Agencies and Administrative Law Judges: Use or Overuse?


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Administrative agencies are increasingly using Administrative Law Judges and Administrative Judges to adjudicate, in the first instance, questions that arise out of their activities. The Securities and Exchange Commission recently came under scrutiny and curtailed use of these judges after analyses showed that the agency had a dramatically higher winning percentage before its own judges than it did before judges who did not work for the agency. This Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy, which focused on the SEC and FTC, explored whether or not the use or overuse, as the case may be, of agency judges raises questions of independence and fairness to those who are affected by agency actions.

Our discussion featured:

J. W. Verret
Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Joshua D. Wright
Former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Director, Global Antitrust Inititative, Law & Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law
Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Moderator: Todd J. Zywicki
Executive Director, Law & Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law
George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
For More Information, Contact: Keith Fierro
Program Assistant, CCJCA
703.993.9964
CCJCA@gmu.edu