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Authors biographies

Michael S. Barr is the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Faculty Director of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy at the University of Michigan, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and at the Brookings Institution. He served under President Obama from 2009–2010 as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. In the Clinton Administration, Barr served as Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Community Development Policy, Special Assistant to the Treasury Secretary, and Special Advisor and Counselor on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department. During the 1993 October Term, he was a law clerk for Associate Justice David H. Souter. Additional information on Professor Barr’s activities is available at

Howell E. Jackson is the James S. Reid, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Since joining the Harvard faculty in 1989, he has authored numerous scholarly articles and other publications on financial regulation. He has also advised government officials on regulatory policy in the United States and around the world. Professor Jackson is the founding editor of the SSRN Regulation of Financial Institutions eJournal and a member of the academic advisory panel for the Cambridge University Press financial and corporate law series. Since 2005, Professor Jackson has been a trustee of CREF and affiliated TIAA-CREF mutual funds. Professor Jackson occasionally serves as consultant or expert witness in public enforcement actions and private litigation against financial services firms. During the 1983 October Term, he was a law clerk for Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall. Additional information on Professor Jackson’s activities is available at

Margaret E. Tahyar is a partner in the Financial Institutions Group at Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP and the Bruce R. Nichols Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. Since joining Davis Polk in 1989, she has advised numerous domestic and foreign banking organizations deal with a wide range of regulatory reform, enforcement and transaction related problems. She writes and speaks frequently, is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of financial regulation (band 1 in Chambers and National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers 2015). After becoming a partner in 1997, she spent 12 years in Europe, first in London and then in Paris. During the 1988 October Term, she was a law clerk for Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall. Additional information on Professor Tahyar is available at


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