The Regulatory Practitioner

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The Regulatory Review is proud to feature the remarks of John F. Cooney, keynote speaker at the first annual regulation dinner at Penn Law.

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Earlier this year, the Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) hosted its first regulation dinner at the University of Pennsylvania Law School to mark the transition of The Regulatory Review’s editorial board.  Professor Cary Coglianese, faculty advisor to The Regulatory Review and PPR Director, introduced John F. Cooney as the inaugural keynote speaker for this annual occasion.

John F. Cooney, partner at Venable LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, has specialized for more than three decades in the practice of regulatory law across a variety of areas, from financial services and securities regulation to natural resources and environmental law. In addition to a distinguished career in private practice, he has extensive high-level experience in government, having served as Assistant to the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice and as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the White House. He also served as legal counsel for the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the White House office which reviews all major federal regulatory proposals for the President.

“John was a fitting choice to offer the inaugural regulation keynote at Penn Law,” said Professor Coglianese.  “His experience in both government and private practice, and across a variety of regulatory domains, gives him a distinctive vantage point from which to draw invaluable insight about regulatory policymaking.”

The Regulatory Review is grateful to Mr. Cooney for taking time to share both his wisdom and his wit with students and faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, and for allowing us to reproduce his remarks, The Regulatory Practitioner, in this series.

 Understanding the Regulatory Process

“I want to describe for you what it is like to be a regulatory practitioner. I understand that some of you are not law students or lawyers, so I will describe the regulatory process broadly both for those who are lawyers and those who are humans…”

 Working with Regulatory Agencies

“For a practitioner, the most creative part of the regulatory process is in discussions with the agency that has been delegated authority to implement a statute. The discretion and flexibility, the ability to solve problems and accommodate…”

 What is it Like to be a Regulatory Practitioner?

“On a personal level, I believe that the best reason to become a regulatory practitioner is that it teaches you about how the world really works…”


Click here for the full text of The Regulatory Practitioner, the 2012 Regulation Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania Law School delivered by John F. Cooney, Esq.