ACUS Announces New Senior Fellow Appointments


Contact:  Megan Kindelan

ACUS Announces New Senior Fellow Appointments
Senior Fellows Now Include Three Supreme Court Justices

Washington, D.C., August 8, 2012 – The Administrative Conference of the United States today announced the appointment of five Senior Fellows, including Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

In addition to Justice Kagan, Supreme Court Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Antonin Scalia, a former Chairman of the Administrative Conference, are also Senior Fellows.

“All of the Senior Fellows announced today have demonstrated expertise in the field of administrative law and regulation,” said Paul R. Verkuil, Conference Chairman.  “By joining Justices Breyer and Scalia, Justice Kagan deepens the connection ACUS shares with members of the United States Supreme Court.”

These experts will work with the Conference membership to improve the administrative process and make government work better.  Some recommendations recently adopted by the Conference include improving the immigration removal adjudication process, addressing midnight rulemaking, and enhancing coordination between government agencies.  Executive Order 13609, recently issued by President Obama, was based in part on a recommendation adopted by the Conference last year to enhance regulatory cooperation between United States agencies and foreign authorities.

Senior Fellows, who are appointed by the Chairman with approval by the Conference’s Presidentially-appointed Council, serve for two-year terms and may be reappointed.

The following distinguished individuals have agreed to serve as Senior Fellows to further the mission of the Conference:

Jodie Z. Bernstein
Of Counsel, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Public Member (2010-2012 and 1994-1995), Council Member (1978-1981), Government Member (1977)

The Honorable Elena Kagan
Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
Public Member (1994-1995)

The Honorable Robert A. Katzmann
Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Public Member (1994-1995)

The Honorable Stanley Sporkin
Former Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Special Counsel (1986-1994), Liaison Representative (1982-1985)

The Honorable Stephen F. Williams
Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Liaison Representative (1990-1995)

About ACUS

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