Author Archives: Christopher J. Walker

Iowa Law Review Symposium Issue: Administering Patent Law

by Christopher J. Walker — Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019@chris_j_walker

The Iowa Law Review just published a terrific symposium at the intersection of administrative law and patent law, to which I contributed an essay entitled Constitutional Tensions in Agency Adjudication. Here’s a snippet from the symposium’s introduction, penned by the faculty symposium organizer Jason Rantanen (footnotes omitted): The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) […]

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Call for Papers: ACS Junior Scholars Public Law Workshop @ AALS 2020

by Christopher J. Walker — Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019@chris_j_walker

From the American Constitution Society: To further its mission of promoting the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses — individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law — ACS is pleased to announce a call for papers for a workshop on public law to […]

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Democratizing Administrative Law Symposium @ Law and Political Economy Blog

by Christopher J. Walker — Monday, Aug. 12, 2019@chris_j_walker

The Law and Political Economy Blog is hosting a really fascinating symposium entitled Democratizing Administrative Law. The symposium contributions are collected here. And here are links to the contributions published to date: Democratizing Administrative Governance: How the Civil Rights Movement Shaped Medicare’s Implementation, by David Barton Smith Reclaiming Notice and Comment, by Matthew Cortland & Karen Tani Critics […]

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Procedural Politicking and Auer Deference

by Christopher J. Walker — Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019@chris_j_walker

Rachel Potter’s new book Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy is an absolute must-read for those interested in agency rulemaking and in administrative law and regulatory practice more generally. As the title suggests, the book explores empirically and theoretically how agency officials — both career civil servants and political appointees — leverage procedural […]

ABA AdLaw Section Happy Hour This Friday, 8/9, at City Tap House (Dupont DC)

by Christopher J. Walker — Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019@chris_j_walker

Happy Hour | City Tap House – Dupont 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM 1250 Connecticut Ave NW | Washington, DC 20036 Join us this Friday in DC for the Section of Administrative Law Happy Hour event! Open to all section members, law student members, and anyone interested in connecting with your fellow Administrative Law colleagues […]

Call for Submissions: AALS New Voices in Administrative Law and Legislation

by Christopher J. Walker — Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019@chris_j_walker

The AALS Sections on Administrative Law and Legislation are pleased to announce their co-sponsored “New Voices in Administrative Law and Legislation” program for the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The New Voices program gives junior administrative law scholars and junior legislation scholars an opportunity to receive useful feedback on their work from more […]

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The FCC (and Administrative Law) at the Supreme Court, October Term 2018

by Christopher J. Walker — Tuesday, July 30, 2019@chris_j_walker

Over at Randy May’s Free State Foundation, I’ve posted a short essay that reviews the four major administrative law cases from this last Term and notes their potential implications for the FCC. Here’s the introduction: The October Term 2018 was a busy one for administrative law at the Supreme Court, but not for the Federal Communications […]

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New Chicago-Kent Law Review Symposium Issue: The Trump Administration and Administrative Law

by Christopher J. Walker — Saturday, July 27, 2019@chris_j_walker

Here are the details and links to this terrific symposium, from the Chicago-Kent Law Review website: Vol. 94, Issue 2 The Trump Administration and Administrative Law SYMPOSIUM EDITOR Peter L. Strauss Columbia Law School Table of Contents Live Symposium Articles Preface Peter L. Strauss, Columbia Law School 94 Cʜɪ.-Kᴇɴᴛ L. Rᴇᴠ. 229 (2019) Prosecutors at the Periphery […]

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Herz on Nou on Bureaucratic Resistance

by Christopher J. Walker — Saturday, July 27, 2019@chris_j_walker

Earlier this week over at JOTWELL, Michael Herz reviewed Jennifer Nou’s latest work on bureaucratic resistance — Civil Servant Disobedience — which was just published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review as part of a terrific symposium Peter Strauss organized on administrative law in the Trump Administration. You can check out the full symposium issue here. Here’s […]

Nondelegation after Gundy

by Christopher J. Walker — Saturday, July 20, 2019@chris_j_walker

This Term, in Gundy v. United States, the Supreme Court once again considered whether a statutory grant of authority (here, under the Sex Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) to a federal agency or executive branch official (here, the Attorney General) violates the nondelegation doctrine. As students of administrative law know, the Court has interpreted […]