Henry N. Butler

Dean and Professor of Law

B.A., University of Richmond; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; J.D., University of Miami

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  • Phone: 703-993-8644
  • Office: Room 209, Hazel Hall, Arlington Campus
  • Address: George Mason University School of Law
    3301 Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22201

Biographical Sketch

Henry N. Butler is Dean and Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Dr. Butler was a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and executive director of the George Mason University Law & Economics Center. For over 20 years, he has led judicial education programs that teach judges the basics of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, and scientific methods to over 3,000 sitting federal and state judges.

From 2007 to 2010, 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 a M.A. and PhD in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Richmond.