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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Recent Commentary


Governing By National Emergency

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary Magazine
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Even before President Trump declared a national emergency that only a border wall could resolve, voices on both the left and the right warned that future presidents would use Trump’s precedent to justify emergency declarations for progressives’ own favorite policies, such as gun control or climate regulation.


Hoover In D.C. Puts Scholars In Conversation With Policymakers

featuring Hoover Institution, Mike Franc, Amy Zegart, Herbert Lin, Russell Roberts, Adam J. Whitevia Stanford News
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

When policymakers in Washington D.C. want an outsider perspective on a problem, they don’t need to leave the nation’s capital to get a 10,000-foot view.


Adam White: Congress In A Cul-De-Sac

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark Podcast
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses President Trump's declared national emergency, congressional gridlock, and how the growth of unilateral regulatory action might cause courts to re-calibrate the non-delegation doctrine.

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Reasonable Disagreements: A Great Attorney General Pick, Barr None

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Thursday, February 7, 2019

President Trump’s nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.

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Reasonable Disagreements: The Rule Of Law And Other People’s Money

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

An unconstitutional wealth grab?


Adam White: Are “Regulatory Budgets” Paying Off? A Year Two Look-Back At Executive Order 13771

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Federalist Society
Monday, February 4, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses how well Executive Order 13771 titled, “Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” has fared since President Trump signed it on January 30, 2017.

Adam J. White: Make Congress Great Again

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Bulwa
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the growth of executive power, and what precedent President Trump might set if he declares a national emergency to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.


Emergency Power Statutes: President Trump And The Courts

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Saturday, January 12, 2019

“It’s a lot easier to act presidential than to do what I do,” President Trump told a Tampa audience this summer. He’s wrong, and it may have real-world implications if he invokes federal “emergency” statutes to unilaterally build a Mexican border wall.


Ready For Aggressive House Oversight? Not So Fast (Or Furious).

by Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Having regained control of one but only one house of Congress, House Democrats no doubt recognize that their legislative agenda will never be enacted. So for the next two years, their most important agenda will not be writing laws, but but subjecting the Trump administration to aggressive oversight.


Law’s Attrition, Virtue’s Abnegation

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

In September, I was one of several scholars invited to give some short remarks on Adrian Vermeule’s controversial and challenging book, Law’s Abnegation, at the Villanova Law School. After I posted my remarks to a personal web site, Professor Chris Walker very kindly invited me to cross-post them here.