D.C. Circuit Scholarship

by Aaron Nielson — Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016@Aaron_L_Nielson

Over the weekend, as part of my weekly review of D.C. Circuit decisions, I included a footnote listing many article written by D.C. Circuit judges. Without question, this list is incomplete, but it is a good place to start for scholars or advocates seeking to get a sense of the Court’s judges and their scholarly interests. (For instance, as you will see, Judge Edwards may be the nation’s leading proponent of the idea that scholars need to pay more attention to the practical needs of the legal profession.) Again, this list is not complete, but for ease of access, here it is as a standalone post:


Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland

 1.Antitrust and Federalism: A Response to Professor Wiley, 96 Yale L.J. 1291 (1987)

2.Antitrust and State Action: Economic Efficiency and the Political Process, 96 Yale L.J. 486 (1987)

3.Deregulation and Judicial Review, 98 Harv. L. Rev. 505 (1985)


Judge Karen Lecraft Henderson

1.Certification: (over)due Deference?, 63 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 637 (1995)


Judge David S. Tatel

 1.Some Thoughts on Unpublished Decisions, 64 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 815 (1996)

2.The Administrative Process and the Rule of Environmental Law, 34 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (2010)

3.Desegregation Versus School Reform: Resolving the Conflict, 4 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 61 (1993)

4.Judicial Methodology, Southern School Desegregation, and the Rule of Law, 79 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1071 (2004)


Judge Janice Rogers Brown

 1.A Man to Match My Mountains, 36 McGeorge L. Rev. 733 (2005)

2.The Once and Future First Amendment, Cato Sup. Ct. Rev., 2007-2008.

3.The Quality of Mercy, 40 UCLA L. Rev. 327 (1992)


Judge Thomas B. Griffith

1.The Tension Within the Religion Clause of the First Amendment, 2011 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 597, 597 (2011)

2.Was Bork Right About Judges?, 34 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 157 (2011)

3.Lawyers and the Rule of Law, Utah B.J., October 2003.

4.Beyond Process: A Substantive Rationale for the Bill of Attainder Clause, 70 Va. L. Rev. 475 (1984)


Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

1.The Courts and the Administrative State, 64 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 711 (2014)

2.Our Anchor for 225 Years and Counting: The Enduring Significance of the Precise Text of the Constitution, 89 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1907 (2014)

3.A Dialogue with Federal Judges on the Role of History in Interpretation, 80 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1889 (2012)

4.Separation of Powers During the Forty-Fourth Presidency and Beyond, 93 Minn. L. Rev. 1454 (2009)

5.Defense Presence and Participation: A Procedural Minimum for Batson v. Kentucky Hearings, 99 Yale L.J. 187 (1989)

6.The President and the Independent Counsel, 86 Geo. L.J. 2133, 2134 (1998)


Judge Sri Srinivasan

1.Sri Srinivasan & Bradley W. Joondeph, Business, the Roberts Court, and the Solicitor General: Why the Supreme Court’s Recent Business Decisions May Not Reveal Very Much, 49 Santa Clara L. Rev. 1103 (2009)


Judge Patricia A. Millett

1.“We’re Your Government and We’re Here to Help”: Obtaining Amicus Support from the Federal Government in Supreme Court Cases, 10 J. App. Prac. & Process 209 (2009)


Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard

1.Taking Fiction Seriously: The Strange Results of Public Officials’ Individual Liability Under Bivens, 88 Geo. L.J. 65 (1999)

2.Cornelia T. L. Pillard & T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Skeptical Scrutiny of Plenary Power: Judicial and Executive Branch Decision Making in Miller V Albright, 1998 Sup. Ct. Rev. 1 (1998)

3.Naomi Mezey & Cornelia T.L. Pillard, Against the New Maternalism, 18 Mich. J. Gender & L. 229 (2012)

4.Our Other Reproductive Choices: Equality in Sex Education, Contraceptive Access, and Work-Family Policy, 56 Emory L.J. 941 (2007)

5.The Unfulfilled Promise of the Constitution in Executive Hands, 103 Mich. L. Rev. 676 (2005)


Judge Robert L. Wilkins

1.Federal Influence On Sentencing Policy In The District Of Columbia: An Oppressive And Dangerous Experiment, 1998 WL 1113331 (Vera Inst.Just.)

