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Sunday, December 14, 2008

In a One-Horse Open Sleigh (Hey!): Podcasts for Administrative Lawyers

Mindful that many of the readers of these pages will be going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, I have listed a few items that might be worth downloading for your holiday travels.

n A panel discussion reflecting upon the 25th anniversary of the landmark case Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. The discussion, held at the National Convention of the Federalist Society, and featuring University of Minnesota Law School Associate Professor of Law, Kristin E. Hickman, is accessible here.

n The American Constitution’s Society’s briefing on the U.S. Supreme Court case of Pleasant Grove City, Utah v. Summum. (By way of background, Pleasant Grove City owns and displays a number of monuments in a municipal park. Respondent Summum sued in federal court contending that because the city had accepted monuments donated by local civic groups, the First Amendment obliged the city to accept and display Summum's “Seven Aphorisms” monument as well. The district court denied Summum’s request for a preliminary injunction, but a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Tenth Circuit reversed this decision, holding that the city must immediately erect and display Summum’s monument.) The panel discussion, which occurred one week prior to the November 12 argument at the High Court, is accessible here.

n The Indiana Department of Education has recently posted a set of downloadable real player recordings from its October 15, 2008 conference on Response to Intervention. RTI, a concept that is familiar to special education lawyers, is a set of assessment and intervention processes that identify, monitor and address student academic difficulties. Videos from the wide-ranging set of conference presentations that occurred on that day are accessible here.

n On Wednesday of this week, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a panel discussion entitled Regulation and Oversight: Advice for the New Administration. Audio and video from this panel discussion is accessible here.