Adam J. White

Research Fellow

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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Adam White On Trump And The Administrative State

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark Podcast
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses  the importance of Gundy v. United States, an update on President Trump's administrative state—including his many non-confirmed employees and how this gives him flexibility—as well as the non-Iran strike and the latest on the non-delegation doctrine's future.

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Reasonable Disagreements: In Defense Of Classical Liberalism (Among Other Things)

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Who are the critics of classical liberalism—namely, modern-day advocates for socialism.


Lest Ye Be Judged

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary Magazine
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In nearly two and a half centuries of American constitutionalism, from 1776 to today, the words that are most difficult to understand yet crucial to our republic are found in Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address. Reflecting upon the Supreme Court’s infamous pro-slavery decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), Lincoln observed that “the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.”

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Blasted Are The Meek

by Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark
Thursday, May 30, 2019

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land,” Jesus explained in his Sermon on the Mount; “[b]lessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” If only Sohrab Ahmari and First Things had been on the scene; they would have totally dunked on Him.


‘Oliver Wendell Holmes’ Review: The Maximal Minimalist

by Adam J. Whitevia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 24, 2019

[Subscription Required] Judicial restraint is a virtue more honored in the breach. At least, we tend to honor it more when the other side is breaching it. We bemoan the lack of judicial restraint that leads judges to negate laws we favor, then cheer when judges negate laws we see as unconstitutional.

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Reasonable Disagreements: Constitutional Conflicts With Congress and the Supreme Court

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Thursday, May 23, 2019

New legal challenges to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade precedent; and legal debates and litigation over the scope of Congress’s investigative powers and the options for presidential immunity against such investigations.


Adam White On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses his Commentary Magazine article "The Argument for Compelling Testimony Is Uncompelling."


The Argument For Compelling Testimony Is Uncompelling

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

[Subscription Required] On Tuesday, former White House counsel Don McGahn declined once again to appear before the House Judiciary Committee, this time defying the committee’s subpoena to testify. The committee’s chairman, Jerry Nadler, vowed that he and his colleagues “will hear Mr. McGahn’s testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it.”


Adam White: Report Card On Regulatory Reform

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Competitive Enterprise Institute
Friday, May 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White moderates a discussion concerning executive order 13771, and how well departments and agencies have been doing complying with the “1-in, 2-out” and zero regulatory budget provisions of executive order 13771.


The National Affairs Podcast: Adam J. White On Antonin Scalia

interview with Adam J. Whitevia National Affairs
Monday, May 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the moral vision of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. White explains the enduring nature of that vision, and its potential to rejuvenate legal education.