At its annual meeting earlier this month, the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice voted in a new cohort of leaders. This year I had the privilege of chairing the Section’s Nominations Committee, with fellow committee members Bernard Bell and Connor Raso. Here’s the full list and bios of the new leaders. Welcome and thanks in advance for your service to the Section!
Chair (by operation of bylaws)
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 last year he was appointed to the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. He often testifies before Congress on administrative law and regulatory policy.
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.
Last Retiring Chair (by operation of bylaws)
Jill Family is Professor of Law and Faculty Advisor, Law and Government Institute, at Widener Law Commonwealth. Her scholarship leads the discussion of the intersections of immigration law and administrative law.
She brings her expertise into the classroom in courses on administrative law, immigration law, and civil procedure. Professor Family studies the relationships between the three branches of government in setting, implementing, and interpreting immigration law.
Her expertise played a prominent role in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts. She has published in British and Spanish law journals, in addition to many leading U.S. law reviews.
Professor Family lends her expertise to policy discussions about the future of administrative law and immigration law. She is Chair Elect of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and contributes to the Notice and Comment Blog of the Yale Journal on Regulation. She was the chair of the Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools and was the chair of the Government Lawyers Section of the Dauphin County Bar Association in Pennsylvania.
As the faculty advisor of the Law and Government Institute at Widener, Professor Family works with students, government officials, legislators, judges, attorneys, and the public to explore legislation, the intersection of law and policy, and the work of administrative agencies.
During the spring of 2020, Professor Family was a visiting professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. In 2012, she was a visiting scholar at Queen Mary School of Law in London. She received the 2011 and 2022 Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award, and the National Administrative Law Judiciary Foundation selected Professor Family as its 2010 Fellow.
She is also the recipient of the Light of Liberty Award from the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. Two of her articles have been selected for reprinting in an anthology of immigration law scholarship.
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.
Chair-Elect (by operation of bylaws)
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 is an adjunct professor at the American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C, where he teaches courses in Administrative Law and Federal Regulatory Process.
Amy J. Wildermuth (she/her) is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Before that, she was dean and a professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, and the associate vice president for faculty, the first- ever chief sustainability officer, and a professor of law at the University of Utah.
Amy teaches and writes on administrative law, environmental law, and U.S. Supreme Court practice, and her work has been published in a variety of outlets, including the Northwestern Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the University of Illinois Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review. For the past three years, Amy has been a council member of the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Amy clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court during the October Term 2002, Judge Guido Calabresi of the Second Circuit, and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit. She earned a
J.D. and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, and her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and an A.B. in History from Washington University in St. Louis.
A native of Chicago’s south suburbs, Amy spends her free time with her family and trying not to injure herself while snowboarding and mountain biking.
Ariadne Panagopoulou is a dual-qualified lawyer in the jurisdictions of New York and England & Wales (Solicitor) and a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois, specializing in Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment. She has significant experience representing business owners in a vast array of employment disputes including wage and hour class actions, 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 has also litigated cyber breach class actions in multi-district litigation, high profile defamation cases, as well as cases involving constitutional violations against governmental entities.
Prior work experience 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. Ariadne has co-authored a Chapter on Securities, Commodities and Exchanges which was published in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice in 2019.
Jennifer A. Smith
Jennifer Smith is the Assistant Chief Counsel for Economic Regulation and Banking at the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. Through the years, she has handled several issues including the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel process, the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, resource allocation, fair trade, housing (including RESPA reform), international trade, community development, and banking.
She is also responsible for tracking recent case developments relating to the Regulatory Flexibility Act and is the author of Squeezing Back: Making Federal Agencies Measure Their Economic Impact on Small Entities. Ms. Smith is the lead attorney at the Office of Advocacy for financial and economic regulation issues. She works closely with the agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Treasury and the Department of Commerce. She has spoken several times and taught continuing legal education courses on the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
Prior to joining Advocacy, Ms. Smith worked as a legislative fellow for Senator Levin; Professional Staff Member for the Joint Economic Committee, US Congress; attorney for Councilmember Nathanson, Council for the District of Columbia; civil practice attorney; Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender for Maryland; and judicial law clerk for William Carr, Circuit Court, Harford County, Maryland.
