David Bernstein is the Executive Director of the Center. Among other academic interests, Professor Bernstein is an expert on the “liberty of contract” era of American constitutional history. His latest book is: Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law.
JoAnn Koob is the Center’s Director. Professor Koob’s scholarly interests research and writing interests include the First Amendment, with a special focus on freedom of speech and of the press, including corporate speech. Professor Koob also has a background in nonprofit law.
Helen Alvaré writes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. In addition to her books, and her publications in law reviews, and other academic journals, Professor Alvaré publishes regularly in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and USA Today.
Michelle Boardman’s scholarship explores the role of language and court interpretation in maintaining the freedom to contract, among other issues. A former president of the University of Chicago Federalist Society, Professor Boardman has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice.
Eric Claeys’ scholarship focuses on the influence of natural law and rights theories on American constitutional and property law. In his most recent work, Professor Claeys has shown how a natural law-grounded theory of labor justifies property rights in land and in intellectual property.
Adam Mossoff is co-founder and Director of Academic Programs at GMU’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Professor Mossoff has testified before the Senate and the House on patent legislation and spoken at numerous congressional briefings on topics in the patent policy debates.
Chris Newman’s main scholarly area is the intersection of property theory and copyright. In 2014 the American Law Institute named Professor Newman an Associate Reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of Property.
Ilya Somin is one of the world’s leading experts on property rights and the Constitution, particularly government’s abuse of eminent domain. His work also focuses on federalism, constitutional theory and the dangers of political ignorance.
Todd Zywicki is a Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Humane Studies and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He writes for the Volokh Conspiracy and is a frequently invited speaker for the Federalist Society.
John M. Yun is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of Economic Education at the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI). Prior to joining the GAI, he was the Acting Deputy Assistant Director in the Bureau of Economics, Antitrust Division, at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Eugene Kontorovich is one of the world’s preeminent experts on universal jurisdiction and maritime piracy, as well as international law and the Israel-Arab conflict. He joins Scalia Law School from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law where he was a Professor of Law from 2011 to 2018 and an Associate Professor from 2007 to 2011.
Jamil N. Jaffer currently serves as Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, and as an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he teaches classes on counterterrorism, intelligence, surveillance, cybersecurity, and other national security matters, as well as a summer course in Padua, Italy with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.
Joyce Lee Malcolm is an historian and constitutional scholar active in the area of constitutional history, focusing on the development of individual rights in Great Britain and America. She is the author of eight books, most recently The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life, May 2018. Professor Malcolm has written many books and articles on gun control, the Second Amendment, and individual rights. Her work was cited several times in the recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller.
Michael S. Greve joined the faculty of the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University in fall 2012 after having served as John G. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specialized in constitutional law, courts, and business regulation and served as chairman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Prior to joining AEI, Greve was founder and co-director of the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm specializing in constitutional litigation.
Murat C. Mungan is a prolific law and economics scholar, and is widely recognized as one of the top young law and economics theorists in the country. His primary substantive field of research is the economics of law enforcement and criminal law. His recent work also analyzes issues pertaining to a wide array of legal subjects, including, antitrust; intellectual property; and contracts.
Daniel D. Polsby joined the faculty of the law school in 1999 after serving 23 years on the Northwestern University law faculty, most recently (since 1990) as the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law. He has held visiting appointments in the law schools of the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, and Cornell University. He was appointed acting dean of the George Mason School of Law in 2004, named dean in 2005, and served until he stepped down in June 2015.
Terrence R. Chorvat is an expert in the taxation of business organizations, particularly the taxation of international transactions. He holds an LLM in Taxation from New York University, where he served as acting assistant professor for two years. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Law and of Northwestern University. In 1997, he served as a policy advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy.
Jennifer Mascott is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School. Professor Mascott writes in the areas of administrative and constitutional law and the separation of powers. Her scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court and has been published or is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the Cato Supreme Court Review, the BYU Law Review, the Loyola Journal of Regulatory Compliance, and the George Washington Law Review. The well-known Legal Theory Blog has reviewed her work as “path breaking,” and she is a permanent commentator at the Yale Journal of Regulation’s Notice and Comment blog.
D. Bruce Johnsen came to George Mason University in 1994 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught courses in the Legal Studies and Finance departments. Before that time, he was a visiting senior research scholar at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an assistant professor in the Department of Management at Texas A&M University. His training in economics is from the University of Washington, where he earned his BA (1977), MA (1981), and PhD (1987). He graduated from the JD program at Emory University in 1985. Professor Johnsen teaches Legal and Economic Methods, Financial Theory, Business Associations, and the Law of Investment Management.
J.W. Verret joined the law faculty in 2008 and teaches Banking, Securities and Corporation Law as well as Accounting for Lawyers. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School. His work teaching CLEs on law and accounting at law firms around the country was profiled by Above the Law. He frequently serves as an expert witness in securities, corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Jeremy A. Rabkin is a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. Before joining the faculty in June 2007, he was, for over two decades, a professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Professor Rabkin serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He also serves on the Board of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute and on the Board of Directors of the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C.
Steven J. Eagle plays an important role in the ongoing dialogue among American legal scholars, lawyers, and judges on the proper interpretation of property rights in the Constitution. He is the author of a leading property treatise and scholarly and popular articles, and teaches in programs for judges and the practicing bar.
Craig S. Lerner served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the law school for nine years. Prior to joining the faculty, he was an associate independent counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel (Whitewater Investigation). He also has clerked for the Honorable James L. Buckley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and worked as an associate at Cooper, Carvin, & Rosenthal and Wiley, Rein, & Fielding in Washington, D.C. He received his AB and JD from Harvard and his MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Business Associations, and Conflicts of Laws.