Notice & Comment

Virtual ACUS Symposium on Federal Agency Adjudication

The Administrative Conference of the United States, George Mason University’s C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, and the Center for Progressive Reform are pleased to announce a four-part, virtual Symposium on Federal Agency Adjudication this August.

On Thursday, August 6 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET, Professor William Funk (Lewis & Clark Law School) will moderate a panel discussion on the Appointment and Removal of Federal Agency Adjudicators. Administrative Law Judge Margaret Miller and Professors Linda Jellum (Mercer University School of Law), Richard Pierce (GW Law), and Michael Rappaport (University of San Diego School of Law) will explore the constitutional issues surrounding the appointment and removal of agency adjudicators and how agencies have addressed and could address those issues in selecting and removing adjudicators.

Panels later in August are:

  • Managing Federal Agency Adjudication (August 11, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET): This panel will explore how agencies can use appellate review and enhanced case-management and quality assurance techniques to promote accurate, consistent, and efficient decisionmaking in high-volume adjudicative programs.
  • Procedures of Federal Agency Adjudication (August 21, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET): This panel will explore possible procedural reforms that the executive branch or Congress might adopt to improve agency adjudications.
  • Alternatives to Traditional Agency Adjudication (August 27, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET): This panel will explore alternatives to federal agency adjudication, including independent administrative tribunals, Article I courts, and general or specialized Article III courts.

Additional information about the symposium series, including registration instructions and a complete list of participants, is available at

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