Leadership & Staff

Henry N. Butler
Henry G. Manne Professor of Law and Economics
Executive Director, Law & Economics Center

E-mail: hnbutler@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8644

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
E-mail: pbutler2@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8132

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
Professor of Law
Deputy Executive Director, Law & Economics Center
E-mail: dkochan2@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8321

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
Email: rthacker@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8965

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.

Elle Brumley
Associate Director, Events
E-mail: ebrumley@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8692

Elle Brumley joined the LEC as Associate Director of Events, where she is the lead for all LEC events and directs all logistics and planning for the 90+ educational programs that the LEC offers. Before coming to the LEC, Elle was the Associate Director of Conferences and Events for the Plastics Industry Association, where she spearheaded the event department. She also served as the staff lead on the National Plastics Expo Content Committee, working on all education programs for the tradeshow which attracted 64,000 attendees. Elle has a rich repertoire of event management experience, specializing in managing large projects and bespoke events. Originally hailing from Warwickshire in the United Kingdom, Elle attended the University of Kent at Canterbury, where she obtained a BA Honors degree in Philosophy.

James C. Cooper
Associate Professor of Law and Director, Program on Economics & Privacy
E-mail: jcoope20@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9582

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
Term Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Tribal Law & Economics Program
E-mail: acrepell@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8330

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.

Sydney Gaines
Communications Assistant
E-mail: sgaines3@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8167

Sydney Gaines is the LEC’s Communications Assistant. She is primarily responsible for maintaining the LEC’s website, contact engagement databases, and various social media pages. Before joining the LEC, Sydney held a multitude of positions, including grant reviewing for the Department of Health and Human Services, teaching inner-city students in Washington, DC for a federal contractor, and serving as a representative for several health and fitness centers. Sydney earned a BA in media arts and design from James Madison University and an MS in communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.

Myiah Gatling
Judicial Education Program Assistant
E-mail: mgatling@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9960

Myiah Gatling is one of the LEC’s Judicial Education Assistants. She is responsible for coordinating with judges, preparing speakers and materials for course offerings, assisting with logistics, and implementing feedback from program participants. Myiah graduated from Rutgers University- Camden with a BS in business management. Before joining the LEC, she worked as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for a marketing firm.

Ashley Evaro George
Judicial Education Coordinator
E-mail: aevaro@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9964

Ashley Evaro George is the LEC’s Judicial Education Coordinator. 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. A Southern California native, Ashley earned her BA in political science and was a member of the Torrey Honors College at Biola University. 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.

Sharon Parker
Executive Assistant
Email: sparke7@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8329

Sharon Parker first joined the LEC in March 2020 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and returned in May 2022. Sharon brings 20 years of experience as a coordinator and educator in a variety of settings, including six years internationally. Her expertise includes managing and developing programs, event planning, and coordinating special projects. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Sharon holds a BA in history and a Masters in secondary education, as well as extensive professional development in the areas of leadership, research, and teaching.

Heather Parrish
Events Manager
E-mail: hparris@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9961

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.

Matthew Richardson
Director, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives
E-mail: mricha5@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8397

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.

Dominic Scavuzzo
Program Assistant, Attorney General Education Program
E-mail: dscavuzz@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8388

Dominic Scavuzzo is the LEC’s Program Assistant for the Attorney General Education Program (AGEP). 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, and wants to work towards creating greater discourse and understanding of American society from a multitude of viewpoints. Dominic graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in political science and pre-law.

Jeffrey T. Smith
Associate Director, Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies
E-mail: jsmithq@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8382

Jeffrey T. Smith is the LEC’s Associate Director, Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies. In leading the Manne Program, Jeff is responsible for organizing research and educational programs for law professors and other legal professionals that promote improved understanding and competency in the use of economics in teaching and research. In addition, Jeff has served as Associate Director for Development, Director of Special Programs, and interim Chief of Staff at the LEC. Prior to this, 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.

Ian Spears
Judicial Education Program Assistant
E-mail: ispears2@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8008

Ian Spears joined the LEC in February of 2021 as an education assistant for the Judicial Education Programs. 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.