Administrative Law

Dean Perritt

Spring, 2003


This syllabus may be revised from time to time; before you begin preparing for a particular class, you should check this Web location for any revisions and any new materials

date unit  subject assignment 
22 Jan 1 State/local inspection - agency action?  Inspection problem; related materials on Web for first day 
27 Jan 2 Background, description  1-56 (emphasize 1-36); APA §551(1) [casebook p.1237] 
29 Jan Threats to national security Padilla v. Bush; Global Relief v. O'Neill (district court); Global Relief (appeal)
3 Feb  

Role of statutes, delegation, vagueness 



10 Feb   continued 75-85 and Clinton v. City of New York
12 Feb 4 Legislative veto  85-107
17 Feb 5 Delegation of adjudicatory authority  107-120
19 Feb 6 Statutory precision, irrebutable presumptions; Delaney clause  120-147
24 Feb 7 "Muscle": techniques of legislative and executive control  147-168 (skim); 
26 Feb 8 Executive supervision; appointment power  169-205
3 Mar 9 Congr power to limit executive control  205-242
5 Mar Techniques of executive control  239-254,263-285; basic hypo
10 Mar 12 Intro, Friendly list, Goldberg, M. v. Eldridge  286-326; basic hypo
12 Mar 13 Interests protected - Roth, Perry, Loudermill  326-355
24 Mar 14 Fed stat. hearing rights  355-369; comparison of procedural due process, APA requirements and Fed.R.Civ.P.--chart;  
26 Mar 15 Roadmap of record, sep of functions  373-394; APA §§554-557; CDA language for class dicsussion - revised
31 Mar 19 Controlling adjudication through rulemaking; obligation to follow rules  419-436; basic hypo; fuel consumption chart (for class); note on procedural rules; note on age 60 rule
2 April 20 Rulemaking - intro, authority to make  439-452; basic hypo
7 April 21 Informal RM procedure  APA § 553; 465-488
  Complete by last day of class

1. find a notice of proposed rulemaking 
in the Federal Register or on an agency 
Web page 
2. write and submit a comment to the agency 
3. send a copy to HHP 
4. you *may* work with *one* other person; if you 
do, submit to HHP a statement saying what work 
each person did. 
you can look at sample comments filed with the FCC 
to get an idea as to format

Illinois Commerce Commission Information

9 April 22 Negotiated rulemaking; sources of info and analysis; hearings;   514-540 (Vt Yankee and other cases); basic hypo
14 April   Politics & rationality - ex parte contact 540-567; Federal Advisory Committee Act (for use in class)
16 April 25 Making policy without rules; through adjudication Chenery  567-604; basic hypo
Judicial Review 
21 April Intro; Overton Park; 
interp. of law
744-774; basic hypo; 49 U.S.C. sec. 46101
23 April 30 Facts & substantial evidence; science, policy, Benzene case 783-820; basic hypo; statute for hypo
28 April 31 Availability of review 832-50; basic hypo; Patriot Act - Judicial Review; Patriot Act- Rewards
30 April 32 Timing of judicial review 901-909; 911-931; 933-939
5 May   Obtaining review in tort and contract actions

1025-1046; 1064-1069; 1078-1087

basic hypo

6 May
33 Review lecture
  1. Unless you are told otherwise, each class session will cover the next "unit." The first class will cover Unit 1.
  2. page numbers without preceding letter = pages in Mashaw, Merrill, & Shane 4th ed
  3. Other references point to supplementary materials on the Web page for the course, reachable through
  4. * = handout, to be available on the Web page before class
  5. You must consult the Website before class
  6. You must attend class, be prepared and participate
  7. If you do not attend, or if you do not participate you may be excluded from the class
  8. You are encouraged to participate in the electronic study group for this course
  9. There will be one final examination of three hours covering all the material in the course, which will determine your grade, except that:
  10. At least one grade point depends on the quality of your class participation.
  11. The final examination will be open book. You may use any materials, whether commercially prepared or not. You should realize, however, that sharply focused answers and analysis are worth much more than random repetition of scraps of information and propositions.