- Henry N. Butler – Henry G. Manne Professor of Law and Economics and Executive Director
- Paige V. Butler – Deputy Executive Director and Director, Judicial Education Program
- Donald J. Kochan – Professor of Law and Deputy Executive Director
- Rebecca A. Thacker – Associate Director
- James C. Cooper – Associate Professor of Law and Director, Program on Economics & Privacy
- Adam Crepelle – Assistant Professor of Law and Director, LEC Tribal Law & Economics Project
- Andrew Dowless – Program Assistant
- Ashley Evaro George – Associate Director, Judicial Education Program
- Heather Parrish – Events Manager
- Matthew Richardson – Director, External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
- Dominic Scavuzzo – Program Assistant
- Ian Spears – Program Assistant, Judicial Education Program
Henry N. Butler is the Henry G. Manne Professor of Law and Economics and Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. For over 30 years, Professor Butler has developed and led educational programs that teach the basics of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, and the scientific method to federal and state judges, as well as other legal professionals and scholars. He served as Dean of the law school from 2015 through 2020 and achieved unparalleled success including raising record-breaking gifts, establishing a host of new centers, institutes, and clinics, boosting the law school’s national and international reputation, and naming the school after the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
From 2007 to 2010, Professor Butler 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 his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Richmond.
Paige V. Butler
Deputy Executive Director, Law & Economics Center
Director, Judicial Education Program
Paige V. Butler is Deputy Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center and Director of the Judicial Education Program. She has over twenty years of experience in judicial education, development, and project leadership. Prior to her appointment, she served as associate dean of advancement & alumni relations for the Antonin Scalia Law School and filled various positions at the Law & Economics Center, including as 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.
Donald J. Kochan is Professor of Law and Deputy Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center (LEC). Before joining the Antonin Scalia Law School faculty, he was the Parker S. Kennedy Professor in Law at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law from 2004 to 2020. From 2003 to 2004, Professor Kochan was an Olin Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Law. During 2002-2003, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason’s Scalia Law School.
Professor Kochan received his JD from Cornell Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics and managing editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. During law school, he also served as editor and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy symposium issues in 1997 and 1998. He received his BA from Western Michigan University, magna cum laude, with majors in both political science and philosophy, where he studied as the John W. Gill Medallion Scholar and was honored as the Presidential Scholar (awarded to the top graduate in the political science department).
Rebecca A. Thacker
Associate Director, Law & Economics Center
Dr. Rebecca A. Thacker is the Associate Director of the Law & Economics Center. Dr. Thacker comes to the LEC with years of work experience in the private sector, the academic world, and the Federal Government. Prior to joining the staff of the LEC, she worked as an Assistant Vice President of HR management in a financial institution and spent many years as a professor of human resource management at Ohio University. She also served as Associate Editor of the premier human resource management theoretical journal, Human Resource Management Review. In recent years, Dr. Thacker served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Washington, D.C., where she was in charge of research and evaluation activities. Throughout her career, she worked as a consultant in the private and public sectors, working on human resource management and organization development projects.
Dr. Thacker received an MBA and PhD in human resource management from Texas A&M University. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from West Virginia University. A published author, Dr. Thacker’s articles have appeared in both scholarly and practitioner journals.
James C. Cooper brings over a decade of public and private sector experience to his research and teaching. Prior to joining the faculty at Scalia Law, he served as Deputy and Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner William Kovacic, and as an associate in the antitrust group of Crowell & Moring, LLP. Cooper returned to the FTC in 2018-19 to serve as a Deputy Director in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
His research focuses on the law and economics of privacy, data security, and consumer protection, as well as on wide variety of topics surrounding competition policy, and it regularly appears in top academic journals, such as the Journal of Law & Economics, International Review of Law & Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Antitrust Law Journal, and the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology. Professor Cooper has a BA from the University of South Carolina, received his PhD in economics from Emory University, and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he was a Levy Fellow and a member of the George Mason Law Review.
Adam Crepelle is the Director of the Tribal Law and Economics Program and a term assistant professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School. He is a Campbell Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and his research focuses on federal Indian law and policy, particularly tribal economic development and criminal justice. He has published over twenty scholarly articles. Adam has been admitted to practice in federal, state, and tribal courts, and he serves as an associate justice on the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Court of Appeals. Adam is an enrolled citizen of the United Houma Nation. In 2019, Adam was named one of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 under 40.
Program Assistant, Law & Economics Center
Andrew Dowless joined the LEC in August 2022 as a Program Assistant. Andrew is a graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he received his BA, magna cum laude, with a major in political science and a concentration in pre-law. Before joining the LEC, Andrew worked primarily in the public policy and lobbying spheres. His research interests are in comparative judicial politics and federal appellate courts.
Ashley Evaro George
Associate Director, Judicial Education Program
Ashley Evaro George is Associate Director of the Judicial Education Program at the LEC. She is responsible for managing all course offerings for state and federal judges. Prior to joining the LEC, Ashley served as a federal outreach associate for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Ashley earned her BA in political science and was a member of the Torrey Honors College at Biola University in Southern California. She also received her MPP from the Schar School of Policy and Government and is pursuing her JD at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.
Heather Parrish joined the LEC in June 2021, where she helps manage logistical elements for all LEC programming. Previously, she worked in the hospitality industry. Heather graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree.
Director, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives
Matthew Richardson is Director, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the LEC, where he recruits support for all of the LEC’s programming, promotes our work to new audiences, and identifies organizations for strategic partnerships. In addition, Matthew heads the LEC’s Attorneys General Education Program (AGEP), providing programs focused on the economic and public policy issues specific to state Attorneys General, state Solicitors General and their senior staff attorneys. Matthew is also an English barrister and practicing attorney with 15 years of experience, known for being the first to serve an injunction via Twitter. He studied at Oxford before beginning his legal practice that encompasses a range of issues, including cyber law. Matthew also received a Doctorate in the Law and Policy of Cybercrime from Northeastern University and an LLM from Antonin Scalia Law School. He is admitted to the DC Bar.
Program Assistant, Law & Economics Center
Dominic Scavuzzo is a program assistant for the Attorney General Education Program (AGEP) and the Judicial Education Program (JEP). Before coming to the LEC, Dominic worked in the political non-profit community in Washington, DC as a policy research analyst. He takes an interest in researching politics and the law. Dominic graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in political science.
Program Assistant, Judicial Education Program
Ian Spears joined the LEC in February of 2021 as a program assistant for the Judicial Education Program (JEP). Ian graduated from the Torrey Honors College at Biola University in May of 2020 with a BA in political science. Prior to joining the LEC, Ian has worked in different areas such as religious freedom, terrorism studies, and prison reform. His research interests lie in the areas of political philosophy, civic education, and the law.