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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Contempt Of Court

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, June 20, 2016

Trump wages war on a federal judge, but will he appoint good justices?


Adam White: Net Neutrality Survives D.C. Circuit Challenge (9:49)

by Adam J. Whitevia The Federalist Society
Monday, June 20, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the D.C. Circuit Court’s recent decision affirming the FCC’s Open Internet Order (commonly described as “net neutrality”).

Adam White: The Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016

by Adam J. White
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Adam J. White gives a testimony before the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.

Analysis and Commentary

Do We Need Less Democracy?

by Adam J. Whitevia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, May 8, 2016

A judge’s duty, argues the author, isn’t simply to defer to the legislature. He must inquire into whether the particular legislation is necessary.

Analysis and Commentary

White: Constitution Is On Grassley's Side

by Adam J. Whitevia
Thursday, April 28, 2016

[Subscription Required] When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, fans and critics alike recognized his main contribution to constitutional law: he focused lawyers’ and judges’ attention on the actual words of the Constitution.

Federal Reserve
Analysis and Commentary

The Fed Knows Prices, But The Founders Knew Real Values

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Peter Conti-Brown’s terrific study of the Federal Reserve arrives amid a small boomlet—I won’t say “bubble”—of new books on our central bank: Roger Lowenstein’s America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve; former Chairman Bernanke’s memoir, The Courage to Act; similar memoirs by former Chairman Greenspan and former Treasury Secretary Geithner; Philip Wallach’s To the Edge (which was itself the focus of a “Notice and Comment” debate with Conti-Brown); and myriad books analyzing the recent financial crisis and aftermath.

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

The American Constitutionalist

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, February 29, 2016

A few days before Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, I stumbled upon a monograph published in 1979 by the American Enterprise Institute, a debate titled "A Constitutional Convention: How Well Would It Work?" 

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
Analysis and Commentary

Scalia And Chevron: Not Drawing Lines, But Resolving Tensions

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Among the many reasons for mourning Justice Scalia’s untimely passing (on which I’ve written at length elsewhere) is the fact that his death abruptly cut short his late-career reconsiderations of the administrative state.

Analysis and Commentary

Antonin Scalia, Reform Conservative

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, February 22, 2016

In the aftermath of Justice Scalia's untimely passing, the outpouring of remembrances describe his astonishing legal career: a Supreme Court justice, of course, and before that a D.C. Circuit judge, a University of Chicago law professor, and chief of the Ford Administration's Office of Legal Counsel.

Analysis and Commentary

The Constitution Does Not Require The Senate To Vote On A Nomination

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Senator Schumer appeared Sunday on ABC's This Week and responded to suggestions that the Senate might not confirm the lame-duck President's nomination to replace the late Justice Scalia: "show me the clause [in the Constitution] that says [the] president's only president for three years."