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The Science of Administrative Change

- Barry Sullivan &

Christine Kexel Chabot

​“Donald Trump repeatedly vowed to reduce regulation during the 2016 presidential campaign. Indeed, one of his key advisors promised to “deconstruct” the administrative state. Since taking office, President Trump has attempted to make good on his promises, spurring federal agencies to brush aside countless regulations that previous administrations had promulgated based on scientific, technological, or economic evidence. Those efforts, which some have dubbed a “war on science,” implicate a long-contested question in administrative law: to what extent should a change in presidential administrations excuse agencies from any obligation to justify changes in policy with expert, reasoned analysis of relevant data? Perhaps surprisingly, the Trump Administration’s efforts align with views that have dominated administrative law scholarship in recent decades. By the time President Trump took office, many leading administrative law scholars had already championed enhanced presidential control over agency decisions, dismissed expert analysis as an anachronistic relic of the New Deal, and suggested that the considered judgments of previous administrations should be amenable to quick and easy change.”

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Feminist Perspectives on Bostock v. Clayton County

- Ann C. McGinley, Nicole Buonocore Porter, Danielle Weatherby, Ryan H. Nelson, Pamela Wilkins, and Catherine Jean Archibald

This jointly-authored essay is a conversation about the Supreme Court’s recent and groundbreaking decision in Bostock v. Clayton County that held that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is discrimination based on sex, and therefore prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While many scholars are writing about this case, we are doing something unique. We are analyzing this decision from feminist perspectives.

 
 
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Jake Charles, executive director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law and Lars Noah, University of Florida Law Professor, discuss Noah's article Time to Bite the Bullet?: How an Emboldened FDA Could Take Aim at the Firearms Industry, forthcoming in the Connecticut Law Review's Volume 53.

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