Sallyanne Payton graduated from Stanford University in 1964 and Stanford Law School in 1968, where she had been a member of the Stanford Law Review. After graduating she worked for the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, D. C. and in 1971 began work on the White House Domestic Council staff. In 1973 she became Chief Counsel of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration in the Department of Transportation. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School in 1976 as Associate Professor of Law, where she has specialized in administrative and health law. She has served as a Public Member and Senior Fellow of the now-defunct Administrative Conference of the United States, has chaired the Section on Administrative Law of the Association of American Law Schools, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She served on the President’s Commission on National Health Care Reform during the Clinton Administration, and sat on the national steering committee of Lawyers for Bush-Quayle in the 1992 Presidential Election. She was also among the first board of directions of ERA America circa 1976 and has co-chaired the Michigan Women’s Political Caucus.
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