Professors Appointed to Federal Administrative Review Agency

John Duffy, Michael Livermore To Help Recommend Improvements
John Duffy and Michael Livermore

John Duffy and Michael Livermore have been appointed public members to the Administrative Conference of the United States. Photos by Tom Cogill and Ian Bradshaw

December 12, 2018

Professors John Duffy and Michael Livermore of the University of Virginia School of Law have been appointed public members to the Administrative Conference of the United States.

The ACUS is an independent federal agency charged with convening experts to recommend improvements to administrative processes and procedures.

ACUS has adopted more than 250 statements and recommendations — directed to all branches of government but largely with federal agencies — to improve agency decision-making, promote regulatory oversight and save costs. ACUS’ 150 volunteers are drawn from more than 70 federal agencies, as well as academia and private legal practice. The organization currently has 34 public members.

Duffy is the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, and Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law. In the field of intellectual property, Duffy has been identified as one of the 25 most influential people in the nation by The American Lawyer and one of the 50 most influential people in the world by the U.K. publication Managing Intellectual Property. In the field of administrative law, Duffy is a past recipient the Annual Scholarship Award conferred by the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice for the best piece of scholarship in the year (granted for the article “Administrative Common Law in Judicial Review”).

Livermore is a professor of law whose research focuses on environmental law, regulation, bureaucratic oversight and the computational analysis of law. He is a leading expert on cost-benefit analysis and regulatory review, and he frequently collaborates on interdisciplinary projects with researchers in other academic fields, including economics, computer science and neurology. Prior to joining the faculty in 2013, Livermore was the founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

Professor Andrew Vollmer ’78, director of UVA Law’s John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program, is currently serving as an ACUS public member.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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