Administrative Law And Agency Practice

Administrative Law and Agency Practice Annual Report 2014-2015

In General

The Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section presents a wide range of substantive programs on administrative law topics, including current issues in the headline news, scholarly writings, and the decisions of courts and administrative agencies. These include panel discussions by law professors, practitioners and judges, as well as talks by individual speakers including General Counsels from the federal agencies, Executive Departments and the Congress. Both federal and local District of Columbia administrative law and agency practice are covered. Our Harold Leventhal lecture, on subjects of current interest, is posted on the section's web site each year. It has been delivered by judges from the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the United States District Court, as well as by leading Executive Branch officials, law professors, and practitioners. The section also publishes occasional guidance papers on rulemaking and other administrative law topics, as well as the chapter on administrative law and procedure in the District of Columbia Practice Manual. Our new Listserv e-mail list connects members of the section to discussions about current administrative law events, developments, and opportunities.
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Committee Activities/Programs

A list of the section's recent programs, in 2013-2014, shows the breadth of the section's activities:

January 10, 2013:  Administrative Law- Annual Review. Three law professors (from Georgetown, GW, and American U) review the most recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and the lower federal courts, as well as particular administrative law topics in depth.

July 10, 2013: Lunchtime talk by Congressional Budget Office General Counsel Mark Hadley

July 17, 2013: Panel discussion of D.C. Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers on Practice Before D.C. Administrative Agencies

September 10, 2013: Panel discussion on Developing an Administrative Record

January 7, 2014: Panel discussion on the Future of Auer Deference

July 16, 2014: Panel discussion on Cutting Edge FOIA Issues

July 31, 2014: Panel discussion: Administrative Law 101- Greenhouse Gas Regulation

September 12, 2014: Harold Leventhal lecture by U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.) on Recent Supreme Court Decisions

September 30, 2014: Lunchtime talk by CEO General Counsel Brenda Mallory

October 22, 2014: Lunchtime talk by U.S. Department of Interior Solicitor Hilary Thomkins

November 20, 2014:  Evidence in Administrative Proceedings

January 13, 2015:  Statutory Interpretation, by Yale law professor Eskridge

January 20, 2015: CLE course on Legislative and Regulatory Drafting

January 2015:  Lunchtime talk by DoT General Counsel Kathryn Thomson

February 12, 2015: Lunchtime talk by CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs

February 19, 2015: Panel discussion: Implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group.

March/April 2015: Administrative Law- Annual Review: Three law professors (from Georgetown, GW, and American U) review the most recent decisions of the US Supreme Court and the lower federal courts, as well as particular administrative law topics in depth.

April 2015:  Cocktail Reception for section members at Hogan Lovells

May 7, 2015: Lunchtime talk by U.S. House of Representatives General Counsel Kerry Kircher

May 2015: Lunchtime talk by FCC General Counsel Jon Sallet

May/June 2015: Panel discussion on Cutting Edge FOIA Issues
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Section Publications

The section recently released Rulemaking 101: A Guide to the Informal Notice and Comment Process, the first in a planned series of D.C. Bar desk manuals, digests and downloads intended to help practitioners find quick answers to basic questions. Written by Judith Starr, co-chair of the section and General Counsel of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), it covers the fundamentals for understanding, and provides a roadmap for navigating, the various stages of informal rulemaking.
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CLE

The section sponsors or co-sponsors many CLE programs throughout the year, including the January 20, 2015 course on Legislative and Regulatory Drafting, a three-part series on the Fundamentals of Administrative Law, and courses on lobbying, federal grants and federal personnel law.
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Community Outreach

Our section will participate as a co-sponsor of the annual Youth Law Fair in the spring, and also will support the Community Economic Development Project of the Bar.
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