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Florida State University



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

Revisiting Congressional Delegation of Interpretive Primacy as Foundation for Chevron Deference, ___ Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017)

The Long Shadow of Judicial Review
, 32 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 579 (2017)

Investments to Make Threats Credible, Rent-Seeking, and Duress
(with Murat Mungan), 23 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 341 (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)