Author Archives: Guest Blogger

Donald Trump’s Enforcement Plan and the Future of Discretion, by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

by Guest Blogger — Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

When the Department of Homeland Security makes the choice to refrain from bringing charges against an undocumented person working at a restaurant or to freeze a removal order for a woman who serves as a primary caregiver to her U.S.-citizen children, the agency is favorably exercising “prosecutorial discretion,” which refers to the decision by DHS […]

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FOIA’s Affirmative Publication Obligations and Plaintiff-Focused Injunctive Relief, by Bernard W. Bell

by Guest Blogger — Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

Samuel L. Bray’s forthcoming Harvard Law Review article, Multiple Chancellors: Reforming the National Injunction, argues that federal courts should eschew issuing nation-wide injunctions, no matter the importance of the question litigated or the value of nation-wide uniformity.  He urges adherence to the principle that injunctions against the federal government should be “plaintiff-protective,” providing relief only to […]

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Was James Comey a Special Prosecutor?, by Thomas A. Barnico

by Guest Blogger — Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

Election losses bring calls for blame, and FBI Director James Comey has led the early returns. Critics continue to charge that the FBI committed errors in its investigation of Hillary Clinton and that those errors contributed to her defeat. The FBI, they argue, outran its legal writ, particularly in its summer release of its recommendation […]

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A Forgotten Nineteenth-Century Supreme Court Super-Deference Curio, by Richard Murphy

by Guest Blogger — Friday, Apr. 14, 2017

Who among us does not occasionally enjoy a forgotten nineteenth-century Supreme Court decision adopting a super-powerful form of deference that leaves our dear friend Chevron in the dust?[1] And surely there is no time better than the present for such reflections now that Justice Gorsuch has transformed judicial deference to agency statutory constructions into such […]

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Judge Gorsuch and Chevron Doctrine Part III: The Gutierrez-Brizuela Concurring Opinion, by Asher Steinberg

by Guest Blogger — Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017

This is part three of a three-part series on Judge Gorsuch. Last summer when I was taking the New York bar, I ran into an acquaintance who was an incoming clerk for one of President Trump’s Supreme Court short-listers. At some point she asked me what a judge I knew was “like,” and I replied that […]

Judge Gorsuch and Chevron Doctrine Part II: The Misuse of Precedent, by Asher Steinberg

by Guest Blogger — Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

This is part two of a three-part series on Judge Gorsuch. Does Judge Gorsuch care about precedent? The question might seem like asking if Judge Gorsuch cares about stray kittens – of course he cares about precedent. After reading his administrative-law opinions, though, one can wonder. Padilla-Caldera II In Padilla-Caldera v. Gonzales (“Padilla-Caldera I”), the Tenth […]

De-Funding Sanctuary Cities, by Bernard W. Bell

by Guest Blogger — Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Sanctuary cities protect undocumented aliens by adopting policies regarding: (1) inquiries into immigration status, (2) immigration-related detentions, or (3) information-sharing with federal officials. On January 25, President Trump issued Executive Order 13768, which threatens to withhold federal funds from jurisdictions that violate 8 U.S.C. §1373.[1] Section 1373, part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility […]

Judge Gorsuch and Chevron Doctrine Part I: The Misuse of Fact in De Niz Robles, by Asher Steinberg

by Guest Blogger — Monday, Mar. 27, 2017

This is part one of a three-part series on Judge Gorsuch. In the confirmation questionnaire Judge Gorsuch submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he listed Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch first among the list of the ten most significant cases he has decided. It could hardly be otherwise. His concurring opinion in Gutierrez-Brizuela calling for the Court to […]

Judicial Review Encourages Better Economic Analysis at the SEC, by Jerry Ellig

by Guest Blogger — Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017

One of the most controversial aspects of comprehensive regulatory reform is the potential role of courts in reviewing agencies’ Regulatory Impact Analysis or other similar economic analysis that informs regulatory decisions. The Securities and Exchange Commission provides a useful case study on the effects of such judicial review. The commission’s chief economist and general counsel […]

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Gorsuch’s Tech Law Record Raises Concerns, by Mark Grabowski

by Guest Blogger — Monday, Mar. 20, 2017

Editor’s Note: Professor Grabowski has written a longer essay on this piece in the Yale Journal on Regulation Bulletin. You can access it here! Cell phone privacy, network neutrality and encryption are some of the many tech-related issues that Neil Gorsuch could rule on if he’s successfully appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch “needs to get tech,” writes Wired‘s Issie […]