on legal and policy issues regarding the federal separation of powers and the administrative state. The initial three distinguished practitioners bring unparalleled expertise to the Gray Center through their prior service at the highest levels of the federal government. Through their counsel and participation in Gray Center conferences and programs plumbing constitutional and legal questions on the forefront of deregulatory litigation and appellate practice, the contributions of the distinguished practitioners will further cement the Gray Center’s role as a leading academic research institution in the nation’s capital.