Ms. Smith is a member of the Administrative Law Section of the ABA. She has planned and moderated several programs on important administrative law issues. In the past, she served as the co- chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee and the Diversity Officer for the section.
She also served as a member of the Administrative Law Section’s Council. She is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
Section Delegate 2026
Ronald M. Levin, the William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, specializes in administrative law and related public law issues. He has testified before Congress on regulatory reform issues. He also has published numerous articles and book chapters on administrative law topics, including judicial review, rulemaking, and legislative reform of the regulatory process.
In addition, he is coauthor of a casebook and a student text in that field. Professor Levin has been active in the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice for more than four decades and served as its Chair in 2000-01. He has represented the Section in the ABA House of Delegates since 2014. He also is a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States and chaired its Judicial Review Committee from 2012 to 2017.
Daniel E. Walters is an Associate Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law. Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Law at Penn State Law, and before that a Regulation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law. He earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Walters primarily writes about administrative and regulatory law, with a particular focus on the implications of democratic theory for the administrative state, on public participation in administrative processes, on deference doctrines, on empirical studies of administrative behavior, and on the court- agency relationship. He also writes about climate change and energy law. His articles have appeared in many of the top journals in law and public administration, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Administrative Law Review, and the Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (JPART), among others.
He is a former winner of the Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Administrative & Regulatory Law (student category) and the Beryl A. Radin Award for best article in JPART. Since 2020, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Administrative & Regulatory Law News, the ABA Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice’s quarterly magazine.
Jennifer Mascott is an Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Executive Director of The C. Boyden Gray enter for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School. Professor Mascott writes in the areas of administrative and constitutional law and the separation of powers. Her scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court and has been published in the Stanford Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the BYU Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the Cato Supreme Court Review, and the online Loyola Journal of Regulatory Compliance.
In addition, the Supreme Court Review published by the University of Chicago Press and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy have accepted her current projects for publication. The well-known Legal Theory Blog has reviewed her work as “path breaking,” and she is a permanent commentator at the Yale Journal of Regulation’s Notice and Comment blog. Professor Mascott serves as a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and as a Vice Chair of the Constitutional Law and Separation of Powers Committee within the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Jeremy S. Graboyes
Jeremy S. Graboyes is the Research Director for the Administrative Conference of the United States. In that role, he oversees a team of attorneys who facilitate the work of the ACUS Assembly, support implementation of recommendations adopted by the ACUS Assembly, and manage a large portfolio of public forums, interagency roundtables, working groups, studies, and other initiatives. Mr. Graboyes has also written several reports for ACUS on the topic of administrative adjudication.
Mr. Graboyes also serves as a Vice Chair of the Adjudication Committee of the ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section and is the editor of the Section’s forthcoming Guide to Federal Agency Adjudication (3rd Edition).
Before joining ACUS, Mr. Graboyes worked as an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council, where he advised officials on matters related to adjudication, rulemaking, policy development, technology, and training. Mr. Graboyes earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law, where he was a member of the George Mason Law Review. He holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Virginia.
Elizabeth Slattery is a senior legal fellow and deputy director of Pacific Legal Foundation’s Center for the Separation of Powers. She’s an evangelist for the separation of powers, spreading the good news about the Constitution’s greatest protection for Americans’ individual liberty. She has written for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Cato Supreme Court Review, and The Federalist Society Review, among other publications, and her work on the need to end improper judicial deference to federal regulators was cited by Justice Neil Gorsuch. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, SCOTUSblog, National Review Online, and many other outlets. She has testified before Congress and is a frequent legal commentator in print, radio, and television. Elizabeth also co-hosts Dissed, a podcast about dissenting opinions at the Supreme Court.
Tyler Scandalios is a senior associate attorney at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, in the firm’s life sciences and healthcare regulatory practice group. At Arnold & Porter, Tyler counsels clients in the food, drug, cosmetic, medical device, and dietary supplement industries on compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) laws, regulations, and policies. Prior to joining private practice, Tyler served as a regulatory counsel for the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, where he helped develop and draft FDA regulations and guidance.
Prior to joining FDA, Tyler served as an attorney advisor to administrative appeals judges at the U.S. Social Security Administration. From 2015 to 2017, Tyler served as chair of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Committee of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division. Tyler has a BA in economics from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and a law degree from Washington University School of Law.