November 16, 2008
John Kroger Professor of Criminal Law
Professor Kroger teaches criminal law and jurisprudence. In May 2008, Kroger, a Democrat, won both the Democratic and Republican nominations to be Oregon’s next Attorney General. He is a three-time recipient of the Leo Levenson Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded by the graduating class.
Kroger is the author of Convictions: A Prosecutor’s Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves, which was published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux in May 2008. Scott Turow has called Convictions “the best book about being a federal prosecutor since Jeffrey Toobin’s Opening Arguments.”
Before joining the faculty, Professor Kroger was a federal prosecutor. Kroger successfully prosecuted over two hundred federal criminal cases involving the mafia, public corruption, white collar crime, and narcotics trafficking. Kroger also argued frequently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 1999, Kroger received the Director's Award from Attorney General Janet Reno for convicting two mafia captains of multiple murders. In 2001, Kroger worked on the emergency response to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. From 2002 to 2003, Kroger served as a prosecutor on the U.S. Justice Department's Enron Task Force.
Kroger has also worked as an economic and domestic policy adviser to a number of leading Democratic politicians. He was Deputy Policy Director of Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential Campaign, a legislative assistant to Speaker of the House Thomas Foley and to Congressman (now senator) Chuck Schumer, and a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Treasury Department. Kroger served in the United States Marine Corps for three years prior to college. He clerked for the Honorable Judge Anthony Scirica, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of the Oregon and Connecticut bars. [Mark Godsey]
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