Fellow: American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member: American Bar Association (vice chair committee on government operations and separation of powers 1991-1994, public member administration conference 1992-1995, administrative law section), American Association Law Schools (chairman legislation section 1999—2000), American Political Science Association (Charles E. Merriam award 2001), American Judicature Society (board directors 1992-1998), Phi Beta Kappa.
Law clerk to judge United States Court Appeals (1st circuit), Concord, New Hampshire, 1980-1981. Research associate Brookings Institution, Washington, 1981-1985, fellow, 1985-1999, acting director government studies, 1998. Adjunct professor law, public policy Georgetown University, 1984-1992, William J. Walsh professor government, professor law, 1992-1999.
President Governance Institute, Washington, 1986-1999. Judge United States Court Appeals (2nd circuit), since 1999. Adjunct professor law New York University, New York City, since 2001.
Visiting professor political science University of California at Los Angeles, Washington program, 1990-1992. Visiting chair, Wayne Morse professor law and politics University Oregon, 1992. Consultant Federal Courts Study Committee, 1990.
Adjunct professor law New York University, since 2001.
- School Prayer
- What did the founding fathers intend by these words from the First Amendment, and how should this amendment be applied to the free exercise of religion today? In School Prayer, Robert Alley examines the history behind the writing of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, the courts' interpretations of these clauses over two centuries, and the debates in Congress over their application, especially as regards prayer in the public schools.
- Courts and Congress
- What role should the Senate play in the selection and confirmation of judges? What criteria should be used to evaluate nominees? What kinds of questions and answers are appropriate in confirmation hearings? What problems do judges face as they interpret laws enacted by Congress? And what kinds of communications are proper between judges and legislators? Drawing on the world of scholarship and from personal experience, Robert A.
- Campaigns, Congress, and Courts: The Making of Federal Campaign Finance Law
- Campaigns, Congress, and Courts presents a political history of the passage, judicial interpretation, and administration of federal campaign finance law from 1907 to the present.
- Regulatory Bureaucracy: The Federal Trade Commission and Antitrust Policy
- The debate over whether the FTC does too much or too little raises the fundamental question of how its caseload is determined—a question which is explored at length in this book.