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


Soulcraft As Statecraft

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, October 9, 2017

The many virtues of Scalia's speeches.

Analysis and Commentary

Digging Deeper Than Deference

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

In his latest column, Cass Sunstein welcomes the new Supreme Court term by laying down a marker for Justice Gorsuch: When people challenge Trump’s executive branch for having crossed legal lines, how will Gorsuch vote?

Analysis and Commentary

Restoring Meaningful Limits To “Waters Of The United States”

by Daren Bakst, Mark C. Rutzick, Adam J. Whitevia Regulatory Transparency Project
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In a 2012 decision rejecting the Environmental Protection Act’s assertion of effectively unlimited discretion under the Clean Air Act, the Supreme Court observed that the “EPA asserts newfound authority to regulate millions of small sources — including retail stores, offices, apartment buildings, shopping centers, schools, and churches — and to decide, on an ongoing basis and without regard for the thresholds prescribed by Congress, how many of those sources to regulate.”


Antonin Scalia, Legal Educator

by Adam J. Whitevia National Affairs
Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Who do you think I write my dissents for?" Justice Antonin Scalia posed the question to a reporter from New York magazine. In the course of a surprisingly candid 2013 interview, she had asked Scalia about the sharp tone of his judicial opinions, pressing him on the effect that his opinions might have on his colleagues. But Scalia pressed the reporter, in turn, to look beyond the Court for his true audience.


Regulatory Rollback

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Friday, September 1, 2017

Paging the attorney general: the administrative state won't deconstruct itself.


The Least Dangerous Branch

by Adam J. Whitevia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

With the growth of the administrative state, much of Congress’s policy-making role has been usurped by executive-branch agencies. Adam White reviews ‘Congress’s Constitution’ by Josh Chafetz.

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Energy in the Executive

by Adam J. Whitevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

President Trump’s executive orders honor the founders’ view that a president should seize the initiative. But such orders represent only the beginning of real change. 


Should We Fear ‘Zombie’ Regulations?

by Sam Batkins, Adam J. Whitevia Cato Institute
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Federal agencies and courts will determine what new rules can be advanced following repeals under the Congressional Review Act.


Is Free Speech Under Threat In The United States?

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

In April, Commentary asked a wide variety of writers, thinkers, and broadcasters to respond to this question: Is free speech under threat in the United States? We received twenty-seven responses. We publish them here in alphabetical order.


The Justice Department Drains The Slush

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Today, the Justice Department announced that it is ending the Obama administration’s practice of taking massive sums of money, obtained from settled enforcement cases, and re-routing it to third-party advocacy groups. This is very good news, at two levels.