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Daniel E. Walters

Daniel Walters | Penn State Law

Assistant Professor of Law


J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Walters was a regulation fellow in the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He brings an empirical approach to the study of public law and regulatory policy, with work appearing in the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Administrative Law Review, among other top journals. Several of his works empirically test the effects of judge-made administrative law doctrine on agency behavior. Other empirical work focuses on an oft-overlooked domain of agencies' regulatory power--discretionary non-action--and sheds light on how this facet of administrative decisionmaking should and could be cabined or made more transparent. Professor Walters also is interested in environmental law, energy law, and food law, and has several scholarly and practical projects underway in these areas examining the impacts of environmental regulation and climate change litigation.

Professor Walters is a 2012 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review and served as the editor-in-chief for the inaugural volume of the Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law. He previously clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to holding the fellowship at Penn Law, Professor Walters earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Spring of 2019.

Law Reviews

Animal Agriculture Liability for Climatic Nuisance: A Path Forward for Climate Change Litigation?, 44 COLUM. J. ENVTL. L. 299 (2019)

Capturing  the  Regulatory  Agenda:  An  Empirical  Study  of  Agency  Responsiveness  to Rulemaking Petitions, 43 HARV. ENVTL. L. REV. 175 (2019)

The Self-Delegation False Alarm: Analyzing Auer Deference’s Effect on Agency Rules, 119 COLUM. L. REV. 85 (2019)

Planning for Excellence: Insights from an International Review of Regulators’ Strategic Plans, 35 PACE ENVTL. L. REV. 240 (2018) (with Adam M. Finkel & Angus Corbett)

The Judicial Role in Constraining Presidential Non-Enforcement Discretion: The Virtues of an APA Approach, 164 U. PA. L. REV. 1911 (2016)

Agenda-Setting in the Regulatory State: Theory and Evidence, 68 ADMIN. L. REV. 865 (2016) (with Cary Coglianese)

Upending a Global Debate: An Empirical Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Use of Transnational Law to Interpret Domestic Doctrine, 103 GEO. L.J. 1 (2014) (with Ryan Black, Ryan Owens, & Jennifer Brookhart)

Ideology, Qualifications, and Covert Senate Obstruction of Federal Court Nominations, 2014 U. ILL. L. REV. 347 (with Ryan Owens, Ryan Black, & Anthony Madonna)

Litigation-Fostered   Bureaucratic  Autonomy:  Administrative   Law  Against  Political Control, 28 J. L. & POL. 129 (2013)
--Winner  of  the  American  Constitution  Society’s  Richard  D.  Cudahy  Writing Competition on  Regulatory and Administrative Law (student category)

The Justiciability of Fair Balance under the Federal Advisory Committee Act: Toward a Deliberative Process Approach, 110 MICH. L. REV. 677 (2012)

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Scientific  Expertise  and  the  Balance  of  Political  Interests:  MEDCAC  and  Medicare Coverage Decisions, 22 J. PUB. ADMIN. RES. & THEORY 55 (2012)
--Winner  of  the  Beryl  Radin  Award  from  the  Public  Management  Research Association

Book Chapters

Public Engagement in Regulation: Assessing the Effectiveness of Common Tools, in THE REGULATOR’S HANDBOOK (Cary Coglianese ed., forthcoming 2019) (with Jennifer Nash)

Excellence  in  Transparency:  A  Field  Guide  for  Regulators,  in  THE  REGULATOR’S HANDBOOK (Cary Coglianese ed., forthcoming 2019) (with Jennifer Nash)