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Respecting Deference: Conceptualizing Skidmore Within the Architecture of Chevron

dc.contributor.authorRossi, Jim, 1965-
dc.identifier.citation42 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1105 (2001)en_US
dc.descriptionarticle published in law reviewen_US
dc.description.abstractThis Article addresses critically the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Christensen v. Harris County, 120 S.Ct. 1655 (2000), for standards of judicial review of agency interpretations of law. Christensen is a notable case in the administrative law area because it purports to clarify application of the deference doctrine first articulated in Skidmore v. Swift & Co., 323 U.S. 134 (1944). By reviving this doctrine, the case narrows application of the predominant approach to deference articulated in Chevron, U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984), thus reducing the level of deference in many appeals involving administrative agency interpretations of law. This Article addresses the deference debate in this context, criticizing Christensen, especially Justice Thomas' majority opinion. The Article argues that the majority did not properly apply Skidmore, and that the Court's decision invites ad hocery by lower courts in their review of agency legal interpretations. It concludes that conceptualizing Skidmore within the architecture of Chevron's step two ? not as an alternative to the application of Chevron ? will best promote goals of accountability, uniformity, and flexibility.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (45 pages)en_US
dc.publisherWilliam and Mary Law Reviewen_US
dc.subjectChristensen v. Harris Countyen_US
dc.subjectSkidmore v. Swift & Coen_US
dc.subject.lcshAdministrative law -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshJudicial review of administrative acts -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshChevron Corporation -- Trials, litigation, etc.en_US
dc.subject.lcshNatural Resources Defense Council -- Trials, litigation, etc.en_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States. Supreme Court -- Decision makingen_US
dc.titleRespecting Deference: Conceptualizing Skidmore Within the Architecture of Chevronen_US

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