Congratulations 2016 Graduates!
Welcome to the June 2016 edition of "The Dean's
List." The class of 2016 has graduated!
We were extremely privileged to have Judge
Pauline Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Federal Circuit, address our graduates at the
law school's convocation on Saturday, May 14 at
the Center for the Performing Arts.
On Tuesday, May 17, we received a unanimous vote
from the State Council of Higher Education for
Virginia to name the law school after U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Antonin Scalia. We will officially
become the George Mason University Antonin Scalia
Law School on July 1.
In the meantime, the staff, faculty, and I
continue to work hard to build a strong entering
class for the Fall of 2016. Deposits are coming
in, and we are optimistic that this will be an
exceptionally strong class. Thanks to those of you
who helped recruit students by sharing your
wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm for our school
with our prospects.
Onward and Upward!
Henry N. Butler
Dean and Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law
PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US:
*Open to Mason Law
- Virginia State Bar Admission Ceremony and
Breakfast Reception. June 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00
p.m. Greater Richmond Convention Center. The law
school is hosting a free breakfast for alumni
and their guests prior to the Virginia Bar
Admission Ceremony. RSVP
Mason Day. June 11, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason
Neck, VA 22079. George Mason's own Gunston Hall
will host an historic event commemorating the
240th anniversary of the ratification of the
Virginia Declaration of Rights. The day will
begin with a special naturalization ceremony
followed by an afternoon of fun and educational
activities for all ages. A panel discussion
moderated by Henry N. Butler from 2:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. will discuss "Why George Mason Matters
the Protection of Intellectual Property
the Study of the Administrative State
IN THE NEWS
Congressman David W. Jolly Named
Mason Law Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Congressman David Jolly ('01) was presented with
Mason's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award on
April 13, 2016, as part of the University's
Celebration of Distinction. Congressman Jolly
represents Florida's 13th Congressional District.
He was first elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives in March of 2014. He is now in his
second term and serves on the House Appropriations
Committee, sitting on three Appropriations
Professor Adam Mossoff Files Amicus
Brief Seeking Review of Controversial Patent
On April 20, 2016, Professor
Adam Mossoff filed an amicus brief
on behalf of 19 professors in support of a
petition for a writ of certiorari to the
U.S. Supreme Court involving a controversial
patent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Federal Circuit.
Professor Ilya Somin Co-Authors
Amicus Brief in Property Rights Case Before
the U.S. Supreme Court
Ilya Somin recently co-authored a brief on
behalf of Nevada and eight other states in Murr
v. Wisconsin, a property rights case
currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case
addresses the issue of whether, in a regulatory
taking, the "parcel as a whole" concept as
described in Penn
Central Transportation Company v. City of New
York, establishes a rule that two legally
distinct but commonly owned contiguous parcels
must be combined for takings analysis purposes.
Co-Director of Mason's Supreme Court
Clinic Argues Case Before U.S. Supreme Court
On April 20, Adjunct
Professor and Co-Director of the Mason Law
Supreme Court Clinic Thomas McCarthy argued
before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the
State of North Dakota. The Supreme Court Clinic is
representing North Dakota in two of three
consolidated cases involving whether a State can
condition the use of public roads on consent to
take a blood-alcohol test upon being arrested for
drunk driving and enforce those conditions with
Professor Todd Zywicki Testifies on
Consumer Financial Services
On April 5, Professor
Todd Zywicki testified before the U.S.
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban
Affairs. The hearing was held for the purpose of
"Assessing the Effects of Consumer Finance
Regulations" and focused on the role of the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in
After nine years of exemplary service as
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Craig
Lerner will return to full time teaching,
research, and service. He will be succeeded by
Associate Professor Rachelle
Perkins on August 25.
Joshua Wright was promoted to University
Professor, GMU's highest rank, by the Board of
Visitors on May 5.
Verret was promoted to the rank of Associate
Professor without term by the Board of Visitors on
STUDENTS & ALUMNI
- Rising second-year students Jasmine Gandhi and
Thomas Rucker have both been selected to
participate in the Leadership
Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars
program for summer 2016. Jasmine will be working
at Willis Towers Watson, and Thomas will be at
- Rising second-year student Evan Hicks was
awarded the Janet
D. Steiger Fellowship by the Antitrust
Section of the ABA and will be working for the
Attorney General of Virginia this summer.
- Rising third-year student Katie Smithgall has
accepted a clerkship with the Honorable Thomas
A. Varlan of the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of Tennessee for the 2017-2018
- Anna Schaffner won the 2016
First Year Moot Court Competition held at
the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia.
The runner-up was Daniel Shapiro.
- Mason Law's Zeynep
Elif Aksoy and Peter
F. Donohue were selected as Tipping
the Scales's Top Law Students from the
Class of 2016.
- Newly released ABA
employment data for the class of 2015 show
that Mason Law came in second in Virginia,
Maryland, and Washington, D.C., with 88% of
graduates employed in positions that require bar
passage or prefer a J.D.
- Dean Henry Butler spoke at the dedication
ceremony for the Governor
A. Linwood Holton Jr. Plaza on the Fairfax
- The Law & Economics Center's Program on
Economics and Privacy held its first public
policy conference April 29, the Scholars'
Conference on Privacy. It was attended and
included presentations by scholars from George
Mason University, the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and the Federal Trade Commission.
- Judy Jin joined the Global Antitrust Institute
as Communication & Event Specialist on May
- Cattleya Concepcion ('11) left the George
Mason School of Law Library on May 6 to join
Georgetown University Law Library as a Reference
- Matthew Sibery left the Law & Economics
Center on May 9.
- Timothy MacArthur joined the Mason Veterans
and Servicemembers Legal Clinic as Director on
- Assistant Professor Susan Yeh resigned May 24.
- Assistant Dean for Records Patricia Hupalo is
retiring from Mason Law after 25 years on June
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