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Tracy Hester
Statutory Interpretation
and Regulation
LAW5397
Spring 2015

 



STATUTORY INTERPRETATION
AND REGULATION
LAW 3597

SPRING 2015
TUII 240
Monday-Wednesday 9:00-10:30 am

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

No. Date Topics Guest Speaker(s) Readings Comments and Reference Materials
1. Jan. 21, 2015 Introduction  

Our text will be Eskridge et al's Legislation and Regulation. Unless otherwise noted, all page references below are to Eskridge.

Whitfield v. United States

Lecture

 

2. Jan. 26, 2015 The Federal Legislative Process  

pp. 1-37

Reading bench email

Lecture

 
3. Jan. 28, 2015

The Texas Legislative Process

Guest Lecture by Donna Wardof, Harris County legislative coordinator

(invited)

PowerPoint

 

Lecture

The Art of Statutory Construction by R. Beal

Models of Statutory Interpretation Applied to Your Practice by the Honorable A. Hedges

Texas Legislative Process Flowchart

3. Jan. 28, 2015 Structure of Statutes  

pp.

Reading bench email

Lecture

Review Questions

4. Feb. 2, 2015 Statutory Interpretation by Courts -- Introduction  

pp.

Reading bench email

Holy Trinity statutory language

Lecture

Review Questions

The Incoherence of Antonin Scalia

5. Feb. 4, 2015 Text-Based Tools  

pp.

Reading bench email

Lecture

Review Question
6. Feb. 9, 2015 Textual Canons of Construction  

pp.

Reading bench email

Lecture

Review Question

7. Feb. 11, 2015 Linguistic Canons  

pp.

Texas Code Construction Act

Reading bench email

Lecture

Review Questions

Linguistic Canons PowerPoint

7. Feb. 16, 2015 Whole Act Canons and Whole Code Canons  

pp.

Lecture

Sample Problem

8. Feb. 18, 2015 Substantive Canons: Rule of Lenity and Rule of Constitutional Avoidance  

pp.

Reading bench email

Lecture

Review Questions
10. Feb. 23, 2015 Substantive Canons: Rule of Constitutional Avodance (cont'd) and Federalism Clear Statement Rule  

pp.

Reading bench email

Lecture

8 USC 1231(a)(6)

8 USC 1326

10. Feb. 25, 2015 Substantive Canons: Presumption Against Preemption of State Law and Statutory Tools on Preemption  

pp.

Reading bench email

Preemption provision from federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. sec. 7604(e) (skip the rest of section)

Lecture

Review Questions
11. March 2, 2015 Absurd Results Doctrine, Administrative Necessity and Incremental Implementation Doctrine  

Coalition for Responsible Regulation of Industry v. EPA, D.C. Cir. (2013)

Denial of request for en banc review and dissents, Coalition for Responsible Regulation of Industry v. EPA

Supreme Court Amicus brief of Kansas, et al.

There is no audio for this lecture because the file was corrupted.

Review Questions and Survey

Statutory Interpretation Central to Arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court Greenhouse Gas Case, 37 BNA Daily Env't Rpt A-11 - A-12 (Feb. 2, 2014)

Oral argument transcript

12. March 4, 2015 Intent and Purpose-Based Tools: Legislative History  

pp.

Lecture

Review Questions and Survey.
13. March 9, 2015 Tools for Considering Changed Circumstances  

pp.

Lecture

Reading bench memo

Review Questions and Survey.

26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3)

14. March 11, 2015

Guest Lecture by Justice Brett Busby (14th Cir. Ct. Apps., Tex) and a federal trial or appellate judge. They will discuss the way judges construe statutes and the substantive value of textual aproaches.

Class will take place in Krost Hall at 9:00 am. We have combined all three Statutory Interpretation Sections for this special session.

 

Please email any questions that you would like to pose to the judges in advance to me at tdheste2@central.uh.edu .

Lecture

 
15. March 16-18, 2015 SPRING BREAK      
16. March 23, 2015 Agencies in the Structure of Modern Federal Government  

pp.

Lecture

There is no reading panel for today's class opening our discussion of regulatory practice.

Mid-Course Survey

Responses of John Cruden to Senate Committee

17. March 25, 2015

Delegation to Agencies

 

Statutory Implementation by Agencies

 

pp.

Lecture

Review Questions

18. March 30, 2015

Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking

 

Tools for Statutory Implementation -- Chevron

 

pp.

 

Lecture

Review Questions

Sample FOIA Response

Request for Contested Case Hearing

Motion for Direct Referral to Contested Case Hearing

Sample Final Exam Questions

19. April 1, 2015

Modes of Agency Interpretation -- Economic Analysis and Cost-Benefit Analysis

 

pp.

Lecture

Murray Energy v. McCarthy (filed March 24, 2014 in N.D. W.Va. federal district court)

Review Questions

20. April 6, 2015

Modes of Agency Interpretation -- Scientific Analysis and Risk Assessment

 

pp

 

Lecture

Data Quality Act

Cultural Cognition of Risk excerpt

Privileged scientific investigation email

Review Questions

21. April 8, 2015

Modes of Agency Interpretation -- Political Analysis

Agency Adjudication and Use of Guidance

 

pp.

Lecture

Review Questions

22. April 13, 2015

Control of Agency Action -- Presidential Control

 

pp.

 

Lecture

Memorandum from Rahm Emanuel re Regulatory Review (Jan. 20, 2009)

Review Questions

23. April 15, 2015

Control of Agency Action -- Congressional Control

 

pp.

 

Lecture

REINS Act, H.R. 367

EPA Employment Impact Analysis Act

Why Regulatory Practice Matters.

Review Questions

24. April 20, 2015

Standing and Reviewability of Agency Actions

 

Judicial Control of Agency Action -- Agency Policymaking and Statutory Interpretation

 

pp.

Reading Bench Memo for Remainder of Semester

Lecture

Administrative Procedure Act sections 701, 702, 706

 

Review Questions

25. April 22, 2015 Judicial Control of Agency Action -- Agency Statutory Interpretation (cont'd)  

pp.

Article on Alt v. EPA (oral argument set for 4th Cir. in May 2014)

Lecture

Class Evaluation Link

Concurrences in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center

Review Questions

26. April 27, 2015 Availability of Judicial Review of Agency Action  

pp.

 

Lecture

 

Class Evaluation Link

Review Question.

Pending FDA proposed rule to regulate electronic cigarettes (Fall 2013 Unified Regulatory Agenda)

Credible Fear Lesson Plan Overview (Feb. 28, 2014) - see pp. 14-15.

Memorandum from John Lafferty, Chief of Asylum Division, re Release of Updated Asylum Training Course (Feb. 28, 2014)

27. April 29, 2015 Availability of Judicial Review of Agency Action (cont'd)  

pp.

 

Lecture

 

Final Exam Review Procedures

Proposed Regulation, Deeming Tobacco Products Subject to Regulation Under the Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act (Electronic Cigarettes), Food and Drug Administration, Fed. Reg. (April 24, 2014)

C. Sunstein, Chevron Step Zero, 92 Virginia Law Rev. -- (2006)

South Texas Project storage pond

28. TBA

Voluntary Review Session

Deadline to submit email questions:  May 6 at 10:00 pm. I will circulate a global answer to those emails on May 7 to the entire class (unless you ask me to keep your question confidential).

 

Review Session

Answers to Email Questions for Finals Review

Comprehensive Answer Set to All Review Survey Questions

     

 

 

   

 

 

Final exam will take place on May 8, and is scheduled from 9 am to noon on the master calendar.

 

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