Dear Students, Alumni, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends of Mason Law, 

I am pleased to write to you now as dean of George Mason University School of Law. And, I think it is appropriate, for my first message, to express my gratitude to my friend and colleague Professor Daniel D. Polsby for his eleven years of outstanding service as our dean. 

Dan is going to be a hard act to follow. He’s a good man and a good friend. I am pleased to report that Dan has agreed to postpone a well-deserved sabbatical year in order to help me navigate my new challenges. 

Dan has left an important legacy. I believe we owe him a debt of gratitude:

  • For his uncompromising integrity, most particularly for his defense and protection of free speech and free academic inquiry;
  • For maintaining our strong and productive faculty and high scholarly standards;
  • For his commitment to educational centers that build upon the school’s core intellectual excellence; 
  • For creating clinical opportunities for Mason Law students in pro bono representation for veterans and service members and, through the Supreme Court Clinic, before the US Supreme Court;
  • For leading Mason Law to unprecedented heights in the law school rankings and guiding us through the challenging legal education environment; and
  • For his fundamental decency, fairness, humanity, and kindness to all members of our community.

As I take on my new responsibilities as dean, I will be communicating with you regularly about our vision and plans for Mason Law. I am very excited about the future of our school and I sincerely welcome any comments and suggestions you may have that will help us succeed and prosper. Your support and commitment to the law school is greatly appreciated. 

Onward and Upward! 

Henry N. Butler
Dean and Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law