President Obama Nominates TU Law & Business Professor Brad Carson as Army General Counsel

Thursday, September 15, 2011

 Brad Carson
Brad Carson, TU professor and
Director of the National Energy
Policy Institute, speaking at
last year's Chesapeake Lecture.

President Barack Obama has nominated former Oklahoma Congressman Brad Carson, currently a professor at TU with a joint appointment to the colleges of law and business, to be general counsel to the United States Army.

The General Counsel is the chief lawyer of the Army, ultimately responsible for determining the Army's position on any legal question. The General Counsel serves as legal counsel to the Secretary, Under Secretary, five Assistant Secretaries, and other members of the Army Secretariat. The General Counsel also exercises technical supervision over the Office of the Judge Advocate General, the Office of the Command Counsel, Army Materiel Command, and the Office of the Chief Counsel, Corps of Engineers.

In addition to teaching at TU, Carson is also Director of the National Energy Policy Institute, a joint project of TU and the George Kaiser Family Foundation that is headquartered in Tulsa. NEPI is a non-partisan and not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching all aspects of energy policy and disseminating those research findings to both policymakers and the public.

From 2009 to 2010, Carson served in Iraq on active military duty, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. Prior to his deployment, Carson was the President, CEO and Business Development Director for Cherokee Nation Businesses, L.L.C. He joined CNB in 2005, following a one-year fellowship at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.

Carson served as the U.S. Representative for the 2nd District of Oklahoma during the 107th and 108th Congresses. From 1997 to 1998, he was a White House Fellow and worked as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Special Projects at the Department of Defense. Carson’s legal career began in 1994 at Crowe & Dunlevy where he worked as an antitrust attorney.

Carson is a Rhodes Scholar and an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He holds a B.A. from Baylor University, an M.A. from Trinity College at Oxford University, and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Scott Been