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


Adam White: Are “Regulatory Budgets” Paying Off? A Year Two Look-Back At Executive Order 13771

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Federalist Society
Monday, February 4, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses how well Executive Order 13771 titled, “Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” has fared since President Trump signed it on January 30, 2017.

Adam J. White: Make Congress Great Again

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Bulwa
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the growth of executive power, and what precedent President Trump might set if he declares a national emergency to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.


Emergency Power Statutes: President Trump And The Courts

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Saturday, January 12, 2019

“It’s a lot easier to act presidential than to do what I do,” President Trump told a Tampa audience this summer. He’s wrong, and it may have real-world implications if he invokes federal “emergency” statutes to unilaterally build a Mexican border wall.


Ready For Aggressive House Oversight? Not So Fast (Or Furious).

by Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Having regained control of one but only one house of Congress, House Democrats no doubt recognize that their legislative agenda will never be enacted. So for the next two years, their most important agenda will not be writing laws, but but subjecting the Trump administration to aggressive oversight.


Law’s Attrition, Virtue’s Abnegation

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

In September, I was one of several scholars invited to give some short remarks on Adrian Vermeule’s controversial and challenging book, Law’s Abnegation, at the Villanova Law School. After I posted my remarks to a personal web site, Professor Chris Walker very kindly invited me to cross-post them here.

“Law’s Attrition”—Some Thoughts On Vermeule’s Book, “Law’s Abnegation”

by Adam J. White
Monday, December 3, 2018

In September, I was one of several scholars invited to give some short remarks on Adrian Vermeule’s controversial and interesting book, Law’s Abnegation. Here are my remarks, as prepared for the event.


‘John Marshall’ Review: Chief Among Equals

by Adam J. Whitevia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 30, 2018

In the Supreme Court, precedents loom large—and so do predecessors. In the court’s august hallways and rooms can be seen portraits of eminent justices from the past. Chief Justice John Roberts is particularly mindful of their watchful eyes, as he observed in a 2007 speech. “In the places of honor,” he said, referring to one of the court’s conference rooms, “are John Jay, the first chief justice, and John Marshall, the greatest.” He added: “As they are looking down upon me, I am looking up to them.”


“Bad Men” And The “Better Angels of Our Nature”

by Adam J. Whitevia The American Mind
Thursday, November 8, 2018

To readers of the New York Packet, Alexander Hamilton’s Publius justified the proposed Constitution’s Electoral College as guaranteeing “a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” Unlike in state elections, Publius claimed, the presidency would not fall to men with “[t]alents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” and “[i]t will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.”

Policy BriefsFeatured

Adam White On How The Unelected Judiciary Prevents The Tyranny Of The Majority

by Adam J. Whitevia PolicyEd
Friday, September 28, 2018

Majority rule is a critical part of democracy, but without legal protections minority groups could be subject to abuses by the majority. Courts and the judicial branch play an important role in protecting their rights and limiting the excesses that would otherwise happen.


The Democrats' "Flight 93" Nomination

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As the Senate considers Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 30 years ago, senators find themselves asking a basic question familiar to all lawyers: Who bears the burden of proof—the accuser or the accused?