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Benjamin Raker

Associate

Ben Raker is an Associate at Wilkinson Walsh. Before joining the firm, Ben served as a law clerk to the Honorable James K. Bredar, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and for the Honorable John M. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Ben graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he received the Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award for his work in the Criminal Defense clinic. During law school, he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review, a Legal Writing teaching assistant, and the winner of two writing competitions, including the Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. He received his undergraduate degree from Bard College, where he majored in music composition.


Education

  • Undergraduate: Bard College, B.A. (2010)
  • Law: Vanderbilt University Law School. (2017)
    Notes Development Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review; Order of the Coif; President, Energy and Environmental Law Society

Clerkship

  • Chief Judge James K. Bredar, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2017–18)
  • Judge John M. Rogers, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2018–19)

Publications

  • Reading Remedially: What Does King v. Burwell Teach Us About Modern Statutory Interpretation, and Can it Help Solve the Problems of CERCLA § 113(h), 70 Vand. L. Rev. 1143 (2017).
  • Decentralization and Deference: How Different Conceptions of Federalism Matter for Deference and Why That Matters for Renewable Energy, 47 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10963 (2017).
  • The Ambiguity and Unfairness of Dismissing Bad Writing, Cleveland State L. Rev. (forthcoming Fall 2020).