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Christopher J. Walker Media Hits

The following is a list of selected media coverage for Christopher J. Walker. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.


Chris Walker: How a bill becomes a law? Federal agencies play a role, too

November 5, 2015

Professor Chris Walker was featured in a Federal News Radio segment on the role federal agencies play in law making. Walker recently wrote a report to the Administrative Conference of the United States on the subject.

John Roberts to America: I'm in Charge Here

June 27, 2015

Professor Chris Walker's blog post on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell, which upheld the government’s regulation interpreting the Affordable Care Act to allow for tax subsidies in healthcare exchanges established by the federal government, was mentioned in an article that appeared in the New Republic.

King v. Burwell—while a critical win for the Obama Administration—is a judicial power grab over the Executive in the modern administrative state," he wrote.

The real reason why the Supreme Court's Obamacare ruling is so important

June 27, 2015

Professor Chris Walker was quoted in an article in Business Insider Australia on the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell to uphold a key provision of the of the Affordable Care Act that allows the federal government to distribute subsidies to help low-income Americans buy health insurance.

“Because the Court has provided its own, definitive interpretation of the ambiguous statute — and held that it will not defer to the agency’s interpretation — a subsequent presidential administration (say, a Republican Administration) cannot reinterpret the statutory provision to prohibit tax subsidies in exchanges established by the Federal Government,” Walker said.

Cleveland's victory in Supreme Court reinforces home rule, but it's not a breakthrough for cities, expert says

February 4, 2014

Professor Chistopher Walker was quoted in an article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer about a recent ruling in the Ohio Supreme Court. Some believe the ruling is a breakthrough for home rule powers, but legal experts, including Walker, do not think the ruling will have much of an effect.

”Is it a win for the city?” he asked. ”You could imagine a different world where the court just said ‘Hey, once the state announces a law in any general area, the cities cannot have any role,’ “

U.S. Chamber Report Highlights Benefits of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Rulemaking Process

March 13, 2013

Professor Christopher Walker's report titled "The Importance of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Financial Regulation" was quoted in an article in The Financial. "Financial regulators, especially in the context of Dodd-Frank, can and should ground their rulemaking in robust cost-benefit analysis in order to arrive at more rational decision-making and efficient regulatory action as well as to promote good governance and democratic accountability,” wrote (Paul) Rose and Walker in the report. “The SEC’s experience with cost-benefit analysis, both in court and also in practice, provides an important lesson for other financial regulators."

The Supreme Court Is Going To End Affirmative Action As We Know It

October 9, 2012

Professor Christopher Walker was a source for a piece by business news site Business Insider addressing the likelihood that the Supreme Court of the United States would limit affirmative action through its ruling in a case challenging The University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy.

"At least four Supreme Court justices decided to review the Fifth Court decision that upheld UT's affirmative action policy. It's not too common for the high court to review a decision just to affirm it, former Supreme Court clerk Christopher Walker pointed out to Business Insider," the piece stated.

What's the Supreme Court Doing This Week? Proofreading, Mostly

June 26, 2012

Assistant Professor Christopher Walker was quoted in a National Journal article about the Supreme Court preparing for its decision on the health care law, which came to a ruling June 28.

"It would be really surprising if there would be changes at this point — we’re three days away," Walker said. "It’s not like they’re changing their minds about how they are going to vote."

'ObamaCare' and the Supreme Court: An inside look at what's next

March 29, 2012

Professor and former Supreme Court clerk Chris Walker was interviewed on On The Record w/ Greta VanSusteren about the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the federal health care law.

"So tomorrow, the Justices are going to conference. It's a private conference with just the Justices at which they'll cast a preliminary vote, a straw vote," Walker explained.

Decisions, Decisions: How Will Justices Make Them?

March 28, 2012

Professor and former Supreme Court clerk Chris Walker was interviewed on National Public Radio about the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the federal health care law.

"So they'll meet - I think Friday they have a conference shortly after arguments and they go around the table and say which way they would vote and why. Each justice will express his or her view on how the case should be decided," Walker said. "And then, from there, they'll, you know, decide based on who's in the majority. The most senior justice will assign that opinion to one of the other justices or to himself and the majority."