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  Are the Recent Recess Appointments Constitutional? - MP3
Running Time: 01:03:47

Are the Recent Recess Appointments Constitutional? - PodcastRecently, President Obama recess-appointed three new members to the National Labor Relations Board, and a new chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by the Dodd-Frank bill. In making the appointments, the President bypassed the usual approval process for the nominations in the Senate, claiming authority to make recess appointments. Commentators and academics differ in their opinions about the constitutionality of the President's appointments during the Senate's pro forma sessions. After describing just what transpired, our expert panelists offered their views and took questions from the audience.


  • Hon. Charles J. Cooper, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
  • Prof. Michael B. Rappaport, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Prof. Peter M. Shane, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Prof. William R. Yeomans, American University Washington College of Law
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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