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Golden State Offers Obama A Dream Team

Publication Date: 
November 30, 2008
Contra Costa Times
Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Josh Richman, Matt Krupnick and Denis Cuff

Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar is listed in the Contra Costa Times as one of President-Elect Obama's dream team:

A Stanford Law School professor, Cuellar is co-chairman of the Obama transition team's working group on immigration policy; there has been talk he could be appointed to lead the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security.

An expert in how organizations cope with the legal responsibility for managing complex criminal justice, regulatory and international security problems, Cuellar, 36, is on the executive committees of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation as well as the Stanford International Initiative.

His recent research has investigated the role of criminal enforcement in managing transnational threats; immigration and refugee policy in the United States and the developing world; the scope of "national security" during the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush; and other topics.

Cuellar has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and served as a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Foundation. Before coming to Stanford in 2001, he was senior adviser to the U.S. Treasury Department's Undersecretary for Enforcement during the Clinton administration. Earlier, he clerked for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Schroeder.

A California native who lives in unincorporated Stanford just off the university's campus, Cuellar holds a law degree from Yale and a political science doctorate from Stanford, and he is an elected member of the American Law Institute.