Author Archives: Chris Walker

Over at Law and Liberty: Philip Hamburger’s Chevron Bias, Illustrated by Statistics

by Chris Walker — Monday, Apr. 16, 2018@chris_j_walker

Over at the Law and Liberty blog earlier this month I did a quick post, provocatively titled The Federalist Society’s Chevron Deference Dilemma, on my new paper with Kent Barnett and Christina Boyd. I knew suggesting that Chevron deference *may* have some benefits — in particular, reducing partisanship in judicial decisionmaking — was not likely to be well […]

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Request for Proposals: Duke Law Journal’s 49th Annual Administrative Law Symposium

by Chris Walker — Friday, Apr. 6, 2018@chris_j_walker

From the Duke Law Journal Editors: The Duke Law Journal invites proposals for its 49th Annual Administrative Law Symposium, to be held in February 2019, at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. The Duke Law Journal’s Administrative Law Symposium has been the premier administrative law event for over four decades. Previous symposia […]

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Constitutional Tensions in Agency Adjudication

by Chris Walker — Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018@chris_j_walker

This Term the Supreme Court will decide two cases that could shape the constitutional future of agency adjudication. First, in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, the Court will decide whether certain agency adjudications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office unconstitutionally strip parties of their property rights in issued patents. Second, in […]

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Over at Law and Liberty: The Federalist Society’s Chevron Deference Dilemma

by Chris Walker — Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018@chris_j_walker

Over at the Law and Liberty blog today, I have a post with a provocative (click-baity?) title on Kent Barnett, Christina Boyd, and my new paper Administrative Law’s Political Dynamics (Vanderbilt Law Review forthcoming). Here’s a snippet from my post: The call to eliminate Chevron deference has largely come from those right of center. But it would […]

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14th Annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute, April 27, 2018

by Chris Walker — Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018@chris_j_walker

From my inbox: We want to invite you to join us for our next program, the 2018 Spring Conference (14th Annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute), on April 27, 2018 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, DC. The Spring Conference will feature a full-day of CLE panels with the top experts covering: Rulemaking 101- […]

Situating PTAB Adjudication Within the New World of Agency Adjudication

by Chris Walker — Friday, Mar. 23, 2018@chris_j_walker

Over at Patently-O, Melissa Wasserman and I have the following guest post on our new article: In 2011, Congress created a series of novel proceedings for private parties to challenge issued patents before the newly formed Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). While the PTAB proceedings are immensely popular, they have also been controversial. A series of […]

Congrats to Cass Sunstein on Winning the Holberg Prize!

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018@chris_j_walker

From the New York Times: Cass Sunstein, the Harvard law professor known for bringing behavioral science to bear on public policy (not to mention for writing a best-seller about “Star Wars”), has won Norway’s Holberg Prize, which is awarded annually to a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the arts, humanities, the […]

Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, February 2018 Edition

by Chris Walker — Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018@chris_j_walker

Wow, this month’s SSRN reading list is full of some of my favorite administrative law/public law scholars, including Bulman-Pozen, Heise, Lawson, Metzger, Michaels, Pozen, Sharkey, Stack, and Sunstein! And the papers are fascinating. Here is the February 2018 edition of the most-downloaded recent papers (those announced in the last 60 days) from SSRN’s U.S. Administrative Law […]

Adler on Gluck & Posner on Judges as Statutory Interpreters

by Chris Walker — Monday, Mar. 12, 2018@chris_j_walker

I was so excited to see Abbe Gluck’s latest article (with Richard Posner)—Statutory Interpretation on the Bench: A Survey of Forty-Two Judges on the Federal Courts of Appeals—hit the Harvard Law Review press over the weekend. Gluck’s empirical and theoretical work on legislation and statutory interpretation is always a must-read, and this article is no […]

Chevron and Political Accountability

by Chris Walker — Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018@chris_j_walker

Kent Barnett and I recruited political scientist Christina Boyd as a coauthor to mine our Chevron in the circuit courts dataset in a more sophisticated manner. We just posted to SSRN a draft of our latest article from this dataset—Administrative Law’s Political Dynamics—which is forthcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review. I’ll be blogging more about this […]