Author Archives: Chris Walker

Does Auer/Chevron Deference Apply to State Agency Interpretations of Federal Law?

by Chris Walker — Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017@chris_j_walker

In Grand Canyon Trust v. Energy Fuels Resources (U.S.A.) Inc., Judge Waddoups of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah concluded that a state agency is entitled to “some deference” as to an interpretation by the Utah Department of Air Quality (DAQ) of the Clean Air Act and its implementing regulations. Here’s the key part […]

ACS’s Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017@chris_j_walker

This annual adlaw paper competition by the American Constitution Society always picks a great winner (list of prior winners here), which should come as no surprise based on the amazing group of judges who participate each year. Paper submission deadline is in February, and here are the full details from the ACS’s website: The American […]

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The Regulators: Our Invisible Government (1982 PBS documentary now on C-SPAN)

by Chris Walker — Monday, Sept. 18, 2017@chris_j_walker

Many of us remember seeing the 1982 PBS documentary The Regulators: Our Invisible Government in our administrative law course in law school. C-SPAN has made this instant adlaw classic available for public viewing on its website here. [HT Linda Jellum!] Here’s a summary of the documentary from C-SPAN: The Regulators The Regulators: Our Invisible Government is a 1982 […]

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A Status Update on Criticisms of Auer and Chevron Deference

by Chris Walker — Monday, Sept. 11, 2017@chris_j_walker

Back in April the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and the Institute for Justice organized a terrific conference entitled Challenging Administrative Power. The Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy generously agreed to publish the papers presented at the conference, and that conference issue is forthcoming early next year. For my short conference contribution, I decided […]

Save the Date and Register: Annual ABA AdLaw Conference in DC, Oct. 19-20, 2017

by Chris Walker — Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017@chris_j_walker

Below are the details from the ABA AdLaw Section. For what it’s worth, my ABA Adjudication Co-Chair (and the ACUS Vice Chair) Matt Wiener and I have helped organize two great panels on agency adjudication — one on recent developments related to the constitutionality of administrative law judges and the other on agency adjudication outside […]

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Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, August 2017 Edition

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017@chris_j_walker

Last month was a particularly good one for administrative law scholarship on SSRN, with a number of great new papers from the “who’s who” and “risings stars” in the field. Unfortunately I lack the bandwidth this month to comment on each piece. But here is the August 2017 edition of the most-downloaded recent papers (those […]

Call for Papers: Loyola Compliance Symposium “What is the Role of a Regulation if it is Not Enforced?”

by Chris Walker — Monday, Sept. 4, 2017@chris_j_walker

Loyola Chicago has a terrific Center for Compliance Studies, which is directed by Ryan Meade. Last year I participated in the Center’s first annual symposium “Complying with Law: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue.” I’m fascinated by the field of compliance, and the role of lawyers — and administrative law — in it. Last year’s symposium was a terrific opportunity […]

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ABA AdLaw Section’s Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, September 25-27, 2017

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017@chris_j_walker

The American Bar Association’s 12th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute (HSLI) will be held this year at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on September 25-27, 2017.  This three-day event is one of the largest gatherings of homeland security lawyers and policymakers in the United States.  The Institute is an annual look at the state of […]

AALS New Voices in Administrative Law Call for Proposals and Reviewers

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017@chris_j_walker

The AALS New Voices in Administrative Law is a terrific program, and the AdLaw Section has issued its annual call for participants for the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting (this year in San Diego!). Here are the details, from Lou Virelli, the Chair-Elect of the AALS AdLaw Section: The AALS Administrative Law Section is pleased to […]

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