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Author: Sam Wice

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SEC Employment Information Sessions

My only contribution to recent posts on the transition and/or Secretary of War William Belknap’s impeachment may be that I likely have some relationship to William Belknap—my great-grandma’s maiden name was Belknap. However, what I can contribute is information about two great events hosted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement […]

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Why the Paperwork Reduction Act May Be the Reason the IRS is Delaying Tax Season

The Internal Revenues Service (IRS) recently announced that it will delay tax season. Although it usually begins accepting tax returns in late January, this year it will not begin accepting taxes until Friday, February 12. The IRS cited the December 27 tax changes from the new stimulus as the reason. However, left unstated, the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) may have […]

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How to Get an Attorney Job with the Federal Government

Introduction Employment as a federal-government attorney offers a lot to desire. The government generally does not require the high hours of big law and provides high levels of responsibility. This article summarizes a recent panel at the Section of Administrative Law’s annual conference, where I explained the hiring process for attorney positions with the federal […]

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Examining GAO Decisions on Permissible Government Actions During a Shutdown

President Trump just narrowly avoided a potential, third government shutdown during his presidency. As such, now might be a good time to examine the still ongoing dispute between Congress and President Trump regarding the legality of the Trump administration’s actions during the most recent government shutdown. Specifically, since the most recent shutdown in fiscal year […]

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Session for ABA Administrative Law Conference: Administrative Law Job Opportunities for Young Lawyers, 11/19 5:00-6:00

The week of the annual ABA Administrative Law Conference has arrived! This is the signature event of the ABA Administrative Law Section. As Chris Walker detailed in a prior post, we have a terrific set of panels and speakers this year. You can still register for the full two-day program here (or Thursday only here, or Friday only here). The […]

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Why the Congressional Review Act May Still Be Important, Even If Republicans Win the Senate

If current election results hold, it looks like Democrats will win the presidency, hold the House of Representatives, but lose the Senate (pending potential Georgia Senate runoff(s)). When the presidency most recently switched parties, congressional Republicans and President Trump extensively used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to dissaprove Obama administration rules. Although Democrats may not […]

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Why the D.C. Circuit Likely Was Incorrect in Holding that the House of Representatives Has Standing to Challenge President Trump Building the Wall

The D.C. Circuit issued an opinion today in U.S. House of Representatives v. Mnuchin. The opinion holds that the House of Representatives has standing to bring a lawsuit against the Trump administration to prevent President Trump from building a wall along the border with Mexico. Although I have previously said that I believe the House […]

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Examination of a Potential Talking Filibuster Rule in the Senate

Recently, I wrote an article on (i) why the vote and time requirements to overcome a filibuster are such effective tools for the minority to oppose legislation and (ii) potential procedural options on how to eliminate the filibuster. Subsequent news reports have indicated that if Democrats were to win the Senate in the 2020 elections, […]

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The Origination Clause and Why House Democrats May Have Standing to Challenge the Recent Executive Order on Payroll Taxes

With COVID-19 cases still common throughout the United States and unemployment around 10 percent, many Americans are in a dire economic situation. As the COVID-19 economic stimulus recently expired, and President Trump and Congress have been unable to reach any agreement on an extension, President Trump unilaterally issued four executive orders for economic relief. Many […]

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Examining Procedures for How the Senate Filibuster Could Be Eliminated

The days of the Senate filibuster are likely numbered. Recently, President Obama called for eliminating the filibuster as a relic of Jim Crow. Likewise, President Trump has repeatedly called for eliminating the filibuster, and Joe Biden has indicated openness to eliminating the filibuster. If the Senate were to eliminate the filibuster, this is not the […]

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Why the Senate Likely Cannot Be Called Back Into Session Under the Constitution

In response to mass shootings across the country, several politicians, including President Trump, have called for increased gun-control measures. House Democrats had already passed some gun control bills before the mass shootings, and Speaker Pelosi has urged the Senate to consider the legislation. To encourage immediate action, Speaker Pelosi recently wrote a letter to President […]