Yesterday at our annual meeting of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, the Section voted to approve the slate of new officers and council members. Thanks to the nominating committee, chaired by Judy Boggs and including Renée Landers and Matt Wiener, for identifying, recruiting, and recommending a terrific slate. Here is the list of new leaders (including bios):
Chair (by operation of the bylaws)
Andrew Emery is president of The Regulatory Group, Inc. (TRG). Since 1996, Mr. Emery has worked with numerous federal agencies on regulatory projects and supported agency advisory committees to address complex policy issues. After decades of experience supporting agency teams analyzing public comments in rulemaking, Mr. Emery led TRG to develop the comments analysis platform DocketCAT™ and made it available to contractors and agencies in 2020. Mr. Emery is also the primary instructor of more than 10 classes on the regulatory process, which draw attendees from almost every federal regulatory agency, as well as from state and foreign governments and the private sector.
Mr. Emery has served in various capacities in the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. Mr. Emery has been presenter and organizer of the Rulemaking 101 sessions at the spring and fall conferences since 2011 and is a member of the section’s Regulatory Policy, Rulemaking, E-Rulemaking, Sponsorship, and Fundraising committees. He has co-chaired the section’s Fall Conference since 2014, served on the Governing Council from 2017-2019, served on the section’s Nominating Committee in 2017, served as the section’s liaison to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) in 2017, and received the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2017. Since 2017, Mr. Emery has also served as a special counsel to ACUS and is a member of ACUS’s Rulemaking Committee. Mr. Emery is a graduate of Kenyon College and American University’s Washington College of Law.
Last Retiring Chair (by operation of the bylaws)
Christopher J. Walker
Christopher Walker is the John W. Bricker Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Walker clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court, and worked on the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice where he represented federal agencies and defended federal regulations in a variety of contexts. His publications have appeared in the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among others. Outside the law school, he serves as one of forty Public Members of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He blogs regularly at the Yale Journal on Regulation. Professor Walker received his law degree from Stanford, a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor’s at Brigham Young University. At Stanford, he served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and editor-in-chief of the Stanford Law and Policy Review.
Chair Elect (by operation of the bylaws)
Jill E. Family
Jill Family is Commonwealth Professor of Law and Government and Director of the Law and Government Institute at Widener University Commonwealth Law School. She studies immigration law as a type of administrative law. Her scholarship encompasses study of the
U.S. immigration court system, immigration benefits adjudication, immigration agency policymaking, the role of the federal courts in immigration law, and comparative study of immigration procedures in other countries.
Professor Family has testified before the United States Senate on issues at the intersection of immigration law and administrative law. She has served as a member of the governing council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law. She was the chair of the Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools. Also, she has served as the chair of the Government Lawyers Section of the Dauphin County Bar Association in Pennsylvania.
Professor Family has presented her research extensively in the United States as well as in England, Scotland, and Spain. She has published 14 articles in US law reviews in addition to publications in British and Spanish law journals. Two of her articles were selected for reprinting in an anthology of immigration law scholarship.
She received the Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award, the National Administrative Law Judiciary Foundation selected Professor Family as its fellow, and she received the Light of Liberty award from the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. She was a visiting scholar at Queen Mary School of Law in London.
After receiving her J.D. with high honors from Rutgers University School of Law- Camden, Professor Family completed clerkships with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also practiced immigration law at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia. Her undergraduate degree in history is from the University of Pennsylvania.
Adam White is co-director of George Mason University’s Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously served on the Section’s Council and he co-chaired the Judicial Review Committee. He is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and he was appointed recently to the new Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. At both GMU and AEI he teaches, writes, and organizes conferences and roundtables on administration and regulation.
Previously he practiced constitutional and administrative law, with special focus on energy and financial regulation, with Baker Botts LLP and Boyden Gray & Associates PLLC. (As an associate at Baker Botts, he helped to curate, write, and produce the D.C. Circuit Historical Society’s standing exhibit on the history of the federal courts in Washington.) After graduating from the University of Iowa and the Harvard Law School he clerked for Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Daniel Cohen is the Assistant General Counsel for Regulation at the Department of Transportation. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) overseeing an office responsible for reviewing and coordinating the clearance of the Department’s rulemaking documents to ensure they are consistent with all legal requirements and Administration
policy governing the rulemaking process, including the Administrative Procedure Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and Executive Orders 12866. The office also formulates Department-wide regulatory policies and procedures; acts as liaison with the Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies concerning Departmental regulatory matters; and develops and implements regulatory initiatives and innovative rulemaking techniques.
Previously, Mr. Cohen was Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation and Energy Efficiency at the Department of Energy (DOE), where he was also a member of the SES, managing an office of 18 attorneys. His former office is counsel to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Additionally, the office provides legal counsel and rulemaking support to programs throughout DOE on administrative requirements for developing DOE rules, directives, and other generally applicable policies, and on legislative matters throughout the Department.
