Better, fairer government

April 16, 2014 11:00 AM

Linda P. Campbell

Can using video technology in courtroom proceedings improve efficiency at high-volume federal agencies, such as those dealing with veterans and immigration cases? What meticulously gathered evidence can help tighten ethics rules for government contractors? How will operations be affected by requiring that governing boards adhere more closely to open-meetings requirements of the Government in Sunshine Act? 

Paul Verkuil

Paul Verkuil, who was dean of Tulane Law School dean 1978–85, will return to the uptown campus to speak on April 24. (Photo from the Administrative Conference of the U.S.)

Those are just a few issues being tackled by the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent, nonpartisan agency chaired by former Tulane Law School dean Paul Verkuil.  

On April 24, Verkuil will discuss the work of the conference, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. The next day, he will be among seven exemplary Tulanians honored by the Law School as the second class of Hall of Fame inductees.

Verkuil’s lecture is scheduled for noon at the Marian Mayer Berkett Multipurpose Room on the uptown campus. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by email.  

President Barack Obama nominated Verkuil in 2009 to lead the ACUS. The agency was authorized by legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson 1964, but Congress ended funding in 2005. Operations restarted after the Senate approved Verkuil in March of 2010.

The Administrative Conference is a public-private partnership whose members study how agencies actually function, then devise recommendations to improve government operations.

In an anniversary video, Verkuil describes ACUS as “an agency that worries about other agencies.” 

“ACUS facilitates an exchange of views that enhances the quality of administrative management,” Verkuil says.

An authority on administrative law, Verkuil testifies often before Congress. He helped raise Tulane Law School’s national profile and powerfully energized its research mission during his tenure as dean from 1978–85. He also has been president of the College of William & Mary (his alma mater), CEO of the American Automobile Association and dean of Cardozo School of Law.

Linda P. Campbell is director of communications for the Tulane Law School.

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