Mason Law


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


*Open to Mason Law Community

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

  * LEC Consumer Credit Academy
    June 5 to June 7. George Mason University School of Law.
  * Sixth Annual Public Policy Institute on Financial Services
    June 7 to June 9. George Mason University School of Law.
  * * LEC Workshop on Consumer Protection Law & Economics and Fourth
    Annual Public Policy Conference on the Economics of Privacy and Data
    June 20 to June 22. George Mason University School of Law.

Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

  * Conference: /The Economic Contribution of Licensing to the U.S. and
    Global Economy/ <>. June 8. Global
    IP Academy, U.S. Patent & Trade Office. Alexandria, VA.

Center for the Study of the Administrative State

  * * Public Policy Conference on Revisiting Judicial Deference:
    History, Structure, Accountability
    June 2. George Mason University School of Law.

University-Wide Events

  * * Conversations with Tyler Cowen: A Conversation with Cass Sunstein
    June 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location TBD.



*/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.
/Read more.../ <>


*/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.
/Read more.../ <>


*/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.
/Read more.../ <>


*/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 
/Read more.../ <>


*/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.
/Read more.../ <>




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.




  * Senior Associate Dean and Professor David Rehr hosted this month's
    Association Newsmakers, which featured American Hotel & Lodging
    Association CEO Katherine Lugar <>.
  * Professor Ilya Somin wrote an op-ed in /Reason/ on the
    constitutionality of Obama's deferred deportation
  * George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law Francis H.
    discussed his new book /The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of
    America/ on MSNBC's /Morning Joe/
  * Professor Lloyd Cohen
    wrote an op-ed in /The Wall Street Journal/ on the posthumous
    attacks on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia



  * 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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