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.

Paige V. Butler
Deputy Executive Director
E-mail: pbutler2@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8132

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
Deputy Director
E-mail: gconko@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8329

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.

James C. Cooper
Director, Program on Economics & Privacy
E-mail: jcoope20@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-9582


Associate Professor of Law James C. Cooper brings over a decade of public and private sector experience to his research and teaching. He recently took leave to serve as the Deputy Director for Economic Analysis in the Federal Trade Commissions Bureau of Consumer Protection, and earlier in his career he has served as Acting Director of the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning and an Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner William Kovacic.  Before joining the FTC, Professor Cooper worked in the antitrust group of Crowell and Moring, LLP.  He is a frequent speaker on matters related to the intersection of consumer protection, competition, and technology, and his academic writing has appeared in top journals and are widely cited.

Associate 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 Antonin Scalia Law School, 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: 703.993.9660

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
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 Coordinator
Phone: 703.993.9961

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.

Emily Hendrickson
Advancement Services and Alumni Relations Manager
E-mail: ehendri4@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8352

Emily Hendrickson joined the LEC in August of 2019 as Advancement Services and Alumni Relations Manager. Previously, she worked for the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University as the Advancement Services Manager. Emily graduated from Syracuse University in with a BA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

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.

Mary C. Jones
Associate Director, Events and Communication
E-mail: mjones34@gmu.edu
Phone: 202.689.5798

Mary C. Jones is the Associate Director for Events and Communication at the LEC. Prior to this, she served as 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 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.

Robert Ledig
Managing Director, Program on Financial Regulation and Technology
E-mail: rledig@gmu.eduPhone:703.993.8178

Robert H. Ledig is the Director of the Program on Financial Regulation & Technology 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).

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.

Stuart Nincehelser
Director, Attorney General Education Program and Congressional Civil Justice Academy
E-mail: snincehe@gmu.edu

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.

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

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

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.

Thomas P. Vartanian
Executive Director, Financial Regulation and Technology Institute
E-mail: tvartani@gmu.edu

Thomas P. Vartanian is the Founder and Executive Director of the Program on Financial Regulation & Technology at George Mason University’s Antonin 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
E-mail: pwitt@gmu.edu

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.

Jane Yakowitz Bambauer
Director, Program on Economics & Privacy
E-mail: jyakowit@gmu.edu

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 JD from Yale Law School.