Advocacy Attorneys Attend ABA Regulatory Institute

On April 3-4, 2013, the attorneys from the Office of Advocacy attended the American Bar Association’s 9th Annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute: Critical Issues in Regulation. The institute deals primarily with administrative law, which covers the things that agencies do to implement laws or make regulations. The institute provides attorneys with an opportunity to learn about the relevant issues of the day and network with their peers. Advocacy’s participation in this conference keeps staff attorneys aware of the latest regulatory law developments that may have ramifications for small businesses.

The first day consisted of an update on the rulemaking process and judicial review of rules. The second day covered some of the hot topics in administrative law, such as extending the authority of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to review independent agencies, recess appointments, public-private governance, and technology in rulemaking. It was an extremely informative two days for anyone interested in learning about administrative law from the leading experts in the field.

—Jennifer Smith, Assistant Chief Counsel