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
Jacqueline Francis is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the LEC. She has previously held positions as an Executive Assistant at the Mass Insight Education & Research in Boston, and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Jacqueline graduated from Boston College with a BA in English Literature, and received her MA in English Literature/Poetry from New York University.
Aaron Fraser joined the LEC in September of 2018 as a program assistant for the Judicial Education Programs. A graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, Aaron holds his degree in Political Science specializing in International Politics with a supplemental minor in Slavic and East European Studies. Aaron brings extensive experience to the LEC team having formerly served as a program director for the National Student Leadership Conference, and having worked for a Congressman in Ohio. In the future, Aaron plans to pursue his master’s degree at Geroge Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
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.
Andrew McCarthy joined the LEC as a program assistant for the Congressional Civil Justice Academy and the Mason Attorneys General Education Program in September 2018. Prior to the LEC, Andrew was a Research Assistant at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He also has experience in congressional affairs and the financial services sector. Andrew graduated from Old Dominion University with a BS in Communications and is perusing his master’s degree at George Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
Robert H. Ledig is the Director of the Financial Regulation & Technology Institute as well as a Professor of Law at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School. Prior to joining Scalia Law, he practiced law at Dechert LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP from 1984 through 2018. Prior to that he was an attorney at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. Mr. Ledig was an adjunct faculty member at the Law School for over 20 years.
Professor Ledig has extensive experience in banking and financial services regulation and related financial technology, privacy and information security, corporate, securities, administrative law and litigation matters. He has written and spoken widely on financial services issues.
Professor Ledig is an editor and author of a number of books including: The Volcker Rule: Commentary and Analysis (Thomson Reuters 2014), Dechert LLP’s Analysis of Financial Regulatory Reform [The Dodd-Frank Act] for the American Bankers Association (2010), 21st Century Money Banking & Commerce (1998), Management of Risks Created by Internet-Initiated Value Transfers, National Automated Clearing House Association (1995), The Fair Lending Guide (Glasser Legal Works 1995) and Contracting with the RTC and FDIC (Prentice Hall Law and Business 1991).
Director, Attorney General Education
Stuart Nincehelser joined the LEC in September of 2018 as Director of the Attorney General Education Program and Congressional Civil Justice Academy. Prior to joining the LEC, Stuart worked for the General Counsel of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission as well as the Executive Office of the Florida Governor. Stuart also served with the United States Army as an airborne infantry squad leader and with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as an expert scientific witness on breath alcohol analysis. He holds a BS and MS in political science from Florida State University and a JD with honors from Florida State University College of Law.
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.
Thomas P. Vartanian is the Founder and Executive Director of the Financial Regulation & Technology Institute of Gorge Mason University’s Scalia Law School, where he is also a Professor of Law. Between 1983 and 2018, he chaired the Financial Institution’s practices at Dechert LLP and Fried Frank through four financial crisis and was consistently recognized by clients as “one of the best financial services lawyers in America.”
Mr. Vartanian served in the Reagan Administration as General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the FSLIC. Prior to that, he served in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel and Senior Antitrust Litigation Attorney. Mr. Vartanian also served as Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Cyberspace Law Committee between 1998 and 2002, and he has authored more than four hundred articles and seven books, including 21st Century Money, Banking and Commerce. He is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on the financial services industry.
Mr. Vartanian has taught banking and electronic commerce law at Georgetown Law School, George Washington Law School, and Boston University School of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School.
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.