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Professors Dinh and Heinzerling Appointed to Administrative Conference of the United States

August 16, 2013 —

Professor Lisa Heinzerling Professor Lisa Heinzerling
Professor Viet Dinh Professor Viet Dinh

Georgetown Law Professors Viet Dinh and Lisa Heinzerling have been appointed public members of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). An independent federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process, the Conference provides nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations to improve federal agency procedures.

The Conference brings together more than 150 agency heads, general counsel, law firm partners, public interest advocates and legal academics. As two of 10 new appointees, Dinh and Heinzerling will donate their time and expertise to the agency’s mission.

In a statement issued by the Conference, Chairman Paul Verkuil called the new members “leaders in their fields.”

An expert in constitutional law, Dinh is co-director of Georgetown’s Law Asia program and is also the founding partner of Bancroft PLLC. He served as assistant attorney general for legal policy from 2001 to 2003. During his time at the Department of Justice, Dinh played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism including the USA Patriot Act. He successfully argued Nevada v. Hibbs (2003) before the Supreme Court.  

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Dinh clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Heinzerling is the John Carroll Research Professor of Law with expertise in environmental law, administrative law and torts. She served as associate administrator in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, she was selected as the first recipient of the New Directions in Environmental Law Award by the Yale Environmental Law Association and the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. She was lead author of the petitioners’ briefs in Massachusetts v. EPA (2007), in which the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA did have authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School, Heinzerling clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. 

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