The Joys and Snares of Adversarial Legalism: Some Advice for Public Administrators

R. Shep Melnick, Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics, Boston College

Tue, 04/06/2010
By invitation only.
Graduate Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA (and Woodrow Wilson graduate) students to the next dinner in this year's series, Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers, where our guest will be R. Shep Melnick, Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics, Boston College.

Professor Melnick  is the author of two books, "Between the Lines: Interpreting Welfare Rights" (Brookings, 1994) and "Regulation and the Courts: The Case of the Clean Air Act"(Brookings, 1983), as well as many articles on the courts and public policy.  He is also co-editor (with Morton Keller) of "Taking Stock:  American Government in the Twentieth Century" (Cambridge, 1999). He is currently completing a book on the "The Supreme Court and the Civil Rights State."  Melnick received his BA and PhD from Harvard, and taught at Harvard and Brandeis before moving to Boston College. He has also been a Research Associate at Brookings, a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, President of the New England Political Science Association, an elected member of the NH House of Representatives, and a member of the New Hampshire Advisory Board of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at