Monthly Archives: March 2018

Adler on Gluck & Posner on Judges as Statutory Interpreters

by Chris Walker — Monday, Mar. 12, 2018@chris_j_walker

I was so excited to see Abbe Gluck’s latest article (with Richard Posner)—Statutory Interpretation on the Bench: A Survey of Forty-Two Judges on the Federal Courts of Appeals—hit the Harvard Law Review press over the weekend. Gluck’s empirical and theoretical work on legislation and statutory interpretation is always a must-read, and this article is no […]

Chevron and Political Accountability

by Chris Walker — Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018@chris_j_walker

Kent Barnett and I recruited political scientist Christina Boyd as a coauthor to mine our Chevron in the circuit courts dataset in a more sophisticated manner. We just posted to SSRN a draft of our latest article from this dataset—Administrative Law’s Political Dynamics—which is forthcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review. I’ll be blogging more about this […]

Rocky Mountain Wild v. U.S. Forest Service: Applying Forsham v. Harris in the NEPA Context, by Bernard W. Bell

by Guest Blogger — Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) makes “agency records” available to the public upon request, but leaves the term “agency record” undefined. In Forsham v. Harris, 445 U.S. 169 (1980), the Supreme Court ruled that FOIA did not reach documents created and held by government contractors. Later, in U.S. Dep’t of Justice v. Tax Analysts, […]

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Chevron as a Remedial Limitation

by Andrew Hessick — Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018@andyhessick

Chevron deference, which requires courts to defer to reasonable agency interpretations of statutes that the agency administers, is a central doctrine of administrative law. Despite its importance, Chevron rests on uneasy ground. Critics have raised various legal objections to the doctrine. One is that requiring courts to defer to agency interpretations of statutes violates the […]

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The Alternative Separation of Powers in Constitutional Coup

by Jennifer Mascott — Friday, Mar. 9, 2018@jennmascott

I am honored to have the chance to review Jon Michaels’s engaging, brilliantly written, and insightful work. Constitutional Coup is a very enjoyable read, chock-full of creative word pictures like Michaels’s description of the “torch and pitchfork crowd” out to get the “Nanny State.” As Jeff Pojanowski and others have observed, the book is thought-provoking […]

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Knock it off, Idaho. (But carry on, Idaho.)

by Nicholas Bagley — Friday, Mar. 9, 2018

Credit where credit is due: the Trump administration announced yesterday that it won’t look the other way if Idaho flouts the Affordable Care Act. The ACA “remains the law and we have a duty to enforce and uphold the law,” CMS administrator Seema Verma explained in a letter to Idaho’s governor and its insurance director. Maybe it’s a […]

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Deliberate and Serendipitous Separation of Powers in the Administrative State

by Emily Bremer — Friday, Mar. 9, 2018@emilysbremer

Jon Michaels’ new book is a masterful blend of important and fascinating subjects, including the constitutional character of administrative law, superstatute theory, privatization, and procedure. It’s a fun read, too, and a must for anyone interested in a fresh perspective on the perils of privatization! In this post, however, I’m going to focus on some discrete details of […]

The State(s) of Civil Society Oversight, by Miriam Seifter

by Guest Blogger — Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018

Jon Michaels’ imaginative, insightful book portrays the administrative state in a new and thought-provoking light. He argues that the modern arrangement of agency leaders, civil servants, and civil society—“the administrative separation of powers”—recreates the internally rivalrous, tripartite structure that he sees as central to the federal constitutional design. And he makes an impassioned call that […]

Anti-Privatization as a Second-Best Strategy, by Jeffrey Pojanowski

by Guest Blogger — Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018

There are a number of ways to be unhappy about the federal administrative state we have today. One is straightforwardly libertarian. The administrative state allows substantial, systematic interference with private ordering in a way that Congress, acting alone could not (and should not even try). Another way to be unhappy about the federal administrative state […]

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