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Author: Aaron L. Nielson

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The Law Has Lost a Giant: The Legacy of Judge Stephen Williams

I’ve often said that this is the greatest opening line in the history of the D.C. Circuit: “In the Spring of 1985, as Mikhail Gorbachev was assuming the duties of General Secretary and inaugurating perestroika, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission launched its own restructuring of the natural gas industry.” The sentence reflects the best of the […]

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D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Drip Drip Drip

The most important news this week in the world of law is that someone is leaking information about internal Supreme Court deliberations: This is a bad development. Leaks can destroy collegiality — collegiality that takes a great deal effort to build and which facilitates intellectual engagement. Leaks also can lead to self-censorship; if the justices […]

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D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Postage Stamps

I learned something new this week: you can order custom postage stamps with an image of your own choosing.* I also learned something else: the Postal Service restricts what types of images you can use. Another thing: no politics are allowed. And one more: this make-your-own-postage program is going to end in a few days. […]

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D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: A Field Study

My posts are designed to help you keep track of the D.C. Circuit — with particular focus on administrative law — in five minutes a week. To that end, for nearly five years I’ve provided a summary of the week’s cases.* But this week I’ve really gone above and beyond the call of duty. I’ve […]

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D.C. Circuit Review – Reviewed: Jerry Sloan

This week the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the D.C. Circuit; that doesn’t happen very often. And yesterday there was a (puzzling) brouhaha about a procedural order. Even so, on the whole, it has been a quiet week for the D.C. Circuit.* So I’ll claim a moment of personal privilege. This morning Jerry Sloan passed away. […]