Notice & Comment

ABA Administrative Law Section Resolution in Memory of Richard Watson Parker, by Andrew Emery

On November 20, 2021, the governing council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice approved the following resolution:

WHEREAS our friend and colleague Richard Watson Parker, Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, passed away on October 3, 2021;

WHEREAS Richard was a dear colleague and mentor to many members of this Section for decades;

WHEREAS Richard led by example through his passion for administrative law, his commitment to the rule of law, his emphasis on energy in bureaucracy, and his professionalism and kindness to this Section;

WHEREAS Richard selflessly and tirelessly supported this Section in many capacities, including as Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, as a member of the Section’s governing council, most recently as the Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, and most affectionately as the founder of the Section’s environment-loving Outing Club;

WHEREAS Richard led the Section’s efforts to explore a variety of topics, including negotiated rulemaking, regulatory cooperation, and the use of administrative law to advance environmental goals;

WHEREAS Richard contributed so much to this Section and the development of administrative law through his serious and penetrating scholarship, his passionate engagement in the field of administrative law and regulatory practice, and his tireless and good-natured service in the Section, in the classroom, and in the regulatory trenches;

NOW, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Section expresses our deep sadness at Richard’s passing, our condolences to his wife, Edith Cecil, his daughters, his extended family and loved ones, and honors his memory for his numerous contributions to this Section, the administrative law community, and the legal profession. We are honored to call him our friend and colleague.

Andrew Emery is Chair of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

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