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Whether administrative law judges of the Securities and Exchange Commission are Officers of the United States within the meaning of the Appointments Clause.
The U.S. Chamber urges the Supreme Court to review whether the SEC's method of appointing administrative law judges (“ALJs”) violates the Constitution's Appointments Clause. The Tenth Circuit held that SEC ALJs are “inferior officers” who were not constitutionally appointed, while the D.C. Circuit held that SEC ALJs are employees not subject to the Appointments Clause.
The Chamber’s amicus brief argued that SEC ALJs qualify as “inferior officers” because they exercise significant authority pursuant to the laws of the United States.
Andrew J. Pincus and Karen W. Lin of Mayer Brown LLP served as co-counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.