The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), the newly-revived independent federal agency providing authoritative, nonpartisan legal advice and expertise on administrative law and federal regulatory procedures, today announced its intent to appoint Professor Cynthia Farina to its panel of public members.
"These forty distinguished citizens, who together have hundreds of years of high-level experience in the government and private enterprise, have agreed to contribute their expertise and energies toward this project in collaborative governance," said Paul R. Verkuil, Chairman. "In a world where the news cycle runs at 100 mph and bloggers, pundits, and politicians shout past each other, we are creating a forum where a politically balanced group of experts from the public and private sectors will team up to make government work better for everyone."
Farina and the other appointees will join fifty senior federal officials and notable administrative law experts (as senior fellows) to form the Administrative Conference, an in-house federal laboratory designed to optimize the performance of federal agencies. The Conference's mission is to improve how federal agencies interact with citizens and business in regulatory and adjudicatory functions.
Cynthia Farina is a Professor of Law and a principal researcher in the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI). Her scholarship and teaching focuses on administrative law and electronic government, the presidency and the legislature, and due process and separation of powers. Co-author with Peter Strauss (Columbia) and Todd Rakoff (Harvard) of the leading casebook in administrative law, she is also a Fellow of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association.
A nationally known scholar of the administrative process, Professor Farina has served as reporter on a number of national administrative law projects. Most recently, she completed the report of a blue-ribbon cross-disciplinary committee who studied the emerging federal e-rulemaking system, to make recommendations to Congress and the new Administration.
Following her graduation summa cum laude from Boston University School of Law, Professor Farina clerked for the Hon. Raymond J. Pettine, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island, and for the Hon. Spottswood Robinson, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She spent three years as a litigator in private practice before she joined the Cornell Law School Faculty.