Administrative Law

Certain governmental bodies are charged with administering and implementing particular legislation. Examples are worker’s compensation commissions, tax commissioner, public service commissions, Federal Trade Commission, and so forth. These bodies are called agencies, commissions (i.e., Securities and Exchange Commission), corporations (i.e., Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), boards (i.e., Federal Reserve Board of Governors), departments (i.e., Department of Education), or divisions. These bodies have authority to carry out the terms of the law, and to create regulations for the conduct of business before them. This is distinguished from legislative authority–that is, the authority to make laws. Attorneys who work for these bodies are involved in compliance with regulations, rules, orders, and decisions to carry out the regulatory powers and duties of such agencies. Additionally, lawyers from many practice areas encounter administrative issues in their practice, even if they are not working for an administrative agency. Any business that is in an industry that is “regulated,” such as health care, environmental science, manufacturing, aviation, or securities is subject to administrative authority. Therefore, attorneys in many practice areas are charged with ensuring that their clients’ business practices adhere to the standards set forth by administrative agencies empowered to interpret and regulate business activity within a given industry.

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