Adam J. White

Research Fellow

Adam White is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, based in Washington, DC, writing on the courts and the administrative state for such publications as The Weekly StandardThe Wall Street JournalCommentaryThe Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and SCOTUSblog. He is a contributing editor with National AffairsThe New Atlantis, and City Journal, and a contributor to the Yale Journal on Regulation's blog, "Notice and Comment."

Prior to joining Hoover, he was an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. 

In addition to his research and writing, he practiced law with Boyden Gray & Associates, writing briefs on constitutional and regulatory issues in the Supreme Court and various other federal courts. (He continues to be "of counsel" to the firm in three pending cases involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Communications Commission.) Previously, he was a senior associate with Baker Botts, working on various constitutional and regulatory matters, including energy infrastructure regulation.

In 2015 he was appointed to the leadership council of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where he co-chairs the Judicial Review committee and co-directs its Supreme Court Series. He also is a member of the executive committee of the Federalist Society's Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group.

He received his J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and his B.B.A. (economics) from the University of Iowa College of Business. He clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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Recent Commentary


Should We Fear ‘Zombie’ Regulations?

by Sam Batkins, Adam J. Whitevia Cato Institute
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Federal agencies and courts will determine what new rules can be advanced following repeals under the Congressional Review Act.


Is Free Speech Under Threat In The United States?

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

In April, Commentary asked a wide variety of writers, thinkers, and broadcasters to respond to this question: Is free speech under threat in the United States? We received twenty-seven responses. We publish them here in alphabetical order.


The Justice Department Drains The Slush

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Today, the Justice Department announced that it is ending the Obama administration’s practice of taking massive sums of money, obtained from settled enforcement cases, and re-routing it to third-party advocacy groups. This is very good news, at two levels.

Analysis and Commentary

Witness To George Will’s Flight From Politics

by Richard Reinsch, Adam J. Whitevia Library of Law and Liberty
Friday, June 2, 2017

In his latest column, George Will laments that conservatism has been “hijacked” by “scowling primitives” and “vulgarians.” A conservatism that once cheerfully and unapologetically embraced “high culture” has been overtaken by a vulgar populism, which defends main-street values against elite liberal cosmopolitans, but which increasingly embodies not intellectual argument but rather, in Lionel Trilling’s words, “irritable mental gestures” masquerading as ideas.


Diplomacy, Distrust, And The Paris Climate Accord

by Adam J. Whitevia Lawfare
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Last August, David Wirth explained to Lawfare’s readers how simple it would be for President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord’s nonbinding provisions on climate emission reductions: Trump “need not go through a formal withdrawal process, as required by the Agreement and international law. Instead, he need only say, ‘The United States changed its mind.’” Now that President Trump might prove Wirth right, it’s worth asking what the President thinks he is achieving by announcing a national change of mind.


In Bipartisan Reform Of The APA, Is There “Fertile Ground Here To Actually Get Something Done”?

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Senators Portman and Heitkamp introduced legislation to significantly reform and modernize the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946. There is much to be written about this version of the “Regulatory AccountabilityAct,” including its provision for replacing Auer deference with a Skidmore.


Does ‘Too Big To Fail’ Mean Too Big For The Rule Of Law?

by Adam J. Whitevia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Blame Congress for the arbitrary nature of the ‘systemically important’ label under Dodd-Frank.


Judge Gorsuch's Back-Seat Drivers

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't blame a judge for staying in his own lane.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design

by Adam J. White
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On March 21, 2017, Adam White testified in front of the House Committee on Financial Services on "The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design."


Senate Democrats' Incoherence On Gorsuch And Executive Power

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, March 20, 2017

They complain that he'll be too deferential to Trump and yet not deferential enough.