Administrative Inquisitions? [2021 National Lawyers Convention]

The 2021 National Lawyers Convention took place November 11-13, 2021 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The topic of the conference was "Public and Private Power: Preserving Freedom or Preventing Harm?". This panel covered "Administrative Inquisitions? How Agencies Initiate, Conduct, and Conclude Investigations."

In addition to formal rulemaking and case-by-case adjudication and enforcement, federal agencies have long employed a myriad of mechanisms to influence and punish private behavior. This panel explored the under-researched civil investigative and related activities of federal agencies and engage on their underlying legal authority to so act.


- Mr. Tyler S. Clarkson, Associate General Counsel, Synthetic Biology Company

- Prof. Aram Gavoor, George Washington University Law School

- Prof. Richard J. Pierce, George Washington University Law School

- Ms. Susan C. Rodriguez, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

- Moderator: Judge James C. Ho, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
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