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JOTWELL Administrative Law Section Year in Review, 2020 Edition

As I first noted on the blog six years ago, the Administrative Law Section of JOTWELL—The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)—is a terrific resource for administrative law practitioners and scholars. JOTWELL’s Administrative Law Section publishes monthly a short review of a current piece of administrative law scholarship, usually authored by one of our contributing editors who are all leading voices in the field. These reviews situate the scholarship within the broader literature—and oftentimes also within the realities of administrative-law practice—and then focus mainly on the things the reviewer likes (lots) about the piece.

Since 2015, I’ve had the privilege of serving as co-editor of the Jotwell’s Administrative Law Section, currently with Miriam Seifter as my section co-editor. This year the Administrative Law Section published fourteen reviews (“jots”) of current scholarship in the field. Here is the rundown (in chronological order) with links to the reviews and the underlying papers:

  1. Margaret Kwoka, When Agencies Sue Each Other, JOTWELL (January 6, 2020) (reviewing Bijal Shah, Executive (Agency) Administration, 72 Stan. L. Rev. 641 (2020).
  2. Kathryn Watts, Don’t Forget the States, JOTWELL (February 5, 2020) (reviewing Jessica Bulman-Pozen, Administrative States: Beyond Presidential Administration, 98 Tex. L. Rev. 265 (2019)).
  3. Richard Murphy, It’s “Executive Power,” Not “Executivish Power”, JOTWELL Feb. 21, 2020 (reviewing Julian Davis Mortenson, Article II Vests Executive Power, Not the Royal Prerogative, 119 Colum. L. Rev. 1169 (2019) and Julian Davis Mortenson, The Executive Power Clause167 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1269 (2020)).
  4. Anne Joseph O’Connell, The Surface State, JOTWELL (March 10, 2020) (reviewing Ryan M. Scoville, Unqualified Ambassadors, 69 Duke L.J. 71 (2019)).
  5. Miriam Seifter, Refining Administrative Law’s Lessons for Police, JOTWELL (April 2, 2020) (reviewing Maria Ponomarenko, Rethinking Police Rulemaking, 114 N.W. U. L. Rev. 1 (2019)).
  6. Jack Beermann, When Agencies Do Not Not Have Statutory Power to Regulate, JOTWELL (April 30, 2020) (reviewing William W. Buzbee, Agency Statutory Abnegation in the Deregulatory Playbook, 68 Duke L.J. 1509 (2019)).
  7. Kristin Hickman, A New Kind of Public/Private Partnership, JOTWELL (May 28, 2020) (reviewing Rory Van Loo, The New Gatekeepers: Private Firms As Public Enforcers, 106 Va. L. Rev. 467 (2020)).
  8. Richard Pierce, Reinvigorating the Non-Delegation Doctrine, JOTWELL (June 24, 2020) (reviewing Cary CoglianeseDimensions of Delegation, 167 U. Penn. L. Rev. 1849 (2019)).
  9. Jodi Short, 6 Degrees of Delegation, JOTWELL (June 24, 2020) (reviewing Cary Coglianese, Dimensions of Delegation167 U. Penn. L. Rev. 1849 (2019)).
  10. Eloise Pasachoff, When the Government Breaks Its Financial Promises, JOTWELL (July 20, 2020) (reviewing Matthew B. Lawrence, Disappropriation, 120 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (2020)).
  11. Christopher Walker, AI Agents in Federal Agencies, JOTWELL (September 4, 2020) (reviewing David Freeman Engstrom, Daniel E. Ho, Catherine M. Sharkey & Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Government by Algorithm: Artificial Intelligence in Federal Administrative AgenciesReport for the Administrative Conference of the United States (2020).
  12. Margaret Kwoka, How Commercial Secrets Become Government Secrets, JOTWELL (October 6, 2020) (reviewing Deepa Varadarajan, Business Secrecy Expansion and FOIA, 68 UCLA Law Review (forthcoming 2021)).
  13. Mila Sohoni, Administrative Law All the Way Up, JOTWELL (November 6, 2020) (reviewing Kathryn E. Kovacs, Constraining the Statutory President, 98 Wash. U. L. Rev. 62 (2020)).
  14. Richard Murphy, The Nondelegation Doctrine and a Deep Dive Into Federal Taxation of Real Estate in 1798 That You Didn’t Even Know You Needed, JOTWELL (December 15, 2020) (reviewing Nicholas R. Parrillo, A Critical Assessment of the Originalist Case Against Administrative Regulatory Power: New Evidence from the Federal Tax on Private Real Estate in the 1790s, 131 Yale L.J. (forthcoming 2021)).

If you haven’t had a chance to read these reviews and the underlying papers, definitely check them out!