78 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 975 (2010)
The conventional story of American administrative law dates its origin to a period 100 years after the Founding. In his classic history of American law, Lawrence Friedman tells us, "[i]n hindsight, the development of administrative law seems mostly a contribution of the 20th century .... The creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission, in 1887, has been taken to be a kind of genesis."' According to this conventional account, the federal government woke from its laissez- faire slumbers in the face of a crisis in the railroad industry. From that beginning, the modern administrative state was built in fits and starts over the next 100-plus years.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Mashaw, Jerry L., "The American Model of Federal Administrative Law: Remembering the First 100 Years" (2010). Faculty Scholarship Series. 3866.