Prior to joining the Energy Department, Mr. Cohen was appointed the first-ever Chief Counsel for Regulation in the General Counsel’s Office at the Department of Commerce. In this capacity, he oversaw the Office’s Regulatory Division, which is responsible for legal review of all regulatory actions of the Department. The division is also responsible for developing and implementing the Department’s regulatory policy.
Mr. Cohen has authored several law review articles on Federal agency rulemaking, including Congressional Review of Agency Regulations.
Additionally, he has been invited to speak on rulemaking procedure to a variety of groups in the United Sates, as well as to lawyers and government officials in countries such as Moldova, Morocco, and China. He has served as Chair of the Rulemaking Committee, Budget Officer and as a Council Member of the American Bar Association’s
Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (Section). He is currently the Section’s Secretary. The Section has honored Mr. Cohen with the Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service. Mr. Cohen is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. Finally, Mr. Cohen has been an adjunct professor at the American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C, where he taught a course in Federal Regulatory Process.
James P. Gerkis
James P. Gerkis is a Partner resident in the New York office of Proskauer Rose LLP, an International law firm with 13 offices and over 700 lawyers. He is in the Corporate Department with extensive experience in sophisticated U.S. and global corporate transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, venture capital, media, real estate and restructuring transactions. He has represented a wide variety of financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and growth companies. James currently focuses on matters for clients in the technology, media and real estate industries.
Among other clients, James has represented iHeartMedia, Preferred Apartment Communities, Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, Oxford Analytica, Olshan Properties, the Creditors Committee in the chapter 11 cases of Westinghouse Electric Company, Lightstone Group, Neuberger Berman and Suburban Propane Partners.
James received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1983, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Teaching Fellow. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia College, where (having been admitted without finishing high school) he received a BA degree in Political Science in 1980.
James has been a member of the American Bar Association for his entire career. He has participated in the following Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice activities: Co-Chair (Securities, Commodities and Exchanges Committee); Vice-Chair (Homeland Security and National Defense Committee); Past Council Member; Past Liaison Member of the ABA Task Force on Financial Markets Regulatory Reform.
James has made presentations at numerous industry and bar association conferences and has authored many articles on different legal topics.
James is the President of the Columbia University Club of New York and is active in other Columbia University alumni affairs. In May 2018, James was presented with the Columbia University Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service.
James also is on the Board of Directors of HABA-Hellenic American Association for Professionals in Finance. In 2017, James received the Attorney of the Year Award from The Hellenic Lawyers Association.
Assistant Budget Officer
Ariadne is a dual-qualified lawyer in the jurisdictions of New York and England & Wales and currently works as an associate at the New York office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP. She has significant experience representing business owners in a vast array of employment disputes including wage and hour, discrimination/sexual harassment, family and medical leave, E.R.I.S.A., restrictive covenants, and whistleblower actions from the commencement of litigation up until trial and/or settlement.
Ariadne’s practice also encompasses general commercial litigation. Ariadne has successfully litigated various breach of contract claims, trademark disputes, claims for lack of accessibility under Title III of the ADA, and has recently obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of a landlord in a commercial property dispute following a bench trial.
Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ariadne was the lead employment attorney at a boutique NYC midtown firm. Prior work experience also includes having served as a research assistant in microeconomics at Harvard Law School and teaching Law School courses at the University of Edinburgh for which she received a teaching award.
Section Delegate (Term Ending 2024)
Anna Williams Shavers
Anna Williams Shavers is the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law at the University of Nebraska Law College. She has also served as Acting and Interim Dean as well as Faculty Associate Dean.
Professor Shavers received her B.S. degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and her M.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was elected to membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. She received her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota where she served as Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1979 and the Nebraska bar in 1989. She practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the Faegre and Benson Law Firm before entering academia.
Professor Shavers teaches International Gender Issues; Administrative Law; Immigration Law; Forced Migration (including Human Trafficking); and Gender, Race and Class. Shavers is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS)and has been elected to the American Law Institute. She has previously served as a Board Member of the Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Inc., Chair of the UNL International Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, a member of the Nebraska Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking, Chair of the American Bar Association Administrative Law Section and Chair of the AALS Section on Immigration Law.
She is a frequent national and international presenter on diversity, immigration, human trafficking and administrative law issues. She has received a number of awards, including the Nebraska State Bar Association’s 2020 Diversity Award, the 2020 UNL Chancellor’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, the 2017 UNL Law Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 2010 Lincoln, Nebraska YWCA Tribute to Women Award.
