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 focuses on 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. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society's Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group.

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: A (Mostly) Quiet Week

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Feb. 23, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

This was a quiet week in the D.C. Circuit — that is, unless you study Internet Law.* The D.C. Circuit again confronted the turbulent waters of “net neutrality.” Indeed, it did so in two ways, one high profile and one low profile. High profile, more than 20 States refiled their petition for review of the […]

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D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: On Mock Trials

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Feb. 16, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

Apologies again; this post is also a quick one. I don’t often agree with Richard Posner.* But I’m sympathetic to his criticism of “mock trials” involving real judges. This is how they work. A pair of (often famous) lawyers reimagine historical — or historical-ish — cases before a panel of honest-to-goodness judges while an audience […]

ABA Teleconference: Who Are You to Judge? The Supreme Court Revisits the Constitutionality of Agency Adjudication

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Feb. 16, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

The ABA’s Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice will host an interesting — and free! — teleconference on agency adjudication. Here is the information: Who Are You to Judge? The Supreme Court Revisits the Constitutionality of Agency Adjudication February 26, 2018 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST | Teleconference Decades after last considering […]

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D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: The Academy and PHH Corp.

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Feb. 2, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

Earlier this week, as I was reading the en banc decision in PHH Corp. CFPB, it struck me that the Court cited a large number of law review articles. So for this bonus edition of D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed, I asked my dutiful research assistants to put together a chart of the articles cited […]

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Why Does Anyone Care What an Agency Says?

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Feb. 2, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

It’s no secret that agencies communicate with the public. Nor is it a secret that the public often listens. It is worth thinking about, however, why the public listens. Sometimes, of course, it is a not a mystery why what an agency says is important. Imagine, for instance, that an agency has authority to waive […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: The I-Don’t-Have-Time-To-Read-It-All Version of PHH Corp. v. CFPB

by Aaron Nielson — Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

At long last, the en banc D.C. Circuit has decided PHH Corp. v. CFBP. This case — which, of course, we have discussed many times here at Notice & Comment — concerns the constitutionality of the restrictions on the President’s ability to remove the CFPB director (namely, only for “for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Playing the Lottery

by Aaron Nielson — Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

Apologies: This post was written quickly. My evening was spent at a D.C. Circuit-ish event. The D.C. Circuit and “Net Neutrality” have a long history. Here is a short, very simplified version of it.* In 2002, the FCC decided that internet access was an “information service” rather than a “common-carrier” service. The decision was challenged […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: The Middle Chapters

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Jan. 12, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

Have you ever read the unabridged Les Misérables?* One of my favorite activities — unfortunately, not one I do all that often — is reading 19th century fiction. For a long time, my favorite author was Thackeray. Recently, however, I’ve started re-reading the greatest hits of Victor Hugo. And sure enough, Les Misérables is an […]