Sallyanne Payton, the William W. Cook Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, came to Michigan in 1976 from Washington, D.C., where she was chief counsel for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration of the USDOT. Previously Payton was staff assistant to the President on the Domestic Council staff. In the private practice of law she was associated with Covington & Burling. She teaches Administrative Law, and has served as chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Her industry specialty is health law; she has been active in the effort to reform federal health care financing and regulation. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Payton holds both B.A. and LL.B. degrees from Stanford University.