Lisa Schultz Bressman

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law

Lisa Bressman is an innovative scholar in administrative law and statutory interpretation. Her most recent work, with Abbe Gluck of Yale Law School, includes an article in two parts discussing the results of the largest empirical study to date of congressional drafting and the implications for statutory interpretation and administrative law. Her prior work attempts to better account for the legal fiction of congressional delegation in statutory interpretation and to reimagine congressional delegation as a genuine feature of judicial deference doctrine. Other work, with former colleague Robert Thompson, challenges the binary distinction between executive-branch and independent agencies, focusing on financial agencies. In addition, Dean Bressman  has used insights from positive political theory to elaborate the relationship between administrative procedures and congressional delegation. In several seminal pieces, she has explored the relationship between accountability and arbitrariness in agency action as well as an empirical study done with colleague Michael Vandenbergh on the agency experience with presidential control. She has co-authored, with Vanderbilt colleagues Edward Rubin and Kevin Stack, The Regulatory State, a course book designed to teach statutes and regulations to students, particularly in the first year of law school. Dean Bressman was named associate dean for academic affairs in 2010 and was co-director of Vanderbilt’s Regulatory Program from 2006–10. She joined the Vanderbilt law faculty in 1998 after working in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and U.S. Second Circuit Judge José A. Cabranes when he was Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut. She was a Roscoe Pound Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in fall 2008. Dean Bressman teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law I, Government and Religion, and Regulatory State.

Research Interests

Administrative law, constitutional theory, statutory interpretation


Representative Publications

  • “Statutory Interpretation from the Inside—An Empirical Study of Congressional Drafting, Delegation, and the Canons: Part I,” 65 Stanford Law Review 901 (2013); “Part II,” 66 Stanford Law Review 725 (2014)
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  • "Reclaiming the Legal Fiction of Congressional Delegation," 97 Virginia Law Review 2009 (2011)
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  • "Regulation in the Behavioral Era," 95 Minnesota Law Review 715 (2011) (with Michael Vandenbergh & Amanda Carrico) 
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  • "The Future of Agency Independence," 63 Vanderbilt Law Review 599 (2010) (with Robert Thompson)
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  • "Chevron's Mistake," 58 Duke Law Journal 549 (2009) 
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  • "Procedures as Politics in Administrative Law," 107 Columbia Law Review 1749 (2007) 
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  • "Deference and Democracy," 75 George Washington Law Review 761 (2007) (inaugural administrative law issue)
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  • "Inside the Administrative State: A Critical Look at the Practice of Presidential Control," 105 Michigan Law Review 1 (2006) (with Michael Vandenbergh) 
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  • "How Mead Has Muddled Judicial Review of Agency Action," 58 Vanderbilt Law Review 1443 (2005) 
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  • "Beyond Accountability: Arbitrariness and Legitimacy in the Administrative State," 78 New York University Law Review 461 (2003) 
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J.D. University of Chicago
B.A. Wellesley College

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