2.Ankur J. Goel, Willie J. Lovett, Jr., Robert Patten, & Robert L. Wilkins, Black Neighborhoods Becoming Black Cities: Group Empowerment, Local Control and the Implications of Being Darker Than Brown, 23 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 415 (1988)


Judge Harry T. Edwards

1.Harry T. Edwards & Linda Elliot, Beware of Numbers (And Unsupported Claims of Judicial Bias), 80 Wash. U. L.Q. 723 (Fall 2002).

2.Where are We Heading with Mandatory Arbitration of Statutory Claims in Employment?, 16 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 293 (Winter 1999).

3.Deferral to Arbitration and Waiver of the Duty to Bargain: A Possible Way Out of Everlasting Confusion at the NLRB, 46 Ohio St. L.J. 23 (1985).

4.Public Misperceptions Concerning the “Politics” of Judging: Dispelling Some Myths About the D.C. Circuit, 56 U. Colo. L. Rev. 619 (1985)

5.The Journey from Brown v. Board of Education to Grutter v. Bollinger: From Racial Assimilation to Diversity, 102 Mich. L. Rev. 944 (2004)

6.Collegiality and Decision Making on the D.C. Circuit, 84 Va. L. Rev. 1335 (1998)

7.Regulating Judicial Misconduct and Divining “Good Behavior’ for Federal Judges, 87 Mich. L. Rev. 765 (1989)

8.Harry T. Edwards & Michael A. Livermore, Pitfalls of Empirical Studies That Attempt to Understand the Factors Affecting Appellate Decisionmaking, 58 Duke L.J. 1895 (2009)

9.Another Look at Professor Rodell’s Goodbye to Law Reviews, 100 Va. L. Rev. 1483 (2014)

10.The Effects of Collegiality on Judicial Decision Making, 151 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1639 (2003)

11.The Rising Work Load and Perceived “Bureaucracy’ of the Federal Courts: A Causation-Based Approach to the Search for Appropriate Remedies, 68 Iowa L. Rev. 871 (1983)

12.Harry T. Edwards & Mitchell N. Berman, Regulating Violence on Television, 89 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1487 (1995)

13.The Growing Disjunction Between Legal Education and the Legal Profession, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 34 (1992)


Judge Laurence H. Silberman

1.The Development of “Final Offer Selection”, 15 Green Bag 2d 291 (2012)

2.On Honor, 32 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 503 (2009)

3.Chevron-the Intersection of Law & Policy, 58 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 821 (1990)

4.Will Lawyering Strangle Democratic Capitalism?: A Retrospective, 21 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 607 (1998)

5.The American Bar Association and Judicial Nominations, 59 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1092 (1991)


Judge Stephen F. Williams

1.Fixing the Rate of Return After Duquesne, 8 Yale J. on Reg. 159 (1991)

2.Property Rules Without Borders, 115 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 9 (2005)

3.Deregulatory Takings and Breach of the Regulatory Contract: A Comment, 71 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1000 (1996)

4.Risk Regulation and Its Hazards Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation, 93 Mich. L. Rev. 1498 (1995)

5.The Roots of Deference Administrative Law: Rethinking Judicial Control of Bureaucracy, 100 Yale L.J. 1103 (1991)

6.Squaring the Vicious Circle, 53 Admin. L. Rev. 257 (2001)

7.Background Norms in the Regulatory State After the Rights Revolution: Reconceiving the Regulatory State. 58 U. Chi. L. Rev. 419 (1991)

8.The Era of “Risk-Risk” and the Problem of Keeping the APA Up to Date, 63 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1375 (1996)

9.Public Choice Theory and the Judiciary: A Review of Jerry L. Mashaw’sgreed, Chaos, and Governance, 73 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1599 (1998)

10.Fingers in the Pie Judicial Compulsions, 68 Tex. L. Rev. 1303 (1990)

11.“Liberty” in the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments: The Framers’ Intentions, 53 U. Colo. L. Rev. 117 (1981)

12.Second Best: The Soft Underbelly of Deterrence Theory in Tort, 106 Harv. L. Rev. 932 (1993)

13.Federal Preemption of State Conservation Laws After the Natural Gas Policy Act: A Preliminary Look, 56 U. Colo. L. Rev. 521 (1985)

14.Free Trade in Water Resources: Sporhase v. Nebraska Ex Rel. Douglas, 2 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 89 (1983)

