Hon. Ronald A. Cass

Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law and President, Cass & Associates, PC

Ronald A. Cass is Dean Emeritus of Boston University School of Law, where he was Dean from 1990-2004, former Vice-Chairman and Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission, Chairman of the Center for the Rule of Law (an independent, non-profit center), and President of Cass & Associates, PC (a legal consultancy). Dean Cass also sits as an arbitrator or mediator for commercial, international, and intellectual property rights disputes, and is a former United States member of the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. In addition, he is a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He has received six presidential appointments, spanning Presidents Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.

As a professor, lecturer, and scholar, Dean Cass has been teaching and writing about a wide array of issues on topics such as antitrust, intellectual property, administrative law and regulation, international trade, separation of powers, and legal process. He has held full-time appointments at the University of Virginia and Boston University and has been a visiting professor and lecturer at leading institutions around the world. Dean Cass has published more than 140 scholarly books, chapters, and articles, including The Rule of Law in America (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press), Laws of Creation: Property Rights in the World of Ideas (with Keith N. Hylton, Harvard Univ. Press), and Administrative Law (with Colin Diver, Jack Beermann and Jody Freeman, Wolters-Kluwer).  Dean Cass has taught judges, lawyers, and business executives as well as students of law, economics, business, government, and public policy. He also has been a commentator on radio and television shows (including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, and others) as well as for print media such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Boston Globe.

In addition to his academic work, Dean Cass has participated in numerous important legal cases as an amicus, consultant, or expert, and has advised businesses, law firms, investment funds, and government agencies (including the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Trade Representative’s office, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, International Trade Commission, Administrative Conference of the United States, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) on a range of trade, antitrust, intellectual property, and regulatory issues. He has a broad range of affiliations with professional groups, including having served as Chairman of the Federalist Society’s Administrative Law and Regulation Practice Group and its International and National Security Law Practice Group, and has received numerous honors, fellowships and awards.

  • J.D. (with honors), University of Chicago Law School, 1973
  • B.A. (high distinction), University of Virginia, 1970

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Publications and Multimedia
The State of Antitrust Enforcement - Event Audio/Video
Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group
June 16, 2017
Judicial Deference and Congressional Action - Event Audio/Video
Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 07, 2017
Who Wins at Administrative Hopscotch? - Event Audio/Video
Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 20, 2016
Power Failures: Prosecution, Power, and Problems
Engage Volume 16, Issue 3
December 17, 2015
International Trade: New Initiatives
Engage Volume 16, Issue 2
September 11, 2015
Amtrak and the Resurgence of the Non-Delegation Doctrine? - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
December 05, 2014
Defining Regulatory Crimes - Event Audio/Video
Criminal Law and the Administrative State: Defining and Enforcing Regulatory Crimes
June 11, 2014
Antitrust and High-tech: Regulatory Risks for Innovation and Competition
Engage Volume 14, Issue 1 February 2013
June 28, 2013
Is Government a Friend or Foe of Innovation? - Event Audio/Video
First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 13, 2013
Laws of Creation: An Examination of Intellectual Property Rights - Event Audio/Video
Intellectual Property Practice Group
January 31, 2013
Internet Search, Antitrust and Speech - Event Audio/Video
The Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group, the Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group, and the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter
January 09, 2013
The Administrative State After the Health Care Cases - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation? - Event Audio/Video
Corporations, Securities, and Antitrust Practice Group
March 14, 2012
The Google Review: Regulation of Search Results and More - Event Audio/Video
Intellectual Property Practice Group
September 19, 2011
The President's Authority in Libya - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
April 07, 2011
The Future of Regulatory Review - Event Audio/Video
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group
March 21, 2011
Regulatory Authority in the EPA - Event Audio/Video
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group
June 15, 2010
Reprivatizing Credit Risk: Where Do We Go From Here? - Event Audio/Video
The Financial Services Bailout
March 19, 2009
The 25th Anniversary of Chevron - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2008
Dictating Norms: Who Decides What's Right for the World? - Event Audio
The Inauguration of Global Governance Watch
April 14, 2008
Is America Different from Other Major Western Democracies? - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyer Convention
November 16, 2007
Are American Businesses a Threat to American Sovereignty? - Event Audio/Video
International & National Security Law and Corporations Practice Groups
April 11, 2007
Agency Preemption: Speak Softly, But Carry A Big Stick? - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2006
Michael Chertoff Address - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2006
The ABA and the Presidential Signing Statement Controversy
Engage Volume 7, Issue 2, October 2006
October 01, 2006
Domestic Regulation and International Trade: Where's the Race?
International & National Security Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
February 01, 2000