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Eli Nachmany is a law student in the Harvard Law School Class of 2022. He is interested in sports law and administrative law, as well as football operations and data analytics. Eli served for two years in the Trump Administration, working as the Speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and as a domestic policy staffer in the White House Office of American Innovation. He frequently writes about law, public policy, and sports business. Eli is a Certified BBQ Judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

Selected Publications

Legal Scholarship in Periodicals

  • Note, Conservation and Economic Recovery: Telling the Story of the Great American Outdoors Act of 2020, 58 Harv. J. on Legis. 425 (2021).
  • Empowering the “Honest Broker”: Lessons Learned from the National Security Council under President Donald J. Trump, 22 Federalist Soc’y Rev. 52 (2021).
  • Note, The Senate vs. the Law: Challenging Qualification Statutes Through Senate Confirmation, 43 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 575 (2020).


  • A Second Look at the Administrative State: Deconstruction as Reassessment, JOTWELL (Sept. 30, 2021) (reviewing Aaron L. Nielson, Deconstruction (Not Destruction), 150(3) Dædalus 143 (Spring 2021)).
  • Cert Granted in Alston: Revisiting Board of Regents and the Uniqueness of Antitrust Law’s Applicability to Sports in Light of the NCAA’s Cert Petition, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Online (Jan. 2, 2021).
    • Cited in Arthur Halliday, NCAA Anti-Trust Case May See Collegiate Cartel Win by Losing, Colum. J.L. & Soc. Problems: Common L. Blog (May 10, 2021).
  • Securing the Critical Minerals Supply Chain, Lawfare (Oct. 21, 2020, 8:01 AM).
    • Cited in Ronald O’Rourke, Cong. Rsch. Serv., R43838, Renewed Great Power Competition: Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress (2021).
  • To Delegate or Not to Delegate: Celebrating a Scholarly Exchange About Originalism and the Nondelegation Doctrine, JOTWELL (Oct. 7, 2020) (reviewing Ilan Wurman, Nondelegation at the Founding, 130 Yale L.J. __ (forthcoming 2020), available at SSRN).
  • Navigating the Separation of Powers Labyrinth in Creating an Independent Oversight Body for the NCAA, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Online (Aug. 31, 2020).
  • Legislative Hurdles and Unintended Consequences: Potential Pitfalls of Vice President Biden’s Interest in Cabinet Restructuring, U. Chi. L. Rev. Online (May 9, 2020).
    • Cited in Alejandro E. Camacho & Robert L. Glicksman, Structured to Fail: Lessons from the Trump Administration’s Faulty Pandemic Planning and Response, 10 Mich. J. Env’t & Admin. L. (forthcoming 2022).
  • See You in Court? How the University of Memphis and James Wiseman Defying the NCAA Has Sparked Discussion About Association Rules, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Online (Nov. 10, 2019).


  • Education Freedom Is a Political Winner in 2022. Time to Give Parents School Choice, Fox News (Dec. 3, 2021).
  • President Trump’s Forward-Thinking Federal Workforce Policy, Nat’l Rev. (June 30, 2020, 2:01 PM).
  • Elite Law Schools Shortchange Students by Veering Left, Nat’l Rev. (Nov. 15, 2019, 6:30 AM) (co-authored with Jacob Richards).
  • Movement on Income Share Agreements Should Be Promoted, Not Discouraged, Des Moines Register (Oct. 1, 2019, 4:40 PM).
  • Gorsuch’s View on Regulatory Agencies Serves College Students Well, Wash. Square News (Feb. 21, 2017).
  • Inside the Inauguration, Wash. Square News (Jan. 23, 2017).
  • What’s Next? The GOP Has Big Opportunities in 2017 and Beyond, Wash. Examiner (Nov. 30, 2016, 11:38 AM).
  • Why GOP Establishment Candidates Like Walker and Bush Couldn’t Excite Millennials, Wash. Examiner (June 10, 2016, 12:58 AM).

