Policy Forum

Chevron: Accidental Landmark

March 20, 2019 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Featuring Adam White, Assistant Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, and Executive Director, The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State; David Doniger, NRDC Senior Strategic Director of the Climate & Clean Energy Program; and Will Yeatman, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.

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Justice John Paul Stevens’s majority opinion in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council (1984) has become among the most hotly debated topics in legal circles. The “Chevron Doctrine,” which says that courts should defer to the interpretations of executive agencies on ambiguous statutes, divides scholars across ideological lines. Chevron’s growth from a “puny little precedent” into a landmark decision makes for an intriguing discussion about administrative agencies, judicial deference, and unintended consequences. What actually happened in Chevron v. NRDC? How much should courts defer to agencies’ reasonable interpretations of statutes? Is Chevron the ultimate legal example of “be careful what you wish for”? Administrative law experts discuss these topics and more in Chevron: Accidental Landmark, a documentary short from FedSoc Films. Join us for a screening of the film and a panel discussion about the past, present, and future of the Chevron Doctrine.