Opportunities at ACUS

by Emily Bremer — Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018@emilysbremer

The Administrative Conference of the United States is hiring!  The agency is accepting applications for the full-time position of Attorney Advisor (to start this spring or summer), as well as for a term-limited fellowship designed for current or aspiring administrative law scholars (start date is flexible and will be negotiated).  If you’re interested in administrative procedure and governance, ACUS offers a unique, cross-cutting view of the administrative state.  It’s also a wonderful place to work!

For those interested in the Attorney Advisor position, applications are due no later than Monday, April 30.  From the website:

The Conference encourages lawyers who may be interested in serving as an attorney advisor to send a brief letter, accompanied by a resume and transcript (official or unofficial), expressing their interest and identifying the approximate date on which they would be available to start. The ideal candidate would have more than one year experience working as an attorney in a setting requiring them to independently manage a portfolio of projects or possess a demonstrated academic background in administrative law and regulatory procedure. (The Conference welcomes expressions of interest from lawyers who hold fixed-term positions—such as judicial clerkships and academic fellowships—that may not end in the near future.) Letters should be addressed to Reeve T. Bull, Research Director, and emailed to info@acus.gov.

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ACUS attorney advisors conduct legal research and writing, stakeholder outreach, and other activities in furtherance of the Conference’s mission of improving federal agency rulemaking, adjudication, administration and management, judicial review of agency action, and other related matters. The duties associated with the position include identifying appropriate subjects for reports and recommendations through extensive research and analysis; working with outside consultants in preparing reports and recommendations; drafting research reports; planning workshops and other similar events; presenting research findings to the Conference’s members; speaking at meetings of the Conference, professional associations, and law schools about the Conference’s work; and assisting with the implementation of the Conference’s recommendations.

Additional information about this position, including a discussion of qualifications and compensation, is available on ACUS’s website.

In addition, the Conference is now taking applications for the Williams Fellowship, which is a great opportunity for current or aspiring legal academics.  Again, from the website:

The Jerre S. Williams Fellowship offers an opportunity for current or aspiring academics to complete a one or two-year fellowship with the Administrative Conference.  Applicants can include either existing academics or graduates of law schools or PhD programs with a scholarly interest in administrative law.  In making hiring decisions, the Conference will consider both the applicant’s scholarly record in the administrative law area (e.g., law review publications, treatises, articles, academic presentations) and his or her work experience (including prior positions in academia, work at a law firm or government agency, judicial clerkships, etc.).

During his or her time at ACUS, the Williams Fellow will carry out many of the same functions as an attorney advisor.  This includes identifying appropriate subjects for reports and recommendations through extensive research and analysis; working with outside consultants in preparing reports and recommendations; drafting research reports; planning workshops and other similar events; presenting research findings to the Conference’s members; speaking at meetings of the Conference, professional associations, and law schools about the Conference’s work; and assisting with the implementation of the Conference’s recommendations.  The Williams Fellow will also be expected to complete one or more reports that may serve as the basis of a Conference project.  Recent reports underlying Conference recommendations have been published in such prominent journals as the Yale Law Journal and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Applications for the Williams Fellowship should be sent via email to ACUS’s Research Director, Reeve T. Bull (rbull@acus.gov).

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About Emily Bremer

Emily S. Bremer is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the faculty, Professor Bremer taught at the University of Wyoming College of Law, served as the Research Chief of the Administrative Conference of the United States, worked as an associate in the telecommunications and appellate practice of Wiley Rein LLP, and clerked for Hon. Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her research focuses on administrative procedure and issues at the intersection of public and private governance, with a particular focus on the use of privately developed technical standards in government regulation.

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