L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Wilder School Lunch and Learn "What's a "Major Question?: Changes in U.S. Supreme Court Administrative Law Rulings and Their Impact on the Federal Bureaucracy"

In recent U.S. Supreme Court terms, the Court has used the major questions doctrine to invalidate executive branch policy initiatives. In this month's Lunch and Learn, Dr. John Aughenbaugh from VCU's Political Science Department will discuss what the major questions doctrine is and how the doctrine might impact federal government executive branch policy initiatives in the future.

Aughenbaugh is a frequent lecturer on the organizational dynamics of courts and their effect on public administration.  He has written about the federal courts’ impact on the work of bureaucrats, public administration service learning, as well as state research and development tax credit programs. This timely discussion will be moderated by RaJade M. Berry-James, Ph.D.

Event details: Wed. Oct. 19 at noon via Zoom

The event will be recorded and shared through email and the Wilder School YouTube channel.

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About the speaker:

Dr. Aughenbaugh is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at VCU. Aughenbaugh has taught at VCU since the fall of 2005 and before that, he taught political science courses and was an administrator at Virginia Tech University. Aughenbaugh earned his doctoral degree in Public Administration and Policy and master's degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech.

Aughenbaugh teaches a wide array of American political science courses at VCU, including: Constitutional Law, Courts and Politics, Public Administration and Policy, Administrative Law, Introduction to U.S. Government, and Politics in Film. He has been nominated for and won a number of teaching awards and is frequently asked to comment and has presented lectures on various topics in American political science – especially administrative and constitutional law and the courts. Aughenbaugh also records a podcast with VCU Librarian Nia Rodgers entitled Civil Discourse regarding government documents and related political phenomena.

About the moderator:

RaJade M. Berry-James, Ph.D., is senior associate dean of faculty and academic affairs in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dr. Berry-James is an elected fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and Vice Chair of the Standing  Panel on Social Equity in Governance. She has spent more than 30 years in higher education, having served as Chair of the Faculty, MPA Coordinator, Ph.D. Coordinator, and Director of  Graduate Programs for small, large and research-intensive graduate programs. She is also a consultant, specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as assessment and accreditation in higher education.