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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The Structure of Regulatory Revolutions

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Today the most important book in administrative law is one that was written a half-century ago—but not by Kenneth Culp Davis, or Walter Gellhorn, or James Landis, or the other legends of administrative law. The author was a scientist, Thomas S. Kuhn, and the book is The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Everyone interested in administrative law should take a moment to read and reflect upon Kuhn’s classic book, especially as the Senate undertakes its confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Ethics In The Executive

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Unless President Trump and his administration put a high priority on integrity, they will see their energies drained away by investigation and opposition.

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The Power Of The Presidential Pen

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, March 13, 2017

The benefits and pitfalls of executive orders.

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The D.C. Circuit’s “Trump Card” For Executive Orders

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Monday, March 13, 2017

As countless commentators have observed, President Trump’s first months in office have been marked by the issuance of significant executive orders and other executive actions aimed at undoing or reforming the work of his predecessor, and charting a new policy course forward.

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Break The Bureaucracy!

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Among the opportunities presented by Donald Trump’s election is that we may finally witness fundamental reform of America’s administrative state.
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Higher Justice

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, February 20, 2017

Judge Neil Gorsuch's constitutionalism contrasts starkly with the progressive administrative state—and the president who is appointing him.

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Higher Justice

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, February 20, 2017

Judge Neil Gorsuch's constitutionalism contrasts starkly with the progressive administrative state—and the president who is appointing him.

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Schumer’s Nuclear Showdown

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Gorsuch nomination puts Senate Democrats in a bind.

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Reforming Administrative Law To Reflect Administrative Reality

by Adam J. Whitevia National Affairs
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In the concluding essay for a short book published by National Affairs, Hoover Institution fellow Adam White proposes a number of significant reforms to the laws governing federal agencies’ regulatory activities and the laws governing judicial review of those regulatory activities. From requiring agencies to conduct a more transparent and participatory process, to reducing judicial “deference” to agency decisions, to fast-tracking certain types of judicial review, this essay challenges Congress to update the 70-year-old Administrative Procedure Act, so that the law once again reflects modern reality.

Analysis and Commentary

Republican Remedies For The Administrative State

by Adam J. Whitevia National Affairs
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In the introductory essay for a short book published by National Affairs, Hoover Institution research fellow Adam White diagnoses the modern administrative state as “a fundamental failure of republican self-governance,” the result of decades of a decades-long trend of administrative agencies accumulating power from Congress, the White House, and the courts. And because all three branches contributed to this problem, all three must contribute to the remedy.

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