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 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.

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Reasonable Disagreements: The Barr Hearings And The Further Decline Of Congress

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Friday, May 3, 2019

Hoover fellows Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss the decline of Congress as a constitutional institution, as exemplified by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing with Attorney General Barr.


Adam White: Making All Political Arguments Into Legal Disputes

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Ricochet
Friday, April 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the Mueller report, the contours of obstruction, and our trend toward criminalizing matters that deserve political treatment.

Analysis and Commentary

There Will Be Blood

by Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark
Friday, April 12, 2019

Ceaseless partisan bloodletting won’t heal the nation’s political wounds.

In the News

Whitehouse’s Blacklist

quoting Adam J. Whitevia The Power Line Blog
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

What is it with Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse? During the Kavanaugh confirmation spectacle, he showed himself to be a killer clown (if you can imagine a killer clown doing his thing with haughty grandiosity). Like the rest of his colleagues on the Democratic side of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the man operates without a conscience.


Whitehouse’s Blacklist: Why Does Senator Whitehouse Keep Lying About Neomi Rao?

by Adam J. Whitevia Medium
Monday, April 1, 2019

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse keeps launching false attacks on Judge Neomi Rao and the academic research center that she founded. It’s tiresome, and it’s beneath the dignity of the Senate, but it’s also a dangerous threat to democratic discourse and academic inquiry.

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Reasonable Disagreements: As Baseball Winds Up, Mueller Winds Down

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Did the Mueller investigation reach a good conclusion? Will we ever see a full Mueller Report — and should we?