Council Member (Term Ending 2023)
Rosario Palmieri is Vice President at The Kellen Company. His government experience includes service as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Rosario previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Deputy Staff Director of the Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Reform and as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform & Oversight of the Committee on Small Business. Prior service includes time as the Vice President for Labor, Legal and Regulatory Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. A long time member of the ABA’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, Rosario served as the Executive Branch Liaison to this Section and was appointed to the Council to serve an unexpired term in May 2021.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., he received his B.A. in political science from American University and his J.D., summa cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law where he served as Articles Editor for the Administrative Law Review.
Bridget Dooling (Term Ending 2024)
Bridget C.E. Dooling is a research professor with the GW Regulatory Studies Center.
Previously, she was a deputy chief, senior policy analyst, and attorney for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She was OMB’s voting member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), and now serves as a Senior Fellow for ACUS. While at OIRA, Professor Dooling also taught a course on regulation at George Mason University’s law school.
Professor Dooling’s earlier professional experience includes a clerkship for an administrative law judge at the U.S. Department of Labor and positions in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a U.S. airline’s legal department, and the economics team at an aviation trade association.
Professor Dooling is on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She is a regular contributor to the Yale Journal on Regulation’s Notice & Comment blog. She also contributes to the Brookings Institute Series on Regulatory Process and Perspective and actively participates in the Food & Drug Law Institute, currently serving on the editorial board of the Food & Drug Law Journal. In law school, Professor Dooling was the Editor-in-Chief of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.
Professor Dooling is licensed to practice law in Virginia.
Council Member (Term Ending 2023)
Michael H. McGinley focuses his practice on high-stakes litigation, specifically appellate and complex commercial matters. Mr. McGinley has experience representing clients at every level of the federal judiciary, as well as in numerous federal agencies and state courts. He has litigated a wide range of issues, including federal jurisdiction, foreign sovereign immunity, Chevron deference, federalism, preemption, arbitration, labor law, tort law, antidumping and trade-remedy disputes, securities and corporate law, contract rights, voting rights, free speech, religious freedom and many other constitutional issues.
Mr. McGinley also regularly advises individual, corporate and government clients on strategic, criminal defense, and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. McGinley served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in the White House Counsel’s Office, where his primary responsibilities included the review of major legislative and regulatory actions and the confirmation of judicial nominees, including Justice Gorsuch. During his time in the White House, Mr. McGinley worked closely with the Department of Justice, the Office of Management and Budget, a number of federal agencies, and various congressional committees. He also previously served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States and to then-Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Mr. McGinley is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He was appointed by the President to the governing Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, which is an independent agency charged with convening experts from the public and private sectors to recommend improvements to administrative process and procedure. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Rulemaking Committee. And he was named as a 2020 “Best of The Bar” Honoree by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Council Member (Term Ending 2023)
Eloise Pasachoff is Professor of Law, Anne Fleming Research Professor, and Associate Dean for Careers at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she specializes in the administrative law of federal funding. An award-winning teacher and scholar, she is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Supreme Court Fellows program. She is a former law clerk to Justice Sotomayor (Supreme Court), Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann (Second Circuit), and Judge Jed S. Rakoff (Southern District of New York). She holds an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, an M.A. from Yale University, a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Council Member (Term Ending 2023)
Carrie Ricci serves as Associate General Counsel for Marketing, Regulatory, and Food Safety Programs, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she provides legal advice and litigation support to multiple Under Secretaries at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her preceding assignment was as Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Department of Defense Education Activity.
In 2010, Ms. Ricci retired from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps after 20 years of distinguished active military service. At the time of her retirement, Ms. Ricci served as Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Army, where she advised the Secretary of the Army and other senior Army leaders on legal and policy issues concerning all areas of military personnel management. Other key military assignments include: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; Chief, International Law, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM); Administrative Law Attorney, Office of the Judge Advocate General; Trial Counsel and Operational Law Attorney, 4th Infantry Division; and Platoon Leader in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.
Recently Ms. Ricci served on a detail assignment to the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee, a five member panel of Highly Qualified Experts appointed by the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff to conduct a review of the Fort Hood command climate and assess its impact on its soldiers and units, particularly as it related to preventing sexual assault/ harassment and crime affecting soldiers.
Ms. Ricci is a 1988 ROTC graduate of Georgetown University and later attended law school through the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program, graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1996. She earned a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and a second LL.M from George Washington University School of Law. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida.
Ms. Ricci has served as a Government member of the Administrative Conference of the United States since 2013. She previously served on the American Bar Association’s Legal Opportunities Scholarship Committee and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Ms. Ricci served for ten years as a Commissioner, Hispanic National Bar Association Latina Commission, including three years as co-chair. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, a national service sorority, and volunteers as a Girl Scout Troop Leader in Fairfax, Virginia, where she resides with her family.
The following officer and council members will continue to serve out their terms:
Section Delegate: Ronald M. Levin
Council (Term Ending 2022)
Reeve T. Bull
Darryl L. DePriest
Michael A. Fitzpatrick
Christina E. McDonald
Council (Term Ending 2023)