News out just this afternoon that George Mason University’s fine law school will be renamed the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University. I know that the law school’s dynamic dean, Henry Butler, has been working on this idea for a while, and secured $30 million in new contributions to the school (which will go mostly to student scholarships).*
So congrats to Henry and GMU. And expect lefty students and faculty to take to their fainting couches—because Scalia!—in three, two. . . [SEE UPDATE BELOW]
I propose a bumper sticker and t-shirts for the law school: El Nino Comes to George Mason! That would be a full-tilt boogie macroaggression.
And this is as good a time as any to give a shout out to George Mason Law’s most unusual law review, the Green Bag. Give it a read if you’ve never done so.
* One of the scholarships is described thus:
F.A. Hayek Law, Legislation, and Liberty Scholarship – Named in honor of the 1974 Nobel Prize winner in economics, this scholarship will be awarded to students who have a demonstrated interest in studying the application of economic principles to the law.
UPDATE: Yup, didn’t have to wait long for this:
It’s bad enough that GMU’s Mercatus Center is a Koch-sucking far-right-wing organization (e.g., see this New Yorker article, which discusses how “the Koch family foundations have contributed more than thirty million dollars to George Mason, much of which has gone to the Mercatus Center”). But now….this??? Let me remind everyone that Antonin Scalia was a corrupt, bigoted extremist. Why would anyone in their (far) right mind want to name anything after that guy, let alone a law school? Has GMU gone completely off its rocker or what? Or, as ThinkProgress Justice Editor Ian Millhiser puts it, GMU can now “stop pretending to be anything other than a conservative policy shop with students.” Ugh. I mean, what’s GMU going to do next, the Trump School for Ethics and Tolerance?