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Laura Smith Morton - Senior Advisor to the Director of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis

Laura Smith Morton is a Senior Advisor to the Director of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis.  Laura previously served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2013 to 2014 and as Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) from 2012 to 2013. Prior to her service with CEQ and OMB, Laura was a Senior Advisor on Renewable Energy and Transmission at the Department of Energy. In that role, Laura managed a cross-cutting team of senior federal agency staff to identify policy and legal obstacles to permitting and siting of multi-state high voltage transmission projects. She also advised EERE leadership on strategies to implement internal and cross-agency initiatives to accelerate deployment of environmentally-responsible renewable energy projects.  Before joining DOE, Laura spent ten years in the energy practice of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., where she focused on permitting, environmental, and other regulatory issues arising from conventional and alternative energy projects.  Laura also was involved in many cases at trial, appellate, and Supreme Court levels regarding ownership of mineral rights and royalty disputes.  Early in her career, Laura was Senior Litigation Counsel in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a law clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.  Laura received a J.D. from George Washington University, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.