The Exponential Growth of the Federal Bureaucracy

Dean James Huffman

The near exponential growth of the federal bureaucracy since the New Deal reflects the failure of Congress to maintain its coequal authority within the constitutional separation of powers and an excessive judicial deference to agency interpretations of Congressional grants of executive authority. The result has been deterioration in Congressional power accompanied by a growth in political factionalism and an erosion of the liberties of American citizens. If Congress can muster the political will, it has clear authority to restore the constitutional separation of powers.

Join us as James Huffman, Dean Emeritus and Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School addresses this vital issue of Congressional oversight of the federal bureaucracy and separation of powers. Professor Huffman joined the Lewis and Clark Law School faculty in 1973, was appointed Acting Dean in 1993 and Dean in 1994, and returned to full time teaching in 2006. He has been a visiting professor at Auckland University in New Zealand, the University of Oregon, the University of Athens in Greece and Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. He was also a fellow at the Humane Studies Institute and a Distinguished Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation. Jim serves on the boards of the National Crime Victims Law Institute, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, the Classroom Law Project, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is a member and former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Environment and Property Rights Practice Group of the Federalist Society. He is the author of more than 100 articles and chapters on a wide array of legal topics, writing extensively on land use, property rights, environmental and constitutional issues.

Prof. Huffman earned a B.S. from Montana State University, a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: Oliver Café at Equinox Sports Club, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, Tel. (949) 251-6363. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation.

Cost: $30/members, $35/nonmembers, $20/students, for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit (the Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE).

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