ACUS to Co-Host Symposium on Federal Agency Adjudication

Contact: Harry M. Seidman
Phone: 202.480.2085

ACUS to Co-Host Symposium on Federal Agency Adjudication

Washington, D.C., July 30, 2020 – The Administrative Conference of the United States is partnering with George Mason University’s C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State and the Center for Progressive Reform to host a Symposium on Federal Agency Adjudication this August.

Through four virtual panels this August, leading scholars, practitioners, and agency officials will examine contemporary issues related to the personnel, management, procedures, and design of federal administrative adjudication.

The first panel, to be held Thursday, August 6 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET, will explore the constitutional issues surrounding the appointment and removal of agency adjudicators and how agencies have and could address those issues in selecting and removing adjudicators.

The second panel, to be held Tuesday, August 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET, will explore how agencies can use appellate review and enhanced case-management and quality assurance techniques to promote accurate, consistent, and efficient decisionmaking in high-volume adjudicative programs.

The third panel, to be held Friday, August 21 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET, will explore possible procedural reforms that the executive branch or Congress might adopt to improve agency adjudications.

The fourth panel, to be held Thursday, August 27 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET, will explore alternatives to federal agency adjudication, including independent administrative tribunals, Article I courts, and general or specialized Article III courts.

To register for the panels, for more information about the symposium, and to learn more about ACUS’s adjudication initiatives, please visit

About ACUS

The Administrative Conference of the United States is an independent federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research and providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for federal agency procedures. Its membership is composed of senior federal officials, academics, and other experts from the private sector. Except for the Chairman, all Conference Members are unpaid. 

The Conference is committed to promoting effective public participation and efficiency in the rulemaking process by leveraging interactive technologies and encouraging open communication with the public as well as making improvements to the regulatory process by reducing unnecessary litigation, and improving the use of science and the effectiveness of applicable laws. Learn more at

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