15.The Proposed Sea-Change in Natural Gas Regulation, 6 Energy L.J. 233 (1985)


Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg

1.Law’s Paradise Lost?, 90 Mich. L. Rev. 1609 (1992)

2.Judge Bork, Consumer Welfare, and Antitrust Law, 31 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 449 (2008)

3.Reflections on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 25 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 835 (2002)

4.International Antitrust: 2000 and Beyond, 68 Antitrust L.J. 571 (2000)

5.Douglas H Ginsburg & Taylor M Owings, Due Process in Competition Proceedings, 11 Competition L. Int’l 39 (2015)

6.Of Hunches and Mere Hunches: Two Cheers for Terry, 4 J.L. Econ. & Pol’y 79 (2007)

7.Originalism and Economic Analysis: Two Case Studies of Consistency and Coherence in Supreme Court Decision Making, 33 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 217 (2010)

8.Genetics and Privacy, 4 Tex. Rev. L. & Pol. 17 (1999)

9.Multinational Antitrust: Lessons from the U.S. Experience, 102 Mich. L. Rev. 988 (2004)

10.Bank Holding Company Expansion Strategies: The Illinois Bank Holding Company Act, 99 Banking L.J. 598 (1982)

11.Christopher C. DeMuth & Douglas H. Ginsburg, White House Review of Agency Rulemaking, 99 Harv. L. Rev. 1075 (1986)

12.Making Automobile Regulation Work: Policy Options and A Proposal, 2 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 73 (1979)

13.Synthetic Competition, Media L. & Pol’y, Fall 2006, at 1

14.Douglas H. Ginsburg & Hyland Hunt, The Prosecutor and Post-Conviction Claims of Innocence: DNA and Beyond?, 7 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 771 (2010)

15.Appellate Courts and Independent Experts, 60 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 303 (2010)

16.Douglas H. Ginsburg & Joshua D. Wright, Dynamic Analysis and the Limits of Antitrust Institutions, 78 Antitrust L.J. 1 (2012)

17.Bruce H. Kobayashi, Joshua D. Wright, Douglas H. Ginsburg, Joanna Tsai, Actavis and Multiple Anda Entrants: Beyond the Temporary Duopoly, Antitrust, Spring 2015, at 89

18.Christopher C. DeMuth & Douglas H. Ginsburg, Rationalism in Regulation, 108 Mich. L. Rev. 877 (2010)

19.Douglas H. Ginsburg, Scott H. Angstreich, Multinational Merger Review: Lessons from Our Federalism, 68 Antitrust L.J. 219 (2000)

20.Douglas H. Ginsburg & Joshua D. Wright, Antitrust Courts: Specialists Versus Generalists, 36 Fordham Int’l L.J. 788 (2013)

21.The Future of Interstate Banking, 9 J. Corp. L. 655 (1984)

22.Douglas H. Ginsburg & Joshua D. Wright, Behavioral Law and Economics: Its Origins, Fatal Flaws, and Implications for Liberty, 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1033 (2012)

23.Douglas H. Ginsburg & Brian M. Boynton, The Court En Banc: 1991-2002, 70 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 259 (2002)

24.Douglas H. Ginsburg & Donald Falk, The Court En Banc: 1981-1990, 59 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1008 (1991)


Judge David B. Sentelle

1.Judicial Discretion: Is One More of A Good Thing Too Much? Judicial Discretion. 88 Mich. L. Rev. 1828 (1990)

2.Judge Dave & the Rainbow People, 3 Green Bag 2d 61 (1999)

3.Judge Dave’s the Rainbow People, Part II, 3 Green Bag 2d 179 (2000)

4.The Courts and the Media, Fed. Law., Sept. 2001, at 24

5.Judge Dave & the Rainbow People, Part III, 3 Green Bag 2d 285 (2000)

6.Judge Dave & the Rainbow People, Part IV, 3 Green Bag 2d 405 (2000)

7.National Security Law: More Questions Than Answers, 31 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1 (2003)

8.Remarks-Justice Thomas, the Person, 4 NYU J.L. & Liberty 482 (2009)


Judge A. Raymond Randolph

1.Before Roe v. Wade: Judge Friendly’s Draft Abortion Opinion, 29 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1035 (2006)

2.2013 National Lawyers Convention Criminal Law: Criminal Law Enforcement v. the Free Press, 39 U. Dayton L. Rev. 379 (2015)

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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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