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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Agencies Courting Favor—Or, Courts Favoring Agencies

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A fascinating new study documents the impact of judicial “deference.”

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The Ginsburg Affair

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Senate has no obligation to confirm the president’s judicial nominations.

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Analysis and Commentary

'We The People' And Constitutional Liberty

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, July 11, 2016

A conversation with Randy Barnett.

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Will Liberals Reconsider Criminalizing Politics?

by Adam J. White quoting Jack Goldsmith, Peter Berkowitzvia The Weekly Standard
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Lessons from the Supreme Court, the Bush administration, and Hillary Clinton.

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On Obama's Immigration Orders, Supreme Court Says Nothing At All

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Keith Whitley once sang, "you say it best when you say nothing at all." Today, the Supreme Court hopes we all share that sentiment.

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Contempt Of Court

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, June 20, 2016

Trump wages war on a federal judge, but will he appoint good justices?

Interviews

Adam White: Net Neutrality Survives D.C. Circuit Challenge (9:49)

by Adam J. Whitevia The Federalist Society
Monday, June 20, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the D.C. Circuit Court’s recent decision affirming the FCC’s Open Internet Order (commonly described as “net neutrality”).

Adam White: The Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016

by Adam J. White
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Adam J. White gives a testimony before the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.

Analysis and Commentary

Do We Need Less Democracy?

by Adam J. Whitevia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, May 8, 2016

A judge’s duty, argues the author, isn’t simply to defer to the legislature. He must inquire into whether the particular legislation is necessary.

Analysis and Commentary

White: Constitution Is On Grassley's Side

by Adam J. Whitevia Thonline.com
Thursday, April 28, 2016

[Subscription Required] When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, fans and critics alike recognized his main contribution to constitutional law: he focused lawyers’ and judges’ attention on the actual words of the Constitution.

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