Adam J. White

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Biography: 

Adam J. White is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, where he also teaches Administrative Law. He writes widely on the administrative state, the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and regulatory policy, with special focus on energy policy and financial regulation. 

He was recently appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal advisory board focused on improving federal agencies' practices. He also serves on the leadership council of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law Section; on the executive committee of the Federalist Society's Administrative Law Practice Group; and on the board of directors of LandCAN, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting conservation on working lands.

His articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, and other publications, and he is a contributing editor for National Affairs, City Journal, and The New Atlantis. He previously practiced law at Boyden Gray & Associates PLLC and Baker Botts LLP, litigating regulatory and constitutional issues. After graduating from the University of Iowa and Harvard Law School, he clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

Analysis and Commentary

The Structure of Regulatory Revolutions

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Today the most important book in administrative law is one that was written a half-century ago—but not by Kenneth Culp Davis, or Walter Gellhorn, or James Landis, or the other legends of administrative law. The author was a scientist, Thomas S. Kuhn, and the book is The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Everyone interested in administrative law should take a moment to read and reflect upon Kuhn’s classic book, especially as the Senate undertakes its confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Ethics In The Executive

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Unless President Trump and his administration put a high priority on integrity, they will see their energies drained away by investigation and opposition.

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The Power Of The Presidential Pen

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, March 13, 2017

The benefits and pitfalls of executive orders.

Analysis and Commentary

The D.C. Circuit’s “Trump Card” For Executive Orders

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Monday, March 13, 2017

As countless commentators have observed, President Trump’s first months in office have been marked by the issuance of significant executive orders and other executive actions aimed at undoing or reforming the work of his predecessor, and charting a new policy course forward.

Analysis and Commentary

Break The Bureaucracy!

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Among the opportunities presented by Donald Trump’s election is that we may finally witness fundamental reform of America’s administrative state.

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