Category Archives: AdLaw Bridge Series

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 […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Bye-Bye, Browning-Ferris

by Aaron Nielson — Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017@Aaron_L_Nielson

(Apologies; this post was written quickly — and at 30,000 feet.) This has been a busy week. What to write about? The White House released the Unified Agenda. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to review it yet. The Administrative Conference of the United States finished its plenary session.* Emily Bremer, however, will have that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, October 2017 Edition

by Chris Walker — Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017@chris_j_walker

Here is the October 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. Misconceptions About Nudges by Cass R. Sunstein [CJW Note: As I noted last month, this 12-page essay by Sunstein already has nearly 2,000 downloads on SSRN. […]

My Thoughts via Jotwell on Dynamic Rulemaking (AdLaw Bridge Series)

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017@chris_j_walker

Over at Jotwell last month, I reviewed a terrific new article by Wendy Wagner, William West, Thomas McGarity, and Lisa Peters entitled Dynamic Rulemaking. It was published in the NYU Law Review earlier this year. Here’s a taste of the review: Despite bipartisan calls for more-rigorous retrospective review, we have little empirical insight into how agencies review regulations today. Enter […]

Administrative Law SSRN Reading List, September 2017 Edition

by Chris Walker — Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017@chris_j_walker

Yes, this is coming out a few weeks late. It’s been a busy month here, including a six-day trip to Vegas for my twentieth high school reunion. Jen and I decided to fly out with all four little kids, which helped me better understand the difference between a “vacation” and a “family vacation.” But September […]

Reinvigorating Congress’s Oversight Role of the Federal Bureaucracy

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017@chris_j_walker

As I noted last month, the ABA Annual Administrative Law Conference is my favorite adlaw event of the year. This year’s program, which starts tomorrow, might be the best one (I’ve attended) to date. Lots of great panels, so check out the full program here. The first panel of the day — Reinvigorating Congress’s Oversight Role […]