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: Thanks, C-Span

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

Another quick post — about to hop onto a plane. I’m a fan of the history of the D.C. Circuit — and for that reason, this has been a fun week. Yesterday, I moderated a panel that included Judge Sentelle. As regular readers know, Sentelle has lived an extraordinary life. It was fun to chat […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Circuit Justices

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Oct. 19, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

This is a quick post — I’m traveling. Here is a little known fact about Notice & Comment. For a while, we tried to find someone to write a D.C. Circuit Review–Reviewed-style column for the Ninth Circuit, which — like the D.C. Circuit — is also home to a great deal of administrative law. Alas, […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: A Dog’s Breakfast

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

About ten years ago, I came across a phrase I had never heard before: dog’s breakfast. It was in a dissent penned by Chief Justice Roberts. Here is the passage: When the state courts considered these cases, our precedents did not provide them with “clearly established” law, but instead a dog’s breakfast of divided, conflicting, […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: A New Cert Grant

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Sept. 28, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

Well. This was not a quiet week in the D.C. Circuit — even though the Court didn’t decide any cases.* But there is a bit of D.C. Circuit news worth noting. The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Azar v. Allina Health Services. And what is the pressing question? Enjoy: Maybe a bit more background is […]