Author Archives: Aaron Nielson

About Aaron Nielson

Faculty Website Curriculum Vitae

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2007

LL.M., University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, 2006

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2003

Professor Nielson teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, civil procedure, federal courts, and antitrust. His publications have appeared in journals such as the University of Chicago Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, Emory Law Journal, and Southern California Law Review. He currently serves as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal agency that studies the administrative process and makes recommendations on ways to improve it. He also co-chairs the Rulemaking Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice. Previously he chaired the Section's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Nielson was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (where he remains of counsel). He also has served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professor Nielson received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Following graduation, he was awarded a Harvard Law School Post-Graduate Research Fellowship. Professor Nielson also received an LL.M from the University of Cambridge, where he focused his studies on the institutions that regulate global competition and commerce. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in economics and political science.

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Fifth Circuit Edition

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Sept. 15, 2017@Aaron_L_Nielson

I love the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Many years ago I flew to Houston for a clerkship interview with Judge Jerry Smith. I had never been to Houston before; indeed, I may not have ever been to Texas before. When I arrived, I remember worrying about the humidity and the heat. […]

Revisiting Yesterday’s Rules: The Congressional Review Act, Agency Stays, and Beyond

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Sept. 1, 2017@Aaron_L_Nielson

On Thursday, September 7, I’ll moderate a free teleconference for the ABA Admin Law Section. Register here. It should be an interesting discussion about a timely issue: the Congressional Review Act and stays of rules. Here is the info: Revisiting Yesterday’s Rules: The Congressional Review Act, Agency Stays, and Beyond Both Congress and federal agencies […]

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D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Gone Fishin’

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Aug. 18, 2017@Aaron_L_Nielson

This is my last week of summer — next week, the 1Ls arrive. I would say my summer vacation is coming to an end but, in fact, it doesn’t feel like I’ve had a vacation at all. Instead, this summer has been full of long days and short nights. (Hopefully the result of all those […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: And One More

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Aug. 4, 2017@Aaron_L_Nielson

The D.C. Circuit just added another case to its opinion page.* As you may recall, in June the Court decided a case called Global Tel*Link v. FCC about phone rates for prisoners. This is what I wrote then: In Global Tel*Link, the Court addressed the FCC’s 2015 Order imposing a cap on rates for inmate […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: 417 Pages

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, July 28, 2017@Aaron_L_Nielson

417 pages. Four hundred seventeen pages. Cuatrocientos diecisiete páginas. Quadringentos annos pages. 417ページ.* The D.C. Circuit’s opinions this week come in at 417 pages. And these pages are not easy pages; we have high-level constitutional law, dense environmental law, a major circuit split about Medicare, a very important case about terrorism, and a sighting of […]