Author Archives: Christopher J. Walker

Paul Ray Has Been Nominated to Serve as OIRA Administrator

by Christopher J. Walker — Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019@chris_j_walker

Per the White House press release: Paul J. Ray of Tennessee, to be the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Paul J. Ray has served as the Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the last six months and as Associate Administrator since […]

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My Jotwell Review of Grove’s Presidential Laws and the Missing Interpretive Theory

by Christopher J. Walker — Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019@chris_j_walker

Last week over at Jotwell, I reviewed a terrific new article by Tara Leigh Grove entitled Presidential Laws and the Missing Interpretive Theory, which is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Here’s a snippet from my review: Although we spend some time on what then-Professor Elena Kagan coined “presidential administration” [in my 1L […]

Register Now! 2019 ABA Administrative Law Conference, 11/14-11/15, in DC

by Christopher J. Walker — Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019@chris_j_walker

2019 Administrative Law Conference November 14-15, 2019 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, DC We are excited to announce that the brochure for the 2019 Administrative Law Conference is now available! This year’s conference features 20 panels with 12.5 Hours CLE, including 1.5 hours of Ethics Credit, to be requested. View the 2019 […]

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Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, August 2019 Edition

by Christopher J. Walker — Monday, Sept. 30, 2019@chris_j_walker

September has been busy, and I’m just barely getting this month’s post up before October begins. But there were a lot of great new administrative law papers in August! I wish I had time to include short annotations this month. Here is the August 2019 Edition of the most-downloaded recent papers (those announced in the […]

Call for Papers: Federalist Society Article I Initiative Writing Contest on Nondelegation Doctrine

by Christopher J. Walker — Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019@chris_j_walker

From for the Federalist Society website, here are the details on this year’s Article I Initiative Writing Contest: The Nondelegation Doctrine: Intelligible Principle or Unworkable Standard? The Federalist Society’s Article I Initiative is focused on the critical issue of why the modern Congress is not functioning as the most powerful branch as envisioned by the […]

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Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, July 2019 Edition

by Christopher J. Walker — Monday, Aug. 26, 2019@chris_j_walker

With the end of summer and start of classes, August has been a busy one. But here is the July 2019 Edition of the most-downloaded recent papers (those announced in the last 60 days) from SSRN’s U.S. Administrative Law eJournal, which is edited by Bill Funk. The President’s Tax Returns by Andy Grewal The Solicitor […]

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 […]