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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Show Me Your Science

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Monday, August 6, 2018

You’re entitled to your own opinions, Daniel Patrick Moynihan supposedly said, but not to your own facts. Fair enough—but are you entitled to the government’s facts? The Environmental Protection Agency increasingly thinks so.

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Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Influence

by Adam J. Whitevia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

If all goes according to plan, Brett Kavanaugh will soon join the Supreme Court. But his ideas arrived at the Court well before him.

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The Coming Constitutional Storm

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, July 30, 2018

We are having a “constitutional moment,” so to speak, in two parts. The first is obvious and momentous; the second is less obvious, but perhaps even more significant. The first is Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and the fight to confirm his successor; the second is a slow-motion collision of profound constitutional powers: those of prosecution, pardon, and impeachment.

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If You Build It, Presidents Will Come

by Adam J. White quoting Condoleezza Ricevia The Weekly Standard
Sunday, July 22, 2018

On October 30, 2001, with Americans nursing the national wounds of 9/11, President George W. Bush took the mound in Yankee Stadium to deliver the first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series. Feeling the weight of a nation upon his shoulders—not to mention the weight of a bulletproof vest under his FDNY blue jacket—Bush stood atop the pitcher’s mound, hoisted a thumbs-up, and delivered a perfect strike to catcher Todd Greene. The packed stadium erupted into applause as the president strode back to the dugout.

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Rage At The End Of Justice Kennedy's Camelot

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Saturday, June 30, 2018

If John F. Kennedy’s presidency was, for Democrats, a kind of three-year “Camelot,” then Anthony M. Kennedy’s three-decade tenure on the Supreme Court was also, for Democrats, a kind of judicial Camelot. A place where progressive rights could be created and protected, safe from the people outside the castle.

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Google.gov

by Adam J. Whitevia The New Atlantis
Monday, June 25, 2018

Amid growing calls to break up Google, are we missing a quiet alignment between “smart” government and the universal information engine?

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Regulatory State Has A Bad Day In Court

by Adam J. Whitevia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Is America’s administrative state unconstitutional? That’s a question usually associated with conservative legal scholars. But on Thursday Justices Elena Kagan and Anthony Kennedy each produced an opinion questioning longstanding features of the modern administrative state. Both opinions should encourage further reform and modernization of administrative law.

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Cake Boss

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary Magazine
Monday, June 18, 2018

How Justice Anthony Kennedy’s jurisprudence of dignity came full circle.

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Reining In The Administrative State

by Adam J. Whitevia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 14, 2018

The administrative state has increasingly grown powerful in day-to-day governance as the Congress, and the judicial branch has voluntarily ceded power over time. As a result, we have seen new regulations with minimum oversight and transparency. While the administrative state is an unavoidable consequence of our complex world, the administrative state must realign its interests with the public and the rule of law.

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Laboratories Of Liberty

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Friday, June 8, 2018

John Rutledge was a natural first-round pick for the Supreme Court. An accomplished statesman and patriot, Rutledge was a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, where he chaired the crucial Committee on Detail. Once the new federal government was in place, President Washington made Rutledge the second justice ever appointed to the nation’s highest court.

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