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Senate Confirms Former UNM Law Professor Norman C. Bay as FERC Chair

Norman Bay

On Tuesday, July 15th, the U.S. Senate confirmed Norman Bay, the current director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Enforcement, as chairman of the agency. FERC regulates the nation's electric grid and other energy infrastructure.

From 2002 to 2009, Bay was a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. His courses included Criminal Law, Evidence, International Criminal Law, Introduction to Constitutional Law, and National Security Law.

"The entire Law School community is proud to have Norman Bay as a member," says David J. Herring, dean of the UNM Law School. "He is a respected faculty member who drew our community together while he was here. I know that he will be an effective leader in serving on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission."

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. Bay served in the Department of Justice from 1989 to 2001. From 1989 to 2000, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia and New Mexico. Prior to his Justice Department service, he was an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Adviser at the State Department. He also clerked for the Hon. Otto R. Skopil of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Portland, Oregon.

Bay received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

07/16/2014