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Federal Regulatory Process (LAW-788-001)
Nelson, Eisner

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:10 PM (TTH) - Room 601

Enrolled: 19 / Limit: 45


Meets 5/28-7/25


The course examines the practical side of the federal regulatory process through its central theme: the use of regulation and associated programs to solve national problems. Over 20 guest lecturers from the executive and legislative branches, the academic community, trade associations, public interest groups, and private practice bring to the classroom their expertise on many current issues.

The course offers an overview of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) processes of rulemaking, adjudication, and judicial review (but is not intended as a substitute for a traditional administrative law course). We will cover how agencies operate and interact with the public. We also will examine techniques to constrain the arbitrary exercise of administrative discretion. These include the use of institutional management controls; selection of agency officials; Congressional, Presidential, and Judicial oversight; openness (including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)); and public participation and monitoring. We will also review efforts to enhance APA processes, such as increased openness, alternative dispute resolution, and Web 2.0 technology

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First Class Readings

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