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Michelle Lindo McCluer

Deputy Ethics Counselor at Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Law Practice
  1. National Institute of Military Justice,
  2. United States Air Force
  1. University of Oklahoma

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University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Political Science, Congressional Studies, History

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Military criminal law, non-governmental organization, government ethics law, and academic background melds technical expertise in trial and appellate practice with all aspects of policy advocacy and non-profit leadership. Sought-after panelist on national security/military law matters who is equally comfortable dealing with policymakers, media, development contacts, students, and the general public. Adjunct law professor brings top-notch writing and editorial skills to your organization. Coalition builder with worldwide contacts.


Government Ethics Law ● Criminal Law/National Security Practice ● Executive-Level Management Experience ● Internationally Recognized Education and Training Expertise ● Extensive Federal Appellate Court Practice ● Policy Analysis and Development ● Leveraging Strategic Partnerships Media Savvy

Government Ethics Law
Non-profit management.
Military Justice practice--trial and appellate levels, both prosecuting and defending.


Deputy Ethics Counselor

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
– Present (3 years)Northern Virginia

Stood up ethics program for new, risk-averse bureau formed from scandal-plagued predecessor. With all bureau employees restricted from owning most oil and gas company stocks, routinely issue orders to divest holdings and handle waiver requests. Significantly improved visibility and accessibility of ethics office through creative (not boring!) training and short tips throughout the year. Created ethics training for 15 Special Government Employee members of a Federal Advisory Committee. Improved process for designating financial disclosure filers, ensuring timely identification of potential conflicts of interest. Identified discrepancies in supplemental regulations and sought enforceable solutions. Rewrote outdated forms and policy documents. Participated in numerous Office of Government Ethics training programs, ranging from gift acceptance to post-government employment rules. Formed partnerships with other government ethics officers. Active in Interagency Ethics Council and bureau diversity initiatives.
• Completely revised mandatory (all agency employees) annual ethics training by incorporating interactive "ripped-from-the-headlines" examples presented at headquarters and field offices.
• Single-handedly reviewed and certified 300+ OGE-450s and OGE-278s in first few months on the job.
• Researched private-sector compliance programs, looking for best practices to implement.

Executive Director

National Institute of Military Justice
(2 years 11 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate--Andrews AFB

United States Air Force
(2 years 1 month)

Appellate Government Counsel

United States Air Force
(3 years)

Circuit Defense Counsel

United States Air Force
(2 years 1 month)

Area Defense Counsel

United States Air Force
(10 months)

Assistant Staff Judge Advocate

United States Air Force
(2 years 11 months)


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  • Ethics
  • Government
  • Policy Analysis
  • Trials
  • National Security
  • Military
  • Nonprofits
  • Training
  • Administrative Law
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Advice
  • Policy
  • Criminal Defense
  • Litigation
  • Appeals
  • International Relations
  • Civil Litigation
  • Public Policy
  • Legislative Relations
  • Criminal Justice
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