I am pleased to join the Yale Journal on Regulation as a regular blogger. As part of my contributions to the blog, I will host a column, entitled the Administrative Law Bridge Series, which will highlight current scholarship in administrative law and regulation. These reviews will be at a level of detail and length somewhere between Jotwell andSolum’s Legal Theory Blog and will reflect a similarly positive tone.
The focus of the AdLaw Bridge Series is not just to identify terrific scholarship in the field, but to help bridge the gap between that scholarship and the real-world practice of administrative law. Having defended federal agencies while on the Justice Department’s Civil Appellate Staff, reviewed challenges to agency actions while clerking, and represented clients in the regulatory process while in private practice (and on occasion now in the academy), I have experienced firsthand the gap between theory and practice. Yet scholars across the country are attempting to bridge that gap. The AdLaw Bridge Series endeavors to recognize these scholarly efforts with the hope that those operating in the modern administrative state—regulators, regulated entities and their advocates, courts, and policymakers—will take notice and advantage of the arguments made, frameworks developed, and empirical realities uncovered in these academic works.