Monthly Archives: May 2018

Finality, Guidance Documents, and San Francisco’s Challenge to a Guidance Repeal, by Alisa Tiwari, Ryan Yeh, and Christine Kwon

by Guest Blogger — Monday, May 21, 2018

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit[i] on April 5, 2018, challenging U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s repeal of six Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights guidance documents. The lawsuit argues that Sessions rescinded these civil rights protections for marginalized communities without meaningful explanation, in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). *** […]

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Context-Specific Seminole Rock Reform, by Aneil Kovvali

by Guest Blogger — Monday, May 21, 2018

Applying deference under Bowles v. Seminole Rock, 325 U.S. 410 (1945), courts have deferred to agency interpretations of agency rules for decades. But a recent concern that the doctrine permits agencies to combine the powers of lawmaking and law interpretation has prompted Congress and the courts to consider reform. In a new Essay, forthcoming in […]

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Plausible Deniability: Selective Disclosure of Information and FOIA

by Bernard Bell — Thursday, May 17, 2018

Unofficial leaking has been in the news recently, and is never far away from public consciousnesses.  But “[g]overnment officials and military officers, from the President on down, routinely authorize leaks for policy or political purposes.”  Jack Nelson, U.S. government Secrets and the Current Crackdown on Leaks 2 (2002), accessible at, https://shorensteincenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2003_01_nelson.pdf?x78124. Suppose intelligence officials want […]

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Call for Submissions: ABA AdLaw Section’s Administrative and Regulatory Law News

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, May 16, 2018@chris_j_walker

The editorial board of the Administrative and Regulatory Law News (ARLN), the quarterly publication of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, is seeking submissions on current topics in administrative law from practitioners, academics, judges, or anyone else with an interest in administrative law. Submissions should be approximately 1500-2000 words and may be submitted to […]

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On the Supreme Court Docket — Guido v. Mt. Lemmon School District: Numerosity Requirements in the ADEA and Other Employment Discrimination Statutes (Part II)

by Bernard Bell — Tuesday, May 15, 2018

This is the second of two posts regarding Guido v. Mt. Lemmon School District,  Dkt. No. 17-587, currently on the Supreme Court docket for the October 2018 Term.  The case involves the applicability of Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967’s (ADEA) numerosity requirement, 29 U.S.C.A. § 630(b), to public employers. In my prior post […]

Over at TaxProf Blog: Glogower on Wallace on OIRA/Presidential Review of Tax Regulations

by Chris Walker — Saturday, May 12, 2018@chris_j_walker

Over at TaxProf blog, my colleague Ari Glogower reviews Clint Wallace‘s Centralized Review of Tax Regulations, which is forthcoming in the Alabama Law Review. Last year I read an earlier draft of Wallace’s fascinating paper, which has become all the more important in light of the memorandum of understanding the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs […]

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D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: [Under Seal]

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, May 11, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

For two days this week, there was a mystery in the D.C. Circuit: Why did the Court rule against “James Mattis, in his official capacity as Secretary of Defense” in Doe v. Mattis? As you probably already know, the case is about the government’s authority to transfer a U.S. citizen — also a citizen of […]

On the Supreme Court Docket — Guido v. Mt. Lemmon School District: Numerosity Requirements in the ADEA and Other Employment Discrimination Statutes (Part I)

by Bernard Bell — Thursday, May 10, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Guido v. Mt. Lemmon School District.  — U.S. — , 138 S.Ct. 1165 (February 26, 2018).  Presumably, it did so to resolve a Circuit split regarding the application of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967’s (ADEA) numerosity requirement, 29 U.S.C.A. § 630(b), to public employers.  In […]