Leadership & Staff

  • Henry N. Butler – Professor of Law and Executive Director
  • Donald Kochan – Professor of Law and Deputy Executive Director
  • Mary C. Jones – Chief of Staff
  • James C. Cooper – Director, Program on Economics & Privacy
  • Adam Crepelle – Term Assistant Professor of Law and Director, LEC Tribal Law & Economics Project
  • Myiah Gatling – Judicial Education Program Assistant
  • Ashley Evaro George – Judicial Education Coordinator
  • Sean McCort – Associate Director, Strategic Communication and Marketing
  • Sharon Parker – Executive Assistant
  • Heather Parrish – Events Manager
  • Carlye Poljacik – Administrative Assistant and Office Manager
  • Matthew Richardson – Director, External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
  • Jeffrey T. Smith – Associate Director, Development
  • Ian Spears – Judicial Education Program Assistant
  • Kaylie Wray – Events Assistant

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

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

Henry N. Butler is Professor of Law 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.


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).


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.


Adam Crepelle
Term Assistant Professor of Law and Director, LEC Tribal Law & Economics Project
E-mail: acrepell@gmu.edu

Adam Crepelle is the director of the Tribal Law and Economics Project 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.


Myiah Gatling
Judicial Education Program Assistant
E-mail: mgatling@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9964

Myiah Gatling joined the LEC in February 2021 as the Judicial Education Assistant. She graduated from Rutgers University- Camden with a BS in Business Management. Myiah previously 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 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.


Sean McCort
Associate Director, Strategic Communication and Marketing
E-mail:smccort@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8965

Sean McCort is the LEC’s Associate Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing.


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

Sharon Parker 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.


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.


Carlye Poljacik
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager
E-mail: cpoljaci@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8040

Carlye Poljacik joined the LEC in April 2021 as the Administrative Assistant and Office Manager. She has worked in the airline, hotel, and restaurant industries. Carlye is graduate of Auburn University.


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

Matthew Richardson joined the LEC in 2021 as Director of External Relations and Strategic Initiatives.


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.


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.


Kaylie Wray
Events Assistant
E-mail: kwray2@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.9044

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.