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Welcome to the August 2016 Edition of "The Dean's List."

Where has the summer gone? 

Fall orientation for most incoming students began August 12, and as you will read, the staff, faculty, and I have stayed quite busy preparing for the 2016 entering class. We expect this entering class, the first class to enter our doors under the official name of George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, to be exceptional indeed.

The incoming class of 179 JD students represents 32 states and the District of Columbia and eight different countries. The 2016 entering JD class has a median LSAT of 162 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.66. Forty-six percent are female, while 54% are male. Virginia residents make up 48% of the class, while the remaining 52% come from outside the Commonwealth. The average age of the entering class is 27.

This fall we also celebrate the arrival of the largest (18) and most diverse LLM class in our school's history. This group of experienced attorneys and practitioners - and even one judge - from Belgium, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Germany, India, Japan, the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.), Russia, Taiwan, and the United States will share their collective expertise with our JDs, further strengthening our exceptional community.

The LLM class includes our first Judge Advocate Division-admitted LLM student, United States Marine Corps Captain Mika'il Ali, who has already received multiple honors for his military legal assistance work. He is one of the many reasons we should be eager to start what promises to be an outstanding year. 

Onward and Upward!

Henry N. Butler
Dean and Professor of Law
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School



Law School

  • U.S. Department of Justice Presentation on Student Law Intern and Honors Programs. August 23, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hazel Hall Room 332. 
  • Annual Fall Kick-Off Reception. August 24, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.

Law & Economics Center

  • Sixth Annual Manne Faculty Forum. September 9. George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. The Manne Faculty Forum is an annual roundtable where junior tenure-track faculty present draft papers for comment, discussion, and critique by senior faculty from Scalia Law and other leading law schools. 

Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

  • 2016 Fall Conference Registration. Registration is now open for the 2016 CPIP Fall Conference, "Intellectual Property & Global Prosperity." October 6 and 7. George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. CPIP's Fourth Annual Fall Conference will highlight how property rights in innovation and creativity benefit communities and economies around the world. 

Center for the Study of the Administrative State

University-Wide Events

  • Monetary Rules for a Post-Crisis World Program on Monetary Policy.  September 7, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Founders Hall, Room 125. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Cato Institute's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives team up for a day-long academic conference, hosting a distinguished group of scholars to explore pressing questions about monetary policy.


Professor Adam Mossoff Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court on Patent Rights 

On May 27, Professor Adam Mossoff, along with 12 other law professors including Professor Eric Claeys, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Company, a case appealed from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding the nature of patent rights.  In their brief, the professors argued that the Court should grant certiorari because the decision by the Court of Appeals did not provide adequate protection to the constitutional rights of patent holders. "This failure violates the separation of powers doctrine and undermines the constitutional function of the patent system in promoting innovation." In the case, Hewlett-Packard filed a petition with the Patent and Trademark Office seeking inter partes review of claims in a patent owned by MCM Portfolio for flash memory card technology. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board rejected the MCM argument that inter partes review violates Article III and the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution. The Court of Appeals agreed, saying that patent rights are public rights, which may be adjudicated in non-Article III courts. In the amicus brief, the professors argued that though the public has an interest in the validity of all property rights, including patents, this public interest provides no rationale for classifying private property rights as public. They described existing precedent establishing patents as private property rights and encouraged the Court to hear the case and address the constitutional issue. Read the full brief here. 

Professor Joshua Wright Testifies on FTC Legislation
On May 24, Professor Joshua Wright, Executive Director of the Global Antitrust Institute, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding several pieces of proposed legislation relating to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

An ABA "Top 40 Young Lawyers" Pick Comes to Mason...As a Student
Marine Captain Mika'il Ali has been selected for the Marine Corps Special Education LLM program and will attend George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School this fall to study Intellectual Property with a focus on cyber security and technology. A graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School in 2011, Captain Ali was awarded the 2014 ABA individual award for excellence in military legal assistance. He also received numerous commendations for his work as a legal advisor to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 



  • Professor Koren W. Wong-Ervin, Director of the Global Antitrust Institute, has been recognized by Global Competition Review as one of the top 100 Women in Antitrust Law worldwide for 2016. GCR is the world's leading antitrust and competition law journal and news service.
  • Professor Adam Mossoff is the subject of a post (How a Tech Geek Became One of the Nation's Leading IP Experts) by Josh Peterson at, a news site sponsored by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. According to Peterson, Mossoff is said to have "become one of the most highly respected intellectual property law scholars in the country, tackling the fundamental questions of what constitutes a private property right and what the government's role is in ensuring that right." 


  • Rising third-year student Rebecca Cusey, a participant in the Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, was a panelist at the recent Copyright Office roundtable on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbors. She was featured in an in-depth Q&A interview on the MTP (Music Technology Policy) blog on what went on inside. 
  • Doan Phan ('17) will clerk for the Honorable Brian F. Kenney on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia during the 2017-2018 term.
  • Philip Kiko ('77) was selected by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the new permanent Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Michael Cantrell ('88) was invested as a Judge of the Fairfax County General District Court on July 21 in Fairfax, Virginia.
  • Robin L. Robb ('88) was invested as a Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for the Seventeenth Judicial District of Virginia on June 28 in Arlington, Virginia. 
  • Andy Corea ('95) was elected a 2016 Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program.
  • Zynda Sellers ('02) has joined the Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding (ARC)'s advisory council. Sellers will grow ARC's broad coalition of stakeholders which includes academics, civil rights defenders, public policy leaders, and private citizens. She's the first financial education leader to join the advisory council.
  • Darin Lowder ('06) was promoted to partner at Ballard Spahr LLP on July 1.
  • Rising second-year student Jacqueline Branscomb contributed to a recent article in Diverse Issues in High Education on the law school's renaming. 


  • Sunita Iyer started as a part-time Admissions Counselor on June 10.
  • Cynthia Snyder, part-time Career and Academic Services Coordinator, also joined us on June 10.
  • Mary Freeman Healy, another part-time Admissions Counselor, started on June 13.
  • Dana Fallon ('99), became Director of Student Records on June 25.
  • Maria Acuna, Executive Assistant and Office Manager, Law & Economics Center, left on July 1.
  • Jessica Clark, Assistant Director, Development, Law & Economics Center, departed on July 9 and has become the Development and Communications Officer, Office of the Dean of Libraries at George Mason University.
  • Brenda Arevalo is the new Director of Facilities & Faculty Support. She started on July 11.
  • Bhamati Viswanathan joined the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property on July 11 as a Research Fellow.
  • Richard Kelsey ('99), Director of Mason Law Community, left on July 19 and has returned to private practice with the Impresa Legal Group. He will continue to write on law and politics for the American Spectator, and can be heard providing commentary on WMAL and NPR.
  • Education Support Specialist Sandra Bowen retired on July 24.
  • Career Counselor Lauren Seffel left on August 12. 
  • Professor Harry Hutchison left August 15 for a new position at Oxford Centre.

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