ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A University of New Mexico School of Law professor has been named to the high-ranking post of lead lawyer at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which “regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil.”
Max Minzner, 41, remains on the faculty at UNM’s law school, where he has been a professor for the last nine years, as he takes the post as general counsel to the commission. He will be working out of offices in Washington, D.C.
“I have known Max for almost 20 years, beginning when he was a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico,” FERC Chairman Norman Bay said in a statement Tuesday. “I have full confidence that Max will bring a high level of excellence to his work in the Office of the General Counsel.”
Bay is a former U.S. attorney for the District of New Mexico.
Minzner, an Albuquerque native, received the 2013-2015 University of New Mexico Presidential Teaching Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award given annually to only one professor at the school, according to his biography on the UNM law school website.
He took a leave from teaching in 2009 and 2010 to work for the commission as special counsel to the director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC in Washington, D.C.