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Regulation in the Obama Era

American University President to Discuss Significance of Regulation  and the Governance of America

WHO:  Neil Kerwin, President of American University and Director of the Center for the Study of Rulemaking

WHAT:  Regulation in the Obama Era: Rulemaking and the Governance of America

WHEN:  Thursday, January 14, 10–11:50 a.m.

WHERE:  Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 20016

DETAILS:  Media interested in attending the lecture, please RSVP to
Maralee Csellar, AU Communications, 202-885-5952 or

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 13, 2010)—American University President Neil Kerwin will discuss regulation in the Obama era at a lecture at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 14 in the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center.

Regulatory processes are the most important sources of law in the United States and business decisions should not be made without the consideration of regulatory constraints and opportunities.

According to Kerwin, in the current administration, budget constraints and public demand for action in several areas combined with presidential promises regarding healthcare, financial services, and global warming has created increased pressure on rulemaking and the implementation and regulatory enforcement systems.

At this lecture, Kerwin will discuss the persistent criticisms of regulation, the economic impact of regulation, procedural limitations on rulemaking and the history of regulation and rulemaking from Clinton to Bush to the current Obama administration.

A nationally recognized specialist and published author in public policy and the regulatory process, Kerwin is actively engaged in research and regularly teaches courses in administrative process, policy implementation, and American government. He founded AU’s Center for the Study of Rulemaking.  

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.