President Obama has nominated Norman Bay, the current director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Enforcement, to be chairman of the agency.
From 2002 to 2009, Bay was a Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. His courses included Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, Evidence, Introduction to Constitutional Law, and National Security Law.
Prior to teaching, Bay had a distinguished career in public service. From 2000 to 2001, he was the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. In 2000, President Clinton appointed Bay U.S. Attorney, and he was confirmed by the Senate. During his Justice Department career, Bay was detailed to the Treasury Department as a Special Assistant to the Inspector General and taught at the Justice Department's National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C.
He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1989 to 2000, an Attorney-Adviser at the United States Department of State from 1988 to 1989, and a Law Clerk for the Honorable Otto R. Skopil, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1986 to 1987.
He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.