Judicial fortitude: The last chance to rein in the administrative state

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The administrative agencies of the federal government — often called the administrative state — are gradually taking over Congress’ legislative role, adding thousands of rules and regulations each year, many of which go beyond the authority granted by Congress. In “Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State” (Encounter Books, 2018), Peter J. Wallison explores whether rules that are binding on the American people will be made in the future by Congress or by unelected officials in these federal agencies. Mr. Wallison argues that — since the 1930s — the judiciary has failed to discharge its constitutional responsibility to preserve the separation of powers. This has allowed the explosive growth of the agencies of executive branch and a corresponding decline in the role of Congress.

During this event, Mr. Wallison will be interviewed by Adam White on the book’s important points, followed by a discussion and book-signing reception where copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


Agenda

4:45 PM
Registration

5:00 PM
Introduction:
Alex J. Pollock, R Street Institute

5:05 PM
Discussion
Peter J. Wallison, AEI
Adam White, C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State

5:45 PM
Q&A

6:00 PM
Reception


Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Isabelle Staff at [email protected], 202.862.5885.


Media Contact Information

For media inquiries or to register a camera crew, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829


Speaker Biographies

Alex J. Pollock is a distinguished senior fellow at the R Street Institute. He was previously a resident fellow at AEI. Before joining AEI, he was president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago from 1991 to 2004. Mr. Pollock focuses on financial policy issues, including financial cycles, government-sponsored enterprises, housing finance, banking, central banking, uncertainty and risk, retirement finance, corporate governance, and political responses to financial crises. He is the author of “Boom and Bust: Financial Cycles and Human Prosperity” (AEI Press, 2010), as well as numerous articles and congressional testimonies. Mr. Pollock is a director of CME Group, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, and the Great Books Foundation, where he was chairman of the board from 2006 to 2014. He is a former president of the International Union for Housing Finance.

Peter J. Wallison is a senior fellow and the Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies at AEI. Before joining AEI in 1999, he practiced law as a partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in the firm’s Washington and New York offices. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1966. From 1974 to 1976, he was counsel to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. He was general counsel of the Treasury Department from 1981 to 1985 and White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan from 1986 to 1987. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including “Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again” (Encounter Books, 2015) and “Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency” (Basic Books, 2002).

Adam White is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. And he is executive director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he also teaches administrative law. He is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. Mr. White serves on the leadership councils for the administrative law sections of both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He is also on the board of directors of two nonprofits: LandCAN and Speech First. He previously practiced law at Boyden Gray & Associates PLLC and Baker Botts LLP, litigating regulatory and constitutional issues. After graduating from the University of Iowa and Harvard Law School, he clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

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