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Archive for January 16th, 2013

Looking for a Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking?

Lubbers The potential procedural pitfalls have multiplied.  Today’s lawyers need clear guidance more than ever.

Practitioners  have long relied upon  Jeffrey S. Lubbers’ A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking, from the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division.  This book offers vital information on  how to practice law in a federal agency.   This Fifth edition continues this title’s tradition  and brings the Guide up to date.   It adds recent cases and changes introduced during the second term of the George W. Bush Administration, and the first three years of the Barack Obama Administration.

It retains the basic organization of the previous four editions, by containing four parts:

  • Part I is an overview of federal agency rulemaking and describes the major institutional “players” and historical development of rulemaking.
  • Part II describes the statutory structure of rulemaking, including the relevant sections of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and other statutes that have an impact on present-day rulemaking.
  • Part III contains a step-by-step description of the informal rulemaking process, from the preliminary considerations to the final rule.
  • Part IV discusses judicial review of rulemaking. Appendices include some key rulemaking documents.

This edition also deals the rise of “e-rulemaking” and addresses its  ramifications in to federal rulemaking. These is also extensive discussion of numerous new and significant lower court decisions.  The author remains  Jeffrey Lubbers, a Professor of Practice in Administrative Law at American University Washington College of Law.  He is an expert in administrative law; government structure and procedures; and regulatory policy and procedures.

Student Writing Competition: Women and the Law

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) sponsors an annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition that offers a cash prize of $500 and the opportunity to have your article published in Women’s Lawyer Journal. Entrants should submit articles on the topic of women’s rights or the status of women and the law. Last year’s winning article was entitled “All Things Being Equal, Women Lose: Investigating the Law of Diversity         Among the Recent Appointments to the Iowa Supreme Court.” The writing contest is open to any student enrolled in law school, and papers written for coursework  or independent study can be submitted. The submission deadline is May 1, 2013. See the NAWL website for complete details.