Interviews and Podcasts

  • Courthouse Steps Oral Argument Litigation Update: American Hospital Association v. Becerra, Federalist Soc’y (Dec. 10, 2021) (moderator for Federalist Society teleforum with New Civil Liberties Alliance Senior Litigation Counsel Richard A. Samp).
  • Interview with Lael Weinberger, Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y: Per Curiam (Nov. 16, 2021) (interviewed Harvard Law School Olin-Searle-Smith Fellow in Law Lael Weinberger) (discussing Lael Weinberger, Keep Distance Education for Law Schools: Online Education, the Pandemic, and Access to Justice (Harv. Pub. L. Working Paper No. 21-27), available at SSRN).
  • The Shadow Docket, Third Degree Podcast (May 7, 2021) (law student co-host with CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig).
  • The Chauvin Defense Rests, Third Degree Podcast (Apr. 16, 2021) (law student co-host with CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig).
  • Prosecuting Sedition, Third Degree Podcast (Mar. 26, 2021) (law student co-host with CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig).
  • The Manhattan DA vs. Trump, Third Degree Podcast (Mar. 5, 2021) (law student co-host with CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig).
  • Industry Insider Alumni Series – Eli Nachmany, NYU SPS Tisch Inst. for Global Sport (Dec. 2, 2020) (discussing college athlete publicity rights).

Blog Posts

  • Evaluating the History of D.C. Circuit Judges Who Headed Agencies in Light of Judge J. Michelle Childs’s D.C. Circuit Nomination, Yale J. on Reg.: Notice & Comment (Dec. 27, 2021).
  • New Jersey Voters Reject Gambling on New Jersey College Athletics, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Nov. 9, 2021).
  • Understanding the NFL’s Removal of the La’el Collins Suit to Federal Court, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Oct. 10, 2021).
  • SCOTUS Faces a Chevron Decision Tree in American Hospital Association v. Becerra, Yale J. on Reg.: Notice & Comment (Aug. 9, 2021).
    • Cited in The Administrative State: American Hospital Association v. Becerra, Ballotpedia (last visited Dec. 29, 2021).
  • Arbitrary and Capricious Review at the Court After FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project: From the Return of “Hard Look” to the “Zone of Reasonableness”, Federalist Soc’y Blog (July 27, 2021).
  • Assessing the Nondelegation Challenge in Texas’s Keystone XL Pipeline Lawsuit Against the Biden Administration, Federalist Soc’y Blog (May 10, 2021).
  • Kisor on Remand: Raising the Bar to “Genuinely Ambiguous” at Auer Step Zero, Federalist Soc’y Blog (Mar. 22, 2021).
  • EA Sports Returns to College Football: What to Do About the Roster Share Feature?, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Feb. 13, 2021).
  • Finding “Law to Apply”: Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin and the Newest Nondelegation Canon, Federalist Soc’y Blog (Jan. 25, 2021).
  • Full Disclosure: The Unitary Executive Theory’s Recent Cameo at Supreme Court Oral Argument in a FOIA Case, Federalist Soc’y Blog (Nov. 24, 2020).
    • Cited in The Supreme Court, 2020 Term — Leading Cases, 135 Harv. L. Rev. 323, 451 (2021).
  • Life After Seila Law: The Emerging Presidential Removal Power Docket at the Supreme Court, Federalist Soc’y Blog (Sept. 23, 2020).
  • The Chevron Chicken and Egg Problem: A Riveting En Banc Grant in the Tenth Circuit, Yale J. on Reg.: Notice & Comment (Sept. 7, 2020).
  • “Better Than Nothing”: Supreme Court in Mazars Devises a New Four-Factor Test for Congressional Subpoenas of a President’s Personal Documents, Federalist Soc’y Blog (July 13, 2020).
  • Six More Years of Turducken: EA Sports and NFL Agree to Extend Madden Until 2026, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (May 29, 2020).
  • Antitrust Arguments Against NFL Relocation Take a Hit as Raiders, NFL Prevail Over City of Oakland, Sports Law. Ass’n Sports L. Blog (May 11, 2020).
  • Forced Blackout: What Contract Law Tells Us About Coronavirus and the NBA Broadcast Deals, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Mar. 18, 2020).
  • Lucky 7s: NFL Looks to Expand Playoffs to Seven Teams per Conference in New CBA, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Feb. 23, 2020).
  • A Wild Card Proposal: Should the NFL Get Rid of Divisions and Change its Playoff Format?, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Dec. 15, 2019).
  • Be Like JuJu: How NFL, MLB Players Can Best Capitalize on Latest Venture, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Nov. 19, 2019).
  • Not Yet Over the Goal Line: Understanding What Happened with the NCAA Compensation Vote and What Comes Next, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Nov. 2, 2019).
  • It’s in the Game?: EA CEO Expresses Interest in NCAA Football’s Return, As Legal Questions Loom, Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. Highlights (Oct. 25, 2019).