Administrative Law Practice Group
The Federalist Society's 2008 Tax Policy Conference titled "Our Nation's Founding Principles and Our Tax Code - Consistent or In Conflict?" was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on May 7, 2008. This panel featured Prof. Lily Batchelder of the NYU School of Law, Mr. Leonard E. Burman, Director of the Tax Policy Institute, Urban Institute, Mr. Stephen J. Entin of The Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, and Hon. Eileen J. O'Connor of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and former Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, as the moderator.
(Mis)Applications of Behavioral Economics to Regulation: The Importance of Public Choice Architecture Engage Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2012
Adam C. Smith March 22, 2012
Friedrich Hayek once said, “Unfortunately, the popular effect of this scientific advance has been a belief, seemingly shared by many scientists, that the range of our ignorance is steadily diminishing and that we can therefore aim at more comprehensive and deliberate control of all human activities. It is for this reason that those intoxicated by the advance of knowledge so often become the enemies of freedom.” This statement encapsulates a broad wariness of government intervention, even—and perhaps especially—intervention based upon scientific findings, into private enterprise. The problem, as Hayek points out, is that such control mechanisms, however scientifically informed, inevitably lead to unwanted consequences, often stifling the very creativity needed to foster the beneficial spontaneous order of the marketplace. [Read more!]
A Comprehensive Strategy Targeting Recidivist Criminals with Continuous Real-Time GPS Monitoring: Is Reverse Engineering Crime Control Possible? Engage Volume 12, Issue 3, November 2011
Peter M. Thomson November 28, 2011
This article examines whether it might be possible to craft a comprehensive strategy designed to dramatically reduce crime by using advances in GPS technology to effectively eliminate the recidivist criminal’s ability to relapse into prior criminal conduct. Such a long-term strategic approach would implicate a number of constitutional and legal issues. However, if the legal hurdles can be overcome, such an innovative crime-reduction strategy might well be successful, particularly if it could integrate a number of other time-tested crime reduction strategies that criminal justice advocates have successfully employed. These strategies would support long-term, active GPS monitoring, and would include: crime scene correlation, active supervision, and community-oriented behavioral modification techniques such as restorative justice, a powerful program requiring criminals to interact with their victims and immediate social communities. [Read now!]