Charles N.W. Keckler was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2009, and his nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 19, 2010.
Mr. Keckler most recently taught analytical methods and a variety of litigation courses at Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law. His research has focused on reforms to the litigation system, empirical studies of the judicial process, and how to strengthen civil society.
From 2007-2009, Mr. Keckler was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families where he worked on regulatory matters and oversaw networks of federal grantees providing billions of dollars of services to disadvantaged populations. In this role, he testified before Congress and led the United States diplomatic delegation to the Organization of American States Conference on Social Development.
Prior to his work with HHS, Mr. Keckler taught civil procedure and comparative law for two years at George Mason University School of Law. He began his academic career as a lecturer at Northwestern Law School. He previously practiced as an appellate and trial litigator with Mayer Brown in Chicago. Immediately after graduating law school, he clerked for Judge Danny J. Boggs on the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Before going to law school, Mr. Keckler taught and did research in the field of anthropology, including as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and as an instructor in research methods at the University of New Mexico.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his M.A. and J.D from the University of Michigan. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.