Jeffrey Lubbers

Professor of Practice in Administrative Law

Office: Room 515B
Phone: 202-274-4266
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Jeffrey Lubbers is a Professor of Practice in Administrative Law and is also active in WCL’s Law and Government Program. He holds expertise in administrative law; government structure and procedures; and regulatory policy and procedures. In addition to teaching Administrative Law, he also teaches the Washington Lawyer Seminar, the keystone course in the LLM in Law and Government Program. He also serves as WCL’s liaison to Japanese Law Schools, having taught at WCL’s “sister school,” Ritsumeikan University School of Law in Kyoto, for six summers. In 2012 he was appointed Director of WCL’s Europe Summer Law Program. He has also engaged in numerous administrative law reform projects in China in the last 20 years. From 1982-1995, Professor Lubbers was the research director of the Administrative Conference of the United States, where he is now Special Counsel. He has published two books: A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking (5th ed., ABA Press, 2012) and Federal Administrative Procedure Sourcebook (4th ed., ABA Press, 2008). He is also the editor of the ABA’s Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (13 vols., 1998-2011).



Areas of Specialization

  • Administrative Law

Degrees & Universities

  • A.B., Cornell University
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School

  • Selected Publications

    • Jeffrey Lubbers, A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking (5th ed., ABA 2012).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, ed., Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 1998-2008 (10 volumes) (ABA Sec. of Admin. L. & Reg.Prac. 2009).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Achieving Policymaking Consensus: The (Unfortunate) Waning of Negotiated Rulemaking, 49 S. Tex. L. Rev. 987 (2008).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, et al., Federal Administrative Procedure Sourcebook (William Funk, Jeffrey Lubbers, & Charles Pou, eds., 4th ed., ABA 2008).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Consensus-Building in Administrative Law: The Revival of the Administrative Conference of the U.S., 30 Admin. & Reg. L. News 3 (Winter 2005).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers & Paul Verkuil, Alternative Approaches to Judicial Review of Social Security Disability Cases, in Report to the Social Security Advisory Board ( Mar. 2002) (reprinted in 55 Admin. L. Rev. 731 (2003)).
    • + More Publications...

    • Books

    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Administrative Conference of the United States: A Bibliography, 1968-1995 ( 2007).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, "The Future of Electronic Rulemaking: A Research Agenda," Regulatory Policy Working Paper RPP-2002-04 (Harvard U. 2002) (reprinted in 27 Admin. & Reg. L. News 6 (Summer 2002).).
    • Other Publications

