Paul R. Verkuil is a senior fellow at American Progress. He is also a well-known administrative law professor and scholar who has co-authored a leading treatise titled Administrative Law and Process (6th ed., Foundation Press, 2015); several other books, including Outsourcing Sovereignty (Cambridge Press, 2007); and more than 65 articles on the general topics of public law and regulation. The Cardozo Law Review published a festschrift written in his honor in October 2010. Verkuil also practiced law at several leading New York City law firms.
Verkuil served from 2010 to 2015 as chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States, or ACUS, an agency he reestablished after it was defunded in 1995. President Barack Obama noted, “ACUS is a public-private partnership designed to make the government work better.” During Verkuil’s tenure, ACUS issued 35 recommendations, two official statements, and numerous reports and projects for various agencies that improved their decision-making processes.
Verkuil is president emeritus of the College of William and Mary, has been dean of the Tulane University Law School and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He is a graduate of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law and holds a J.S.D. from the New York University School of Law. Among his career highlights is serving as special master in New Jersey v. New York, an original jurisdiction case in the U.S. Supreme Court, which determined the sovereignty of Ellis Island.