Henry N. Butler is the Dean and a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, and he serves as Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center. For over 20 years, he has led education programs that teach the basics of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, and the scientific method to over 3,000 sitting federal and state judges, and thousands of other legal professionals and scholars. From 2007 to 2010, Henry served as the first Executive Director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law.
He has held prior appointments at The Brookings Institution, Chapman University, the University of Kansas, the University of Chicago, and Texas A&M University. From 1986 to 1993, he was a law professor at George Mason and, during that period, also served as an Associate Dean and Director of the Law & Economics Center. He received an MA and PhD in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Richmond.
Paige V. Butler
Paige V. Butler has over 20 years of experience in judicial education, development and project leadership. Prior to her appointment as Director of Judicial Education, she served as Associate Dean of Advancement & Alumni Relations for the law school. From 2010 to 2015, Paige filled various positions at the school’s Law & Economics Center, serving most recently as its Deputy Executive Director.
Paige has also held positions at Northwestern University School of Law, The Brookings Institution, Chapman University, and the University of Kansas. Before moving to the academic environment, Paige practiced law for ten years as corporate counsel to a large financial institution. She holds a JD from the University of Kansas as well as BS degrees in Accounting and Business Management.
Gregory Conko manages the Center’s day-to-day operations. He has over two decades’ experience in non-profit management, research, and advocacy. Prior to joining the LEC, Gregory was Executive Director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, where he oversaw that organization’s research, communications, and administrative staff. Earlier in his career, he was a Research Associate at the Capital Research Center and a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where his work focused on food and drug regulation, science and environmental policy, and public health issues. He was also a co-founder and Vice President of the Auburn, Alabama-based AgBioWorld Foundation. Gregory received his BA in political science and history from American University and his JD magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law, where he was an articles editor of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy.
Dianna M. Davis
Dianna Davis joined the LEC in February 2017 as the Event Coordinator, shortly after moving to DC. She previously held a similar role as the Event Planner for the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law. As the Event Coordinator, Dianna plans all event and meeting logistics for each of the LEC programs. She graduated from Mississippi State University, Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Public Relations Communication and a Minor in Broadcasting. She is currently working on a master’s degree from George Mason in Public Administration.
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Ashley Evaro George
Judicial Education Coordinator
Ashley George joined the LEC in May 2018 as the Judicial Education Coordinator, where she helps coordinate various course offerings for federal and state judges. Previously, she worked at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University as a Federal Outreach Associate. Ashley graduated from Biola University in sunny Southern California with a BA in Political Science.
Amanda Olsavsky Hu
Program Assistant, Henry G. Manne Programs
Amanda Olsavsky Hu joined the LEC as a program assistant for the Henry G. Manne Program in November 2014. Prior to the LEC, Amanda was an event planner – cycling tours and conferences – with She’s My Sister (renamed Trauma Healing Institute), a trauma relief program of American Bible Society. Amanda graduated from Towson University with a dual bachelor degree in English and music in 2004. She recently completed her master’s degree from George Mason University in organization development.
Director of Online Programs
Michael Reksulak is Director of Online Programs at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he manages online course offerings that teach economics to law students at over 100 universities nationwide. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Economics, a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University, a Director of the National Science Foundation’ Economics Program, and a Senior Social Scientist at the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
From 2014 until 2017, Dr. Reksulak served as the Director for Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities at the Qatar National Research Fund and, for most of 2017, as Director of Research Policy at the Qatar Foundation Research and Development. He was also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Melton Foundation between 2012 and 2016.
Dr. Reksulak’s research has been published in leading journals, such as Theory and Decision, Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, Economics & Politics and the Review of Industrial Organization. He is the lead editor of The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, 2nd Edition. He received an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Mississippi, and a Diploma in European Management Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He earned a bachelor’s degree (equiv.) in economics from the University of Jena in Germany.
Jeffrey T. Smith
Assistant Director, Henry G. Manne Programs
Jeffrey Smith coordinates the LEC’s Henry G. Manne Programs in Law & Economics Studies, where he organizes research and educational programs for law professors and other legal professionals that promote improved understanding and competency in the use of Special Programs, and interim Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the LEC, Jeff worked for businesses in the employment testing field. He earned a BA from the University of Maryland and a JD from the George Mason University School of Law.
Assistant Director of Development
Michael Tokarchick is the Assistant Director of Development at the Law & Economics Center. He works with the Deputy Director to strategically cultivate new and existing donors and ensure that the LEC has the financial resources it needs to successfully carry out its mission. Prior to joining the LEC, Michael was the Development Manager at the Institute for Justice. He also spent two years in development at the Center for Competitive Politics. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He also holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.
Paula J. Witt
Director, Judicial Education Program
Paula Witt joined the LEC in September of 2018 as Director of Judicial Education. She manages the offerings to federal and state judges through the Judicial Education Program and coordinates judicial participation in events offered by the law school and its centers and institutes. Prior to joining the LEC, Paula spent the majority of her career with the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), a national trade association focused on financial and retirement security, most recently holding the position of Director of Legislative and Regulatory Information. She has also served as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Information with StateScape, and as a User Documentation and Training Specialist with HunterLab. Paula holds a BS in chemistry from Duquesne University and a JD from George Mason University School of Law.
Jane Bambauer is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona and serves as Director of the Program on Economics & Privacy for 2018-2019. Prof. Bambauer’s research assesses the social costs and benefits of Big Data, and questions the wisdom of many well-intentioned privacy laws. Her articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Prof. Bambauer’s own data-driven research explores biased judgment, legal education, and legal careers. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.