Annual Regulation Dinner with John Cooney
February 28, 2012 - Annual Regulation Dinner with John F. Cooney - John F. Cooney, partner at Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., gave the inaugural address to the first annual regulation dinner for Penn Program on Regulation. Cooney's talk introduced the concept of regulation in a manner accessible to both lawyers and laypeople. Cooney framed regulation in three ways: an overview for understanding, how regulatory agencies work singly alone and with other groups, and the practical experiences of the regulatory practitioner. He used examples from his own legal career to showcase this, including his work in environmental regulation in the Pacific Northwest. Cooney finished his address by talking about the rewards of government service through participating in the regulatory process. Cooney's impressive credentials involved previously being Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice, Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and counsel for OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.