Administrative Law - Pathfinder
August 2011 - by Suzanne Elliott and Lori Hagen
This pathfinder will be useful in finding information about administrative law, which oversees the activities of the government and is considered a branch of public law. Federal administrative law comes from agencies of the executive branch, as well as independent regulatory agencies. As a body of law, administrative law deals with the administrative units of government that makes decisions and covers a wide variety of materials ranging from in-house correspondence to lengthy opinions by administrative law judges.
The administrative rulemaking process from beginning until end is documented in the Federal Register, whose two main components are the Federal Register, the official publication of rules, proposed rules, Executive Orders and Presidential Documents, and the Code of Federal Regulations, the codification of the rules and regulations published in the Federal Register. In Pennsylvania, the two sources are the Pennsylvania Bulletin (weekly) and the Pennsylvania Code (updated monthly). The older federal website at http://www.gpoaccess.gov is being replaced by http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/.
- Federal Register online - National Archives or FDsys
- Code of Federal Regulations online (annual ed.)
- eCFR (not an official legal ed.)
- List of CFR Sections Affected online
- Pennsylvania Bulletin online
- Pennsylvania Code online
- American Jurisprudence 2d. Volume 15A. (also available via Westlaw to authorized users)
- Corpus Juris Secundum. Volumes 73-73A. (also available via Westlaw to authorized users)
- Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia 2d. Volume 1. (also available via Westlaw to authorized users)
- Standard Pennsylvania Practice 2d. Volumes 36-38A. (also available via Westlaw to authorized users)
- Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d. Volumes 16-18A. (also available via Westlaw to authorized users)
Books (Sample PBI CLE publications)
- ABCs of Liquor Law. Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006.
- Administrative Due Process. Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009.
- Gaming Law Update. Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010.
- Administrative Law. Stein, Mitchell, and Mezines. LexisNexis, 2007. (Also available via Lexis to authorized users)
- Administrative Law. Third Series (1989). Bethesda, Md.: Pike & Fischer, 2011.
- Administrative Law and Practice. Charles H. Koch, Jr. St. Paul: West, 2010. (Also available via Westlaw to authorized users)
- Administrative Law and Procedure. 5th ed. Pierce, Shapiro, & Verkuil. N.Y.: Foundation Press, 2009.
- Administrative Law Treatise. Richard J. Pierce. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010.
- A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking. Jeffrey F. Lubbers. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2006.
- "The Nature & Functions of Administrative Agencies," in Administrative law : cases and materials. Ronald Cass. New York: Aspen Publishing, 2006.
- Principles of Administrative Law. Keith Werhan. St. Paul, Minn. Thomson/West. 2008.
- Specialized Legal Research. Leah F. Chanin. Boston: Little Brown, 1987.
- Administrative & Regulatory Law News. Chicago: Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, 1960- (also available via HeinOnline to authorized users)
- Administrative Law Review. Chicago: Section of Administrative Law, ABA, 1960- (also available via HeinOnline to authorized users)
- Widener Law Journal. Harrisburg: Widener University School of Law, 1992- . Contains an Annual Survey of Pennsylvania Administrative Law. (also available via HeinOnline to authorized users)
Pages and Web Portals
- A research guide to the Federal register and the Code of federal regulations a research guide to the Federal register and the Code of federal regulations http://www.llsdc.org/fed-reg-cfr/
- A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies - http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml
- e-CFR - The e-CFR is an editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments produced by the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Printing Office.
- Federal Agency Directory (LSU Libraries) - This web site from Louisiana State University provides links to all regulatory agencies listed in the U.S. Government Manual.
- Pennsylvania. Attorney General. Opinions
- Regulations.gov - an online source for government regulations from nearly 300 federal agencies.
- RegInfo.gov - an online source for the breakdown of upcoming actions by various agencies.
- Regulation Tracker - a government online source that allows both the searching and updating of federal regulations from 2005 to the present.