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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


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Law School

  • 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 online.
  • George 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 Today." RSVP here.

Law & Economics Center

Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

Center for the Study of the Administrative State

University-Wide Events


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 Subcommittees.

Professor Adam Mossoff Files Amicus Brief Seeking Review of Controversial Patent Decision
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
Professor 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 criminal penalties.

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 protecting consumers.



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.

Professor Joshua Wright was promoted to University Professor, GMU's highest rank, by the Board of Visitors on May 5.

J.W. Verret was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor without term by the Board of Visitors on May 5.





  • 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 Carlton Fields.
  • 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 term.
  • 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 Campus.
  • 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 2.
  • Cattleya Concepcion ('11) left the George Mason School of Law Library on May 6 to join Georgetown University Law Library as a Reference Librarian.
  • Matthew Sibery left the Law & Economics Center on May 9.
  • Timothy MacArthur joined the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic as Director on May 10.
  • Assistant Professor Susan Yeh resigned May 24.
  • Assistant Dean for Records Patricia Hupalo is retiring from Mason Law after 25 years on June 24.

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