Author Archives: Chris Walker

Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, December 2017 Edition

by Chris Walker — Monday, Jan. 8, 2018@chris_j_walker

Happy new year! 2017 was a great year for administrative law scholarship. Here is the final (December) 2017 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. A Bureaucracy – If You Can Keep It by Mila Sohoni (131 Harvard Law […]

Video of AALS/Federalist Society Panel on Reform Proposals for the Administrative State

by Chris Walker — Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018@chris_j_walker

On Thursday, I had the privilege of participating on a terrific administrative law panel at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in San Diego. The Federalist Society organized the panel, which meant the four panelists brought very diverse perspectives to the discussion on how to reform the administrative state. Here’s the description of the […]

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Sunstein & Vermeule on Administrative Law’s Morality (and 2017 AdLaw Year in Review)

by Chris Walker — Friday, Dec. 29, 2017@chris_j_walker

This year has been an eventful one for administrative law, to put it mildly. We have had a change in presidential administration, with an accompanying focus on deregulation across the federal bureaucracy and mission re-orientation at a number of federal agencies. One agency (the CFPB) currently has dueling acting directors—one appointed by the outgoing agency head and the other […]

Brookings Series on Regulatory Process and Perspective

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

Over at Brookings’ Center on Regulation and Markets, Philip Wallach has started a terrific new Regulatory Process and Perspective Series, with Anne Joseph O’Connell, Rachel Augustine Potter, and Connor Raso as regular contributors. Here is Wallach’s introduction to the series: Regulatory process” is a phrase that can’t help but sound boring— to many people, it […]

Regulatory Review Series on Verkuil’s Valuing Bureaucracy

by Chris Walker — Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017@chris_j_walker

Paul Verkuil, former Chair of the Administrative Conference of the United States and former law school dean at Tulane and Cardozo, published an important new book this summer entitled Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case for Professional Government (Cambridge University Press). Here’s the description of the book from the CUP website: To be effective, government must be […]

Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, November 2017 Edition

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

Here is the November 2017 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. And it’s a terrific set of papers, perfect timing for law professor winter break reading (after grading finals!). You’ll note one recurring theme: The 2017 […]

Perspectives on the FCC’s Proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order

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

The Free State Foundation has released a set of short, generally positive reactions to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which would undo the FCC’s net neutrality/open internet order. The contributors include Babette Boliek, Timothy Brennan, Michelle Connolly, Robert Crandall, Richard Epstein, Gus Hurwitz, Daniel Lyons, James Prieger, and Christopher Yoo. I also contributed a […]

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ABA AdLaw Section Teleforum, 12/4: Dueling Acting Directors at the CFPB: Statutory and Constitutional Issues

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017@chris_j_walker

Anne Joseph O’Connell has organized a terrific ABA teleforum on the CFPB dueling directors dispute for December 4, 2017, from 3PM-4PM eastern. It’s free and open to the public, but you must register here. [12/1 Update: The ABA has recruited two additional panelists — Nina Mendelson and Jonathan Adlaw — so I’ve updated the post […]

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The Administrative Law Angle of the Calabresi-Hirji Proposed Judgeship Bill

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017@chris_j_walker

Steve Calabresi nearly broke the internet (see, e.g., here, here, and here) by proposing last week at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention that the Trump Administration should add more judges to the federal judiciary. His proposal, coauthored with Shams Hirji, is available on SSRN here. Here’s a summary of the proposal: This paper argues that the […]

Price on Congress’s Power of the Purse (AdLaw Bridge Series)

by Chris Walker — Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017@chris_j_walker

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Josh Chafetz’s new book Congress’s Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers. I’ve talked about it at numerous conferences and reviewed it for the Michigan Law Review (draft review here). Congress’s Constitution focuses on six powers Congress has to compete with the other branches in our separation-of-powers framework […]