Jeffrey Lubbers

Professor of Practice in Administrative Law

Office: Room Y346K
Phone: 202-274-4266
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Jeffrey Lubbers is a Professor of Practice in Administrative Law and is also active as a Fellow 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 seven summers. From 2012-15 he was 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 (5th ed., ABA Press, 2016). He also served as the editor of the ABA’s Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (16 vols., 1998-2014).



Areas of Specialization

  • Administrative Law

Degrees & Universities

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

  • Selected Publications

    • Ronald M. Levin & Jeffrey Lubbers, Administrative Law and Process in a Nutshell (6th ed., West Academic 2017).
    • William Funk & Jeffrey S. Lubbers, Federal Administrative Procedure Sourcebook (5th ed., ABA 2016).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking (5th ed., ABA 2012) (Chinese edition published 2016).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, ed., Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 1998-2008 (16 volumes) (ABA Sec. of Admin. L. & Reg.Prac. 2014).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Achieving Policymaking Consensus: The (Unfortunate) Waning of Negotiated Rulemaking, 49 S. Tex. L. Rev. 987 (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...

  • + Selected Presentations

    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, Licensing Reform in the U.S. (International Conference on Administrative Regulation and Licensing, China Law Society and Chinese University of Politics and Law, Beijing, P.R.C., Dec. 17, 2016).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, Closing Remarks (International Conference on Administrative Regulation and Licensing, China Law Society and Chinese University of Politics and Law, Beijing, P.R.C., Dec. 17, 2016).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, Aspects of Judicial Transparency in the United States (Conference on Chinese Judicial Reform: The State of Play, Peking University Law School & University of Chicago Center in Beijing, Beijing, P.R.C., Dec. 15, 2016).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Guest Lecture, Introduction to the U.S. Administrative Procedure Act (Capital Normal University, Beijing, P.R.C., Dec. 14, 2016).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, Administrative Appeals in the United States (Doshisha University School of Law Faculty Speaker Series, Kyoto, Jap., June 16, 2016).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, Introduction to U.S. Administrative Law (Tianjin University Law School, Tianjin, P.R.C., Dec. 17, 2015).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, Introduction to U.S. Rulemaking (Chinese Academy of Governance, Beijing, P.R.C., Dec. 16, 2015).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Meeting with students, How Administrative Law is Taught in the United States (Zhengzhou University Law School, Zhengzhou, P.R.C., Dec. 14, 2015).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, Has the Time Come to Revisit Formal and Hybrid Rulemaking? (ABA Section of Administrative Law Fall Conference, D.C., Oct. 29, 2015).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, Social Media & Rulemaking—How Far Can or Should Agencies Go? (ABA Section of Administrative Law Fall Conference, D.C., Oct. 29, 2015).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Keynote Address, Are Federal Administrative Law Judges an “Endangered Species”? (Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference Annual Meeting, Charleston, S.C., Sept. 28, 2015).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Presentation, Annual Developments in Administrative Law (D.C. Bar, D.C., Apr. 23, 2015).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Discussant, It’s Time to Remove the “Mossified” Procedures for FTC Rulemaking (George Washington University Law Review Symposium, D.C., Nov. 18, 2014).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Co-Presenter, The Informal Rulemaking Process (DC Bar, Fundamentals of Federal Administrative Law Practice, CLE Program, D.C., May 7, 2015 (and previous ten years)).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Discussant, Judicial Review of Administrative Enforcement: Adjudication Involving an Interpretation of Statutes (Zhejiang University, Guanghua Law School, Conference on “Guiding Cases,” Hangzhou, P.R.C., Mar. 22, 2014).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, An Overview of the U.S. Administrative Procedure Act (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School, Shanghai, P.R.C., Mar. 20, 2014).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, The U.S. System of Public Administration Accountability Mechanisms (Peking University, Beijing, P.R.C., Mar. 14, 2014).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Discussant, How Do Agencies Use ADR to Accomplish Their Regulatory Functions? (AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, N.Y.C., N.Y., Jan. 4, 2014).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, Administrative Law & the Modern Administrative State (Nagoya University, Center for Asian Legal Exchange, Nagoya, Jap., Dec. 17, 2013).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, Legal Transplantation in the Field of Administrative Law—An Overview (Nagoya University, Center for Asian Legal Exchange, Nagoya, Jap., Dec. 9, 2013).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Presentation, Fail to Comment at Your Own Risk: Does Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Have a Place in Judicial Review of Rules? (Administrative Law Forum, Louisville University Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, Ky., Dec. 5, 2013).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, Providing Guarantees For The Citizens Against The Public Administration: The United States Experience (University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, July 4, 2013).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Discussant, Public Administration—an Obstacle, a Curative or “It Depends”? (Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, Mar. 22, 2013).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Organizer & Moderator, Congress and the Administrative State (AALS Section on Administrative Law, New Orleans, La., Jan. 5, 2013).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Keynote Speech, U.S. Law Schools’ Approaches to Preparing Public Sector Attorneys (Osaka University Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka, Jap., Dec. 8, 2012).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Lecture, “Pre-Law” Education in the United States (Doshisha University School of Law, Kyoto, Jap., Dec. 4, 2012).
    • Jeffrey Lubbers, Panel Discussant, Comments on Professor Zheng Chunyan’s Paper (Symposium on The Future of Chinese Administrative Law, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., Pa., Oct. 24, 2012).
    • 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)).