Wednesday, October 7, 11:00 AM (Mountain Time)


Cary Coglianese, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.P, A.B.



Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the founding director of the Penn Program on Regulation and has previously served as the law school’s Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. He specializes in the study of administrative law and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative processes and strategies and the role of public participation, technology, and business-government relations in policy-making. At Penn, he teaches courses in administrative law, environmental law, regulatory law and policy, and policy analysis. The chair of the law school’s Government Service and Public Affairs Initiative, he is a faculty affiliate of the Fels Institute of Government, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and the Wharton Risk Center. In addition, he serves as the faculty director for Penn Law’s executive education program on regulatory analysis and decision-making and teaches regularly in the Wharton School’s executive education program. The author of more than 150 articles, book chapters, and essays on administrative law and regulatory policy, Coglianese’s most recent books include: Achieving Regulatory Excellence; Does Regulation Kill Jobs?; Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation; Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy; and Regulation and Regulatory Processes. 
Prior to joining Penn Law, Coglianese spent a dozen years on the faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he founded and chaired the Regulatory Policy Program within the School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. He also has taught as a visiting law professor at Stanford University and Vanderbilt University. He founded the Law & Society Association’s international collaborative research network on regulatory governance, served as a founding editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Regulation & Governance, and created and now advises the daily production of The Regulatory Review, a global online publication covering issues of administrative and regulatory law and policy. He currently serves as the chair of the regulatory policy committee of the American Bar Association’s administrative law section, and previously served as co-chair of its committees on rulemaking and on e-government. He is a member of a National Academy of Sciences committee investigating ways to improve federal inspection of offshore oil and gas development, and previously served on its committee on performance-based regulation. He is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), a federal agency that develops recommendations for improving the administrative aspects of government. Coglianese currently serves as the Chair of ACUS’s Rulemaking Committee, and, in the past, he has also served as a consultant to ACUS on projects related to governmental transparency. In other consulting work, he has advised the Alberta Energy Regulator (Canada) on regulatory excellence, Environment Canada on agency-wide evaluation, the U.S. Department of Transportation on performance-based regulation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a voluntary environmental protection program, and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on various projects related to regulation, including authoring a major report on the evaluation of regulatory processes. 


Thursday, October 8, 11:00 AM (Mountain Time)


Melanie de Leon


Melanie de Leon spent her first 13 years in the workforce as an US Air Force officer. She then completed a law degree and began working for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases.  In January 2008, she was appointed to be the Executive Director of the Washington State Executive Ethics Board.  Since August 2014, Melanie has been the Executive Director for the Washington State Medical Commission that licenses, regulates and disciplines approximately 34,000 allopathic physicians and physician assistants who treat patients in Washington. In 2019, her commission won the Administrator’s in Medicine “Best of Boards” award.   She is currently a Staff Fellow on the Federation of State Medical Boards Board of Directors.