The 75th Anniversary of the APA

Friday, June 11, 2021
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Decatur House (1610 H St NW, Washington DC 20006)
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The George Mason Law Review’s 3rd Annual Symposium on Administrative Law

The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State invites you to attend an event on the 75th anniversary of the Administrative Procedure Act, on Friday, June 11, at the Historic Decatur House in downtown D.C. This event will mark the release of the George Mason Law Review’s third annual Administrative Law Symposium Issue, with nearly a dozen major essays on the past, present, and future of administrative law.

On June 11, 1946, President Truman signed the Administrative Procedure Act into law. Its enactment was both an end and a beginning: culminating decades of academic and political debate on the rules that should govern the new American administrative state; and sparking new debates over how to understand the APA’s brief text in light of constitutional principles and new developments in administration.

The APA was intended to be “a bill of rights for the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose affairs are controlled or regulated in one way or another by agencies of the Federal Government,” according to its lead sponsor in the Senate. By 1978, then-Professor Antonin Scalia wrote, the Supreme Court had come to treat the APA “as a sort of superstatute, or subconstitution, in the field of administrative process.”

How should we understand the APA today? What did its founders design — and has the law, as applied by the courts, lived up to those goals? If we were to design an APA anew for today’s version of the administrative state, what would it be?

To discuss these and other issues, the Gray Center is proud to gather many of the George Mason Law Review symposium’s authors together for a conversation. We hope you will join us — to hear the discussions, to pick up a copy of the new symposium issue, and to enjoy a reception afterward.


The 75th Anniversary of the APA

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