Government Agency Rule Making and Enforcement, Health Care Reform on Tap at ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 7, 2012 — Critical issues on rule making, including important recent cases on the process and the impact of the new health care legislation, will be the focus of the _’s eight annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute May 9-10 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, will discuss the Obama administration’s rule-making policies from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on May 10.

John Engler, former governor of Michigan, will present “Inside State Rulemaking — Lessons from External and Internal Perspectives” from 1 – 2 p.m. on May 10. He will discuss businesses’ concerns about the costs and economic uncertainties imposed by federal regulations and offer solutions to regulatory excess.

Other program highlights:

“The Rulemaking Process” – A panel of government lawyers and private practitioners will discuss procedural steps, legal requirements, and practical constraints that apply to issuing rules and challenging or defending them in court.
May 9, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

“Recent Developments in Rulemaking Law and Practice, Part One” – Experts will cover recent judicial and administrative developments concerning rule making, including the operation of regulatory review under E.O. 12866; activities under the Congressional Review Act; rule-making burdens imposed by the new health care legislation; and important recent cases on the rule-making process. Panelists also will explore the ongoing struggles among agencies and courts over distinguishing legislative rules, subject to notice and comment, from interpretive rules and guidance documents.
May 10, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Part two of this panel will be held from 10:30 – 11 a.m.

“Arguing and Deciding Administrative Law Cases in the D.C. Circuit” – D.C. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and other experts will review administrative law cases, procedures and outcomes, giving perspectives from both sides of the bench.
May 10, 2– 3:45 p.m.

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Rabiah Burks at .  This event is free and open to members of the press.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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