Richard J. Pierce, Jr.

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. is the Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School.

Is a Ceiling on Regulatory Costs Reasonable?

Setting a regulatory budget at a cost of zero ignores evidence of regulation’s high return on investment.

A Proposal to Help Congress Enact Civil Service Reforms

Congress and the White House should bring scholars together to craft a bipartisan solution to civil service challenges.

Has the Supreme Court Endorsed the Use of Junk Science in the Administrative State?

A recent Supreme Court decision could allow courts to rely on dubious science.

Sometimes the Trump Administration Strengthens the Rule of Law

The Trump Administration’s recent proposal on Title IX would bolster due process rights of students.

Pipeline Opposition Impedes Climate Change Mitigation

More pipelines and electricity transmission lines would bolster the fight against climate change.

Putting Trump’s “Affordable Clean Energy” Plan in Perspective

Recent proposed rule can be better understood by considering the fate of the Clean Power Plan in the Supreme Court.

Regulatory Reform Under Reagan and Trump

Reagan-era regulatory reform will help restrict rule rescissions under Executive Order 13,771.

The Travel Ban in Court

The Supreme Court should follow the Fourth Circuit in prohibiting impermissible animus while maintaining the President’s discretion.

The Easy Path to Firing Mueller

The Solicitor General would readily comply with an order from President Trump to oust special counsel Mueller.

Finding a Path Back to Democratic Governance

Eliminating the primary and caucus rules would create a more productive and responsive democracy.

Republicans Discover the Mythical Basis for Regulatory Reform

Deregulatory difficulties will reveal that rulemaking and judicial review are stringent enough without reform.

Valuing Bureaucracy Is a Quixotic Project

Verkuil’s proposal for replacing contractors with professional bureaucrats is unlikely to be adopted.