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


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.


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.

Analysis and Commentary

Retrospective Review, For Tomorrow’s Sake

by Adam J. Whitevia Yale Journal on Regulation
Monday, November 28, 2016

In the ABA Administrative Law Section’s Report to the President-Elect, one finds a rather familiar recommendation: that the agencies undertake “careful, in-depth retrospective review of existing rules.”


Adam White: Alexander Hamilton On Judicial Independence

by Adam J. Whitevia YouTube
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White  explains Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton's take on the role of the Supreme Court, and what judicial independence means for America today. For more information see White's City Journal article "Judicial Independence, in Hamilton’s Time and Ours."

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Isn't The Only One Who Dreams Of Jailing Political Opponents

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, October 10, 2016

The sad bipartisan practice of prosecutorial revenge fantasy.

Analysis and Commentary

Notable & Quotable: Missing Clarence Thomas

by Adam J. Whitevia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, October 9, 2016

[Subscription Required] The Smithsonian should stop treating Clarence Thomas as an invisible man. From “At New Smithsonian Museum, Justice Thomas Is an Invisible Man,” by Adam J. White, Oct. 5, in the Weekly Standard.

Analysis and Commentary

At New Smithsonian Museum, Justice Thomas Is an Invisible Man

by Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When the Smithsonian opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture Museum last week, some of the day's loveliest moments involved President Obama and former President Bush, celebrating the event together with their wives and the American people. And rightly so: the museum is a wonderful achievement, and long overdue.


Ten Ways For The Next President To Promote The Rule Of Law

by Adam J. Whitevia Library of Law and Liberty
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

After eight years of President Obama’s administration, conservatives are much more likely to see executive power as a threat to the rule of law than a tool in service of it. Indeed, after 16 years of Presidents Bush and Obama, we are all well accustomed to hearing critics comparing modern presidents to King George III.