Leadership & Staff


Henry N. Butler
Allison and Dorothy Rouse Dean
GMU Foundation Professor of Law
Executive Director, Law & Economics Center

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

Henry N. Butler is the Allison and Dorothy Rouse Dean, a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, and Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center at the Antonin Scalia Law School. For over 30 years, he 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.

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.


Donald Kochan
Deputy Executive Director
E-mail: dkochan2@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8321

Donald 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).


Mary C. Jones
Chief of Staff
E-mail: mjones34@gmu.edu
Phone: 202.689.5798

Mary C. Jones is the Chief of Staff at the LEC, which she rejoined in 2018 as the Associate Director of Events and Communication. Prior to the LEC, she was the Assistant Director of Outreach Communications at the Mercatus Center where she worked to enhance the organization’s influence with federal and state policymakers. Mary has worked in academic organizations for over 10 years. She first served at the LEC from 2012 to 2016 as the Event and Communication Manager and as a project manager at The Brookings Institution. Mary holds a MA in Communication from George Mason University and a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University.


James C. Cooper
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.


Aaron Fraser
Program Assistant
E-mail: afraser6@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9960

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 George Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government.


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

Ashley George joined the LEC in May 2018 as the Judicial Education Coordinator, where she helps manage the LEC’s 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.


Kaitlin N. Groundwater
Events Manager
E-mail:kgroundw@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9961/p>

Kaitlin Groundwater joined the LEC in July 2019 as the Events Coordinator, where she helps manage logistical elements for all LEC programming. Previously, she worked in the hospitality industry in Washington, DC and Montana. Kaitlin graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies.


headshots for GMU School of Law Faculty and staffAmanda Olsavsky Hu
Program Assistant, Henry G. Manne Programs
E-mail: aolsavsk@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9962

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
Program Assistant
E-mail: amccar5@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8008

Andrew McCarthy joined the LEC in  September 2018 and works with the Congressional Civil Justice Academy and Program on Financial Regulation & Technology. 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 and is pursuing his master’s degree at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government in International Commerce and Policy.


Erin Murphy
Communications Assistant
E-mail: emurph3@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8051

Erin Murphy joined the LEC in August 2019 as the Communications Assistant. She previously worked as a Writer-Editor Intern for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Erin graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Government.


Sharon Parker
Executive Assistant
E-mail: sparke7@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8329

Sharon joined the LEC in March 2020 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and brings twenty 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.


Michael Reksulak
Director of Online Programs
E-mail: mreksula@gmu.edu
Phone:703.993.8228

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.


headshots for GMU School of Law Faculty and staffJeffrey T. Smith
Associate Director, Development
E-mail: jsmithq@gmu.edu
Phone:703.993.8382

Jeffrey Smith is the LEC’s Associate Director of Development. Immediately prior, Jeff was the Assistant Director of the LEC’s Henry G. Manne Programs in Law & Economics Studies, where he organized 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 the 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.


Paula J. Witt
Director, Judicial Education Program
E-mail: pwitt@gmu.edu
Phone:703.993.8175

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 LEC’s 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.


Kaylie Wray
Events Assistant
E-mail: kwray2@gmu.edu

Kaylie Wray joined the LEC in April 2020 as the Events Assistant. Kaylie graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Events Management and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development. Prior to joining the LEC, Kaylie had multiple internships within the events industry planning conferences, meetings, trade shows and university events.