Summer 2017 Course Schedule

Federal Regulatory Process (LAW-788-001)
Christina McDonald, Daniel Cohen

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:25 PM (TTh) - Room YT16

Enrolled: 16 / Limit: 40

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The course examines the practical side of the Federal regulatory process. The course offers an overview of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) processes of rulemaking, policy formulation, and judicial review. We will cover the foundational elements of the federal regulatory process, including the basics of the APA, mechanisms for the public to engage with agencies, the interagency process, and regulatory analysis requirements. We will consider how the other branches of government intersect with the federal regulatory process, such as the role of congressional oversight and of judicial review. We will consider efforts to reform and improve the federal regulatory process. Federal agency lawyers and guest lecturers from the executive and legislative branches, public interest groups, and private practice bring their expertise to the classroom on current issues.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking - Skim pages 1-31 (overview). Read pages 43-52 (rules) and 175-188 (why do agencies issue rules).

5 U.S.C. Sections 551 & 552 (from the Administrative Procedure Act)