McRoberts Research Professor in Administration of the Law and Faculty Director, Regulation Room Project
Cornell Law School
114 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States
(607) 255-5879

Cynthia R. Farina is the McRoberts Research Professor in Administration of the Law at Cornell University and faculty director of the Regulation Room Project. Her scholarship and teaching focus on administrative law and electronic government, the presidency, and due process and separation of powers.

Co-author of the leading casebook in administrative law, she is also a Lifetime Fellow of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. A nationally known scholar of the administrative process, Professor Farina has served as reporter on a number of national administrative law projects. In 2010, she completed the report of a blue-ribbon cross-disciplinary committee that studied the emerging federal e-rulemaking system, to make recommendations to Congress and the new administration. Previously, as one of the reporters of the European Union Project, she assessed the EU’s use of the Internet to increase transparency of, access to, and participation in the Union’s very complex government processes.

As part of the multidisciplinary CeRI team, she works with agencies in the Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services and the Consumer Financial Protection Agency on theoretical and applied research, funded by the National Science Foundation, to improve agency management of and public access to e-rulemaking.

Following her graduation summa cum laude from Boston University School of Law, Professor Farina clerked for the Hon. Raymond J. Pettine, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island, and for the Hon. Spottswood Robinson, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She spent three years as a litigator in private practice before she joined the Cornell Law School Faculty.

Cynthia Farina

Cynthia R. Farina is the McRoberts Research Professor in Administration of the Law at Cornell University and faculty director of the Regulation Room Project. Her scholarship and teaching focus on administrative law and electronic government, the presidency, and due process and separation of powers.

Rulemaking 2.0: Understanding and Getting Better Public Participation

This report provides important insights in how governments can improve the rulemaking process by taking full advantage of Rulemaking 2.0 technology. The report’s findings and recommendations are based on five experiments with Rulemaking 2.0 conducted by CeRI researchers, four in partnership with the Department of Transportation and one with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.