    • Jeffrey Lubbers, ACUS 2.0 and its Historical Anteccedents, 36 Admin. & Reg. L. News 9 (Spring 2011).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Japan’s Legal Education Reforms from an American Law Professor’s Perspective, (Published in Japanese as part of a book honoring a Japanese Professor) (2011). SSRN Link
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, The U.S. Rulemaking Process: Has It Become Too Difficult?, 67 Proc: Coast Guard J. Safety at Sea 66 (2010).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, A Survey of Federal Agency Rulemakers' Attitudes About e-Rulemaking, 62 Admin. L. Rev. 451 (2010).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Should the Primary Locus of Government Adjudication be in the 163 Agencies, the Courts, or in a Special Tribunal Comparisons between the US and the UK/Australia Model?”, in Effective Judicial Review: A Cornerstone of Good Governance (Christopher F. Forsyth et al, Oxford University Press 2010).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, The Transformation of the U.S. Rulemaking Process – For Better or Worse, 34 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 469 (2008).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Regulatory Transparency: The Transformation of the U.S. Rulemaking Process, Developing Alternatives 47 (Winter 2008).
    • Frank S. Bloch, Jeffrey S. Lubbers & Paul R. Verkuil, The Social Security Administration’s New Disability Adjudication Rules: A Significant and Promising Reform, 92 Cornell L. Rev. 235 (2007).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers & James May, The Emphasis on the Presidency in U.S. Public Law: An Essay Critiquing Presidential Administration (Wrote preface & facilitated publication of Tom Sargentich’s posthumous article), 59 Admin. L. Rev. 1 (2007).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Judicial Review Lecture — Ritsumeikan University, 22 Ritsumeikan L. Rev. (Intl. ed.) 101 (Mar. 2005).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, In Memoriam, Ernest Gellhorn (1935-2005), 57 Admin. L. Rev. iv (2005).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Reviving the Administrative Conference of the United States: The Time Has Come, 51 Fed. Law 26 (Nov./Dec. 2004).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Rulemaking in the United States and Japan, in CDAMS Discussion Paper 04/27E (Ctr. for Leg. Dynamics of Adv. Mkt. Socities Nov. 2004).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Judicial Review of Administrative Agency Actions in the U.S., 17 Nara L. Rev. 115 (Sept. 2004).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, OMB to Require Peer Review for Regulatory Science Documents, 29 Admin. & Reg. L. News 3 (Fall 2003).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Frank Bloch, & Paul Verkuil, Developing a Full and Fair Evidentiary Record in a Nonadversary Setting: Two Proposals for Improving Social Security Disability Adjudications, 25 Cardozo L. Rev. 1 (Mar. 2003) (reprinted in Report to the Social Security Advisory Board (March 2003)).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers & Paul Verkuil, Alternative Approaches to Judicial Review of Social Security Disability Cases, 55 Admin. L. Rev. 731 (2003). SSRN Link
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, “Administrative Procedure Act” (Vol. 1, pp.3-6), “Paperwork Reduction Act” (Vol. 3, pp.114-16), & “Regulatory Flexibility Act” (Vol. 3, pp. 157-59), in Major Acts of Congress (Brian K. Landsberg, ed., MacMillan Ref. U.S.A; Thompson Gale 2003).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Creating the New Department of Homeland Security: Don’t Forget About Administrative Law!, 28 Admin. & Reg. L. News 4 (Fall 2002).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Malcolm Russell-Einhorn & Vedat Milor, Strengthening Access to Information and Public Participation in Transition Countries - Latvia as a Case Study in Administrative Law Reform, 54 Admin. L. Rev. 459 (Apr. 2002).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, A Blackletter Statement of Federal Administrative Law, developed under the auspices of the Administrative Procedure Act Project of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, (2002) (reprinted in 54 Admin. L. Rev. 1).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, A Blackletter Statement of Federal Administrative Law, 54 Admin. L. Rev. 1 (2002).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Closing the Courthouse to Immigrants, 24 Admin. & Reg. L. News 1 (Winter 1999).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, If It Didn’t Exist, It Would Have To Be Invented—Reviving the Administrative Conference, 30 Ariz. St. L.J. 147 (1998).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, The ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice—From Objector to Protector of the APA, 50 Admin. L. Rev. 157 (1998).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Ombudsman Offices in the Federal Government—An Emerging Trend?, 22 Admin. & Reg. L. News 6 (Summer 1997).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, The Administrative Law Agenda for the Next Decade, 49 Admin. L. Rev. 159 (1997).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, The Stronger Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 49 Admin. L. Rev. 111 (1997).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, APA Adjudication: Is the Quest for Uniformity Faltering?, 10 Admin. L.J. Am. U. 65 (1996).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, President Obama's Op-Ed and Executive Order on Regulatory Review (The Federalist Society, National Press Club, Wash., D.C., Mar. 21, 2011).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, Agency 'Good Guidance' Practices (ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Wash., D.C., Mar. 18, 2011).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Program Moderator, Review of Agency Rules in the D.C. Circuit: Back to the Future? (U.S. Courthouse, D.C., Mar. 31, 2010).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, The Potential of Rulemaking by the NLRB ("Whither the Board: The National Labor Relations Board at 75," Fla. Intl. U. C. L. Symposium, Miami, Fla., Mar. 26, 2010).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Paper, How the Forms and Formality of Administrative Agency Action Affect the Structure and Scope of Judicial Review in U.S. Federal Courts (Effective Jud. Rev. Conf., Sch. L. Chinese U. H.K., Dec. 2008).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panelist, Regulating Effectively in a Globalized World (USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum, Crystal City, Va., Feb. 22, 2008).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Testimony, Reducing the Regulatory Burden on Small Business: Improving the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Hearing Before the Committee on Small Business, U.S. House of Representatives, Wash., D.C., Nov. 8, 2007).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Presentation, Federal Agency Policy Making: Are Consensus-Based Processes Living Up to Their Promise? (South Texas Law Review’s 14th Annual Ethics Symposium, “Ethics in the Expanding World of ADR,” Houston, Tex., Nov. 2, 2007).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Speech, Transformation of the U.S. Rulemaking Process (Dean's Lecture Series at Ohio Northern University Petit School of Law, Ada, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2007).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Visiting Professor, Special Topics in Government and Commercial Law: Comparative US/Australia Administrative Law (Australian National University, Canberra, Austrl., Jan. 19-25, 2007).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Discussant, Symposium on E-Rulemaking in the 21st Century (Harvard University, Dec. 5, 2005).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Testimony, Administrative Law Ramifications of Creating the Department of Homeland Security (Before the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Committee on the Judiciary, Wash., D.C., July 9, 2002).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Presentation, Case Study of Administrative Simplification and Regulatory Burden Reduction Programmes in the United States (Org. for Econ. Cooperation & Dev., Oct. 18-19, 2001) (reprinted in From Red Tape to Smart Tape: Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries (Chapter 8, Org. for Econ. Cooperation & Dev., 2003)).