Regulatory Experts Will Examine Regulatory Change Under Obama Administration


WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2010 – American University Washington College of Law will host a conference titled “Regulatory Change Under the Obama Administration” on Feb. 16. 

The event is presented by the Administrative Law Review, and will feature panel discussions broken down into sessions on the financial, communications, and environmental sectors, including experts who have worked in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission. 

Their comments will provide an update on where these industries stand after a full year of regulatory leadership under President Obama, and what lies ahead for the remainder of his administration.

When: February 16, 2010

            9:30 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Where: American University Washington College of Law

             4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016, Room 603

Full Schedule:

9:30 am            Registration and Coffee

10:00 am           Welcome/Introduction

Claudio M. Grossman, Dean, Washington College of Law

Kevin G. Barker, Editor in Chief, Administrative Law Review

10:15 am           Opening Keynote Address

The Honorable Cass R. Sunstein, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget

11:00 am           Break

11:10 am           Regulatory Change in the Financial Sector

                        Moderator: Professor Stephen Wermiel, Washington College of Law

Annette L. Nazareth, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP & former Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission

Damon A. Silvers, Member, Congressional Oversight Panel & Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO

Professor Arthur E. Wilmarth, George Washington University

12:25 pm          Lunch/Luncheon Keynote Address

                        Cornelius M. Kerwin, President, American University & Founder, Center for the Study of Rulemaking

1:25 pm            Regulatory Change in the Communications Sector

                        Moderator: Professor Anthony E. Varona, Washington College of Law

                        Stuart Benjamin, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Federal Communications Commission (invited)

                        Daniel L. Brenner, Partner, Hogan & Hartson LLP

                        Harold Feld, Legal Director, Public Knowledge

                        M. Chris Riley, Policy Counsel, Free Press

2:40 pm            Break

2:50 pm            Regulatory Change in the Environmental Sector

                        Moderator: Professor William Snape, Washington College of Law

Kyle W. Danish, Partner, Van Ness Feldman

David D. Doniger, Climate Change Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

                        Professor Rena I. Steinzor, University of Maryland School of Law & President, Center for Progressive Reform

4:05 pm            Closing Remarks

4:15 pm            Networking Reception