The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University employs 120 full-time and adjunct faculty members drawn from some of the top law firms and legal institutions in the nation. Our professors have worked in the White House, argued before the Supreme Court, and served as ambassadors to our most important allies and trading partners. Ranked 21st in the nation for scholarly impact, the Scalia Law faculty’s output is also among the most downloaded on the Social Science Research Network, ranking Number 1 in downloads per faculty member.
Learn more about some of our most impressive faculty members below. For full faculty profiles, visit the Faculty Directory.
HELEN M. ALVARÉ
Professor of Law
B.S., Villanova University; M.A., The Catholic University of America; J.D., Cornell University
Alvaré teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She received her law degree from Cornell University School of Law and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. She is a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com, and an ABC news consultant. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family. Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason, Professor Alvaré taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media; and was a litigation attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.
THE HONORABLE JOSHUA D. WRIGHT
B.A., University of California, San Diego; J.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
University Professor Joshua D. Wright is the Executive Director of the Global Antitrust Institute and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics. On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Wright as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, following his nomination by President Obama to that position. He rejoined Scalia Law as a full-time member of the faculty in Fall 2015. Professor Wright is the author of scores of articles on antitrust and intellectual property. Read More
Professor of Law and Co-Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Columbia University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School
Mossoff is Co-Director of Academic Programs and a Senior Scholars at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at Scalia Law. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a research assistant to Richard A. Epstein and held the Bradley Governance Fellowship. Following law school, he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Visiting Lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Jaques L. Wiener Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Adam Mossoff teaches and writes in the areas of property and intellectual property law. His research focuses on the intersection between intellectual property law and property theory, with a special emphasis on natural rights philosophy and its role in the intellectual history of patent law. He has published numerous articles on topics in patent law, property law, legal history and legal philosophy in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and Social Philosophy & Policy, among other journals.
Rachelle Holmes Perkins
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law
B.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; J.D., Columbia Law School
Holmes Perkins is a 2002 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and a member of the Columbia Business Law Review. She holds a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was awarded the Joseph E. Pogue Scholarship and the IBM Thomas J. Watson scholarship. Prior to joining the Scalia Law faculty, Professor Perkins served as the Transactional Studies Research Fellow at Columbia Law School. She was a tax associate with King & Spalding, LLP, in Washington, DC, from 2004-2006 and with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York from 2002-2004. Professor Perkins’ teaching and research interests include corporate tax, international tax, tax policy, financial products, and federal income tax.
TODD J. ZYWICKI
Foundation Professor of Law
A.B., Dartmouth College; M.A., Clemson University; J.D., University of Virginia
Todd J. Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at Scalia Law School, Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Since 2006 he has served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review. From 2003–04, Professor Zywicki served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. Professor Zywicki