Category Archives: D.C. Circuit Review

A “Pioneer” with “a Subtle Wisdom” — and a “Genuine Wealth Minimizer” to Boot: The Legacy of Chief Judge Patricia Wald

by Aaron Nielson — Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019@Aaron_L_Nielson

If you ever want to get a sense of the real D.C. Circuit — a feel for the personalities behind it — I recommend you spend some time at the D.C. Circuit Historical Society’s web page. I went there today upon learning the sad news of Chief Judge Wald’s passing. One valuable service the Historical […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Shadows and Unshadows

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Jan. 4, 2019@Aaron_L_Nielson

Federal circuit courts issue both published and unpublished decisions. I usually focus on the published ones. After all, unpublished opinions “do not carry the same weight in our common law system of precedent.” Yet sometimes unpublished decisions are quite important. As Will Baude has explained in an analogous context, we should also pay attention to […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: A Point of Personal Privilege

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Dec. 14, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

The D.C. Circuit was quiet this week. It issued just one short opinion about criminal law.* So I’ll take a moment to discuss something I’ve been thinking about lately: agency websites. Yesterday, the Administrative Conference of the United States adopted recommendations relating to “Public Availability of Adjudication Rules.” The recommendations were prepared by an ad […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: O Christmas Tree!

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Dec. 7, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

This year my family did a crazy thing: We purchased the world’s largest Christmas Tree.* Well, that’s not true — some trees are a bit bigger. Even so, the Nielson Christmas Tree is pretty darn big. To be sure, we didn’t set out to buy Super-Humongous-Giant Tree™. Yet when we arrived at the lot, there […]

D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: A Potential Student Note (or Three)

by Aaron Nielson — Friday, Nov. 30, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

We have opinions this week. One is about jurisdiction and agency efforts to postpone a compliance deadline, another is about mootness with a congressional backdrop, and the third is about the Bill of Attainder Clause in the context of “a Russian-based cybersecurity company.” These cases got me thinking about potential student notes. What can I […]