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 Nomination Of Judge Brett Kavanaugh To Serve As An Associate Justice On The Supreme Court Of The United States

featuring Adam J. Whitevia Senate Judiciary Committee
Friday, September 7, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in favor of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. View a video of Adam White's opening statement or see more


‘The Most Dangerous Branch’ Review: Judging The Judges

by Adam J. Whitevia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

[Subscription Required] When a Supreme Court justice’s retirement turns American politics on its ear—as Anthony Kennedy’s retirement did this summer—we ought to consider whether the federal judiciary plays too large a role in our political life. Then again, Americans have been debating the Supreme Court’s power from the start.


Show Me Your Science

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Monday, August 6, 2018

You’re entitled to your own opinions, Daniel Patrick Moynihan supposedly said, but not to your own facts. Fair enough—but are you entitled to the government’s facts? The Environmental Protection Agency increasingly thinks so.

Analysis and Commentary

Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Influence

by Adam J. Whitevia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

If all goes according to plan, Brett Kavanaugh will soon join the Supreme Court. But his ideas arrived at the Court well before him.


The Coming Constitutional Storm

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, July 30, 2018

We are having a “constitutional moment,” so to speak, in two parts. The first is obvious and momentous; the second is less obvious, but perhaps even more significant. The first is Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and the fight to confirm his successor; the second is a slow-motion collision of profound constitutional powers: those of prosecution, pardon, and impeachment.

Analysis and Commentary

If You Build It, Presidents Will Come

by Adam J. White quoting Condoleezza Ricevia The Weekly Standard
Sunday, July 22, 2018

On October 30, 2001, with Americans nursing the national wounds of 9/11, President George W. Bush took the mound in Yankee Stadium to deliver the first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series. Feeling the weight of a nation upon his shoulders—not to mention the weight of a bulletproof vest under his FDNY blue jacket—Bush stood atop the pitcher’s mound, hoisted a thumbs-up, and delivered a perfect strike to catcher Todd Greene. The packed stadium erupted into applause as the president strode back to the dugout.


Rage At The End Of Justice Kennedy's Camelot

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Saturday, June 30, 2018

If John F. Kennedy’s presidency was, for Democrats, a kind of three-year “Camelot,” then Anthony M. Kennedy’s three-decade tenure on the Supreme Court was also, for Democrats, a kind of judicial Camelot. A place where progressive rights could be created and protected, safe from the people outside the castle.


by Adam J. Whitevia The New Atlantis
Monday, June 25, 2018

Amid growing calls to break up Google, are we missing a quiet alignment between “smart” government and the universal information engine?

Analysis and Commentary

Regulatory State Has A Bad Day In Court

by Adam J. Whitevia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Is America’s administrative state unconstitutional? That’s a question usually associated with conservative legal scholars. But on Thursday Justices Elena Kagan and Anthony Kennedy each produced an opinion questioning longstanding features of the modern administrative state. Both opinions should encourage further reform and modernization of administrative law.


Cake Boss

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary Magazine
Monday, June 18, 2018

How Justice Anthony Kennedy’s jurisprudence of dignity came full circle.