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


We Need Special Court Procedure For The Removal Of Special Counsels

by Adam J. White quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, March 26, 2018

As President Trump intensifies his attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, his critics intensify their calls on Congress to legislate statutory removal protections limiting the president’s and Justice Department’s ability to fire Mueller. Such a legislative push is probably futile—and rightly so. Instead, Congress should focus on another aspect of this issue: namely, legislating the process by which the courts would hear a lawsuit challenging the firing of a special counsel. 


Trumping The Administrative State

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Friday, January 19, 2018

For deregulators, it was a very good year.


Bake Now, Or Forever Hold Your Peace?

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Two years ago, when the Supreme Court declared a constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry, Justice Kennedy’s opinion for the court stressed that recognition of such of right would affect no one but the same-sex couples who marry.


At The CFPB, Cordray Creates One Last Cloud Of Controversy

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Sunday, November 26, 2017

History doesn’t repeat, but it often rhymes. And so the circumstances of Richard Cordray’s departure from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seem fitting.


The Federalist Society Convention: Inside Washington's Real Nerd Prom

by Adam J. Whitevia The Federalist Society
Thursday, November 16, 2017

For conservative and libertarian lawyers, the Federalist Society’s annual convention in Washington is the unrivaled social event of the year: a nationwide class reunion, plus prom, plus the Oscars—with after-parties‚ all rolled into one. And it goes on for three days, starting today.


Beware The ABA's Own Version Of 'Judicial Activism'

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Its evaluation of Trump judicial nominee L. Steven Grasz continues a trend of bias.

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Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts

by Adam J. Whitevia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Bloated, overpowerful, inefficient: the regulatory state drags down the economy and undermines the rule of law. 


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.”