Show Notes: The President’s Power To Hire and Fire

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S4 E10: The President’s Power To Hire and Fire

George Mason University law professor Jennifer Mascott discusses past and present legal challenges to the president’s power to appoint and remove executive officers.

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Show Notes: The President’s Power To Hire and Fire

Jennifer Mascott

Jennifer Mascott is an assistant professor of law and co-executive director of The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School. Mascott writes in the areas of administrative and constitutional law and the separation of powers. Her scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court and has been published in the Stanford Law Review, the George Washington Law Review and many others.

Mascott serves as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and as a vice chair of the Constitutional Law and Separation of Powers Committee within the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She has testified in the U.S. Senate on topics ranging from executive privilege to Supreme Court jurisdiction, and she is a frequent media commentator.

In 2019, Mascott took a leave of absence to serve as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel within the U.S. Department of Justice. In May 2020, she was appointed associate deputy attorney general and starting in November 2020, served in a double appointment as both ADAG and a deputy in OLC through January 2021. During government service, Mascott assisted with aspects of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process and argued cases in federal appellate and trial courts. 

Prior to her time in the DOJ, Mascott served as faculty director of the Antonin Scalia Law School’s Supreme Court and Administrative Law clinics. Mascott is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, formerly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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