D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Notice & Comment Blogger to OIRA Administrator to D.C. Circuit Judge!

by Aaron Nielson — Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

Breaking news ….

Last year, I wrote a post here about Neomi Rao when she was nominated to serve as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. This is how the White House described her then:

Ms. Rao is a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where she founded and directs the Center for the Study of the Administrative State. Her research and teaching focuses on constitutional and administrative law. Currently a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, Ms. Rao has previously served in all three branches of the federal government. She served as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush; counsel for nominations and constitutional law to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. She practiced public international law and arbitration at Clifford Chance LLP in London. Ms. Rao received her JD with high honors from the University of Chicago and her BA from Yale University.

That’s obviously impressive, but my post explained why she is much more than that — she’s also a former guest blogger here at Notice & Comment!

Well, today, it seems that Rao has been nominated to the D.C. Circuit. I’m biased (I first met her when I was an intern and she was my supervisor, many years ago), but I think she will be a wonderful judge. She’s smart, kind, and wow, does she know a lot about administrative law. She’s also a true scholar. I’m confident that she will serve the nation with honor.

And you know what? Maybe when she is confirmed, she’ll write another guest post ….*

 

* She wouldn’t be the first D.C. Circuit judge to blog here.

 

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About Aaron Nielson

Professor Nielson is an associate professor at Brigham Young University Law School. Before joining the academy, Professor Nielson was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (where he remains of counsel). He also has served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. All views expressed are the author's alone. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_L_Nielson.

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