Author Archives: Chris Walker

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 […]

That One Time I Agreed with Ian Millhiser (on Constitutional Law, No Less!)

by Chris Walker — Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018@chris_j_walker

I have long admired Jon Michaels’ work on separation of powers and government privatization, so I was thrilled to learn he had further synthesized these strands of his research in a book-length treatment: Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic. And I’m excited we’re hosting this symposium on the book here at the Notice and […]

Oil States and Patent Adjudication at the USPTO

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018@chris_j_walker

Last November the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC to consider whether certain agency adjudications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are unconstitutional because they strip parties of their private property rights in a non-Article III forum and without a jury. At oral argument, the justices raised […]

Regulatory Scorecard: A Conversation with Administrator Neomi Rao

by Chris Walker — Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018@chris_j_walker

From the Federalist Society Regulatory Transparency Project website: In 2017, the U.S. experienced a dramatic shift in regulatory policy at the federal level. This shift is attributable to a new presidential administration that has made regulatory reform a priority. This priority is evidenced by numerous regulatory initiatives including Executive Order 13771 that directs agencies, among […]

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Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, January 2018 Edition

by Chris Walker — Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018@chris_j_walker

This month’s SSRN reading list likely constitutes the calm before the storm of new administrative law scholarship, as the spring law review season opens up and scholars begin posting new articles to SSRN. But January was still a solid month for new scholarship. Here is the January 2018 edition of the most-downloaded recent papers (those […]