Bipartisan Agreement on More Regulatory Policy and Economics in Law School Curriculum? (AdLaw Bridge Series)

From: Notice & Comment | A Blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice

by Chris Walker


Coincidentally, RegBlog is currently running a fabulous series on innovations in teaching regulatory law. Definitely go check out the series here.

Although I am unsure what this enhanced curriculum would look like, I definitely agree with Farber and Tozzi that there’s a need for reform and that a study by the AALS might well advance the ball. It’s also refreshing to see regulatory scholars and practitioners on the left and right agree on something.

Beyond Administrative Law

From: LegalPlanet | BerkeleyLaw UCLA Law

Law students need to know about more than administrative procedure and judicial review.

Since the days of Felix Frankfurter, the Administrative Law course has been a staple of American law schools.  It’s a great course, but it’s limited.  The same is true of most of the courses on legislation and regulation in the first year, which also focus on how courts interpret statutes and how they review administrative actions.  But a student could emerge from these courses with an A+, yet without understanding the reasons for regulations to exist or how to argue before an administrative agency.  They also wouldn’t learn much about the compliance process, which may well be the stage where lawyers are most active. They may learn about the existence of OIRA (the White House office that reviews agency actions), but not about how cost-benefit analysis really works.  Yet as regulatory lawyers, that’s something they really need to understand.

An Open Letter to the Association of American Law Schools re: Curricula

Editor’s Note: CRE’s complete letter to AALS is available here. Below is an excerpt. Here is CRE’s letter to the ABA Accreditation Committee


I was pleased to learn that AALS is becoming involved in the review and, hopefully, the updating of law school curricula as described in Penn RegBlog’s Innovations in Regulatory Law series, see

CRE has always been of the opinion that law schools do a splendid job in teaching attorneys how to win in court but precious little in teaching them how to win before an agency. It is for this reason that we have developed the OIRA Teaching Module,

Once Skeptical of Executive Power, Obama Has Come to Embrace It

Publisher’s Note: Mr. Appelbaum and Mr Shear of the New York Times have written an epic report on the evolution of the use of Executive Power by the Obama Administration. It states:

In early 2014, the moment was finally ripe. Mr. Obama recruited John D. Podesta, then the head of the Center for American Progress, a liberal research and policy institution, to be his counselor in the White House.

The report also gives insight into the use of the  Executive Powers of the President in the event of a Clinton Presidency.

Regulators’ Budget Report: OIRA Shrinks as Responsibilities Grow

From: Regulatory Studies Center | Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

by Lili Carneglia, Summer Fellow


Decreases in OIRA’s Resources While Rulemaking Increases

Since OIRA was established in the early 1980s, our Regulator’s Budget data reveal that the staff and budget resources allocated to regulatory review have decreased, yet the responsibility for oversight has expanded. While the full-time staff of regulatory agencies has grown 96% since 1981, OIRA staff has declined by 33%. Budget changes for OIRA have also been much lower than for all regulatory agencies since 1981. The total regulators’ budget has multiplied 8 fold while OIRA’s budget is only 1.5 times what it was in 1981. In the coming year, the requested percentage increase in OIRA’s budget is less than half that expected of all regulatory agencies.

Transportation, Energy Projects to Get Climate Reviews

From: Bloomberg/BNA

By Dean Scott

Aug. 2 — The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies overseeing public lands are to consider how a range of energy projects to be sited there—from mines to oil and gas extraction—might worsen climate change effects under a White House guidance announced Aug. 2.


The guidance doesn’t carry the authority of a federal rule or regulation, the council stressed, but its release was still hailed as a game-changer by environmental groups because it would ensure that climate impacts are integrated into the environmental reviews and assessments required for projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1970.