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Major Treatises by Topic

This guide lists major legal treatises, handbooks, hornbooks and guides by topic. It also lists important current awareness and reporting services for each topic.

Administrative Law Overview

The United States Congress has the authority to delegate lawmaking powers to executive branch agencies. The Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 324,  80 STAT. 237 (1946), and its amending acts are the guiding legislation for our system of administrative law.  It provides a structure for the current practice of administrative law. Congress empowers executive agencies to promulgate rules and regulations. It grants adjudicative powers to selected agencies. Administrative Law focuses on the parameters set by Congress and the governing relationships with agencies. They must act within the scope of their powers as delegated by Congress. When agencies exceed their authority, they can be sued in federal court. They may also be sued when they seek to avoid their statutory obligations. 

Multi-Volume Treatises

Ebooks and Online Resources accessible to Case Law Users Only.

The Late Charles H. Koch, Jr. and Richard Murphy,  Administrative Law and Practice (3d ed., 2010-date).  Online: Westlaw.  (5 volumes). 

Kristin E. Hickman & Richard J. Pierce, Jr., Administrative Law Treatise (6th ed., 2019-date). Print: Law Reserve KF5402.D32 2018. (3 volumes). 

Jacob A. Stein & Glenn A. Mitchell, Administrative Law (1977-date). Online: Lexis. (6 volumes).  

Single-Volume Treatises/Hornbooks

Ebooks and Online Resources accessible to Case Law Users Only.

Alfred C. Aman & William T. Mayton, Administrative Law (3d ed., 2014). Print: Law Reserve KF5402.A8 2014.

William F. Fox, Jr., Understanding Administrative Law (6th ed., 2012). Ebook: LexisNexis Digital Library.  

Robert M. Levin & Jeffrey S. Lubbers, Administrative Law and Process in a Nutshell (6th ed., 2017). Ebook: West Academic Study Aids.  

Richard J. Pierce, Jr., et al., Administrative Law and Process (6th ed., 2014). Print: Law Library Stacks KF5402.P53 2014.

ABA Administrative Law News. Online: ABA Law