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Florida State University


Environmental Law Faculty

Our faculty includes nationally-recognized experts in the fields of environmental, energy and land use law. Several prolific scholars provide the core of our environmental law program, which U.S. News & World Report(2016) ranked 17th best in the nation.

Mark B. Seidenfeld

Mark B. Seidenfeld

Patricia A. Dore Professor of Administrative Law

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 305 
Phone: 850.644.3059
Fax: 850.644.0576


J.D., Stanford University, 1983
M.A., Brandeis University, 1979
B.A., Reed College, 1975

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Author of influential publications on how administrative law doctrine relates to institutional behavior and agency accountability, Professor Seidenfeld is recognized as one of the country's leading scholars on federal administrative law. He is also author of Microeconomic Predicates to Law and Economics (Anderson Pub. Co., 1996).

He teaches courses in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Law and Economics and Regulated Industries. Professor Seidenfeld clerked for the Honorable Patricia Wald of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and served as assistant counsel for the New York State Public Service Commission. He serves as chair of the Judicial Review Committee and vice-chair of the Rulemaking Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice. He holds a B.A. in physics from Reed College and an M.A. in theoretical physics from Brandeis University, and is a 1983 graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was a senior articles editor for Stanford Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.

Select Recent Publications

Ex-Ante Investments to Make Threats Credible (with Murat Mungan), __ Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2016)

Standing in the Wake of Statutes (with Allie Akre), 57 Ariz. L. Rev. 745 (2015)

Tax Credits on Federal Exchanges: Lessons from the Legislative Process Failure Theory of Statutory Interpretation, Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes (Feb. 24, 2015)

Duress as Rent Seeking (with Murat Mungan), 99 Minn. L. Rev. 1423 (2015)

A Process Failure Theory of Statutory Interpretation, 56 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 467 (2014)

A Positive Defense of Administrative Preemption (with Joshua Hawkes), 22 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 63 (2014)

Foreword to the Annual Review of Administrative Law: The Role of Politics in a Deliberative Administrative State, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1397 (2013)