Levin Center Announces Winner
of its 2020 Excellence in Oversight Research Award
December 7, 2020
A core value of the Levin Center at Wayne Law is to promote constructive research into oversight by legislative bodies. The Levin Center Award for Excellence in Oversight Research is designed to encourage, acknowledge, and heighten the visibility of scholarly papers examining important oversight issues at the national, state, tribal, local or international levels. First established in 2019, this year marks the successful inauguration of this scholarly competition which carries a cash prize of $1,000.
The Levin Center at Wayne Law is delighted to announce that the winning paper for 2020 is Weaponizing the Office of Legal Counsel by Professor Emily Berman. This law review article examines the role of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in oversight matters, details how OLC opinions have been used to favor the Executive Branch over Congress in inter-branch oversight disputes, and reviews possible reforms to cure imbalances created by the citation of OLC opinions in court. Scheduled for publication in the Boston College Law Review in 2021, the winning paper was chosen by a committee of oversight scholars who reviewed seven excellent candidates for the award.
The Levin Center warmly congratulates Professor Berman on winning this year's award and we look forward to her future oversight scholarship.