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Scalia Law School Honors the Gift and Principles of Distinguished Professor

On Tuesday, April 24, the Antonin Scalia Law School dedicated the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason’s Arlington campus.

Gray, a legendary attorney, public servant, and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Scalia Law, recently made a $3 million gift to the center.

Before joining George Mason, Gray served as ambassador to the European Union under President George W. Bush and as White House Counsel under President George H. W. Bush.

“It is fitting that the Center for the Study of the Administrative State now bears Ambassador Gray’s name,” said Henry Butler, dean of the Scalia Law School. “Much of Boyden’s stellar career in private practice and public service has been involved with various aspects of the administrative state.”

The center that now bears Gray’s name was founded in 2016 as a place where policy and scholarship can inform the important debates that are taking place across the river in Washington, D.C., according to Adam White, the center’s director. The center’s work is intended to improve discussions of essential conversations in courts, Congress, the executive branch and states.

“[The center is] an indispensable component of effort to restore the constitutional design,” Gray said. “There are other initiatives being launched to address this situation, and it is an honor for me to be able to help the Scalia Law School make the kind of contribution I know Justice Scalia would have applauded.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle, Mason president Ángel Cabrera, and center director Adam White spoke as part of the program. U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio gave videotaped remarks.

May 2, 2018 / adapted from a news.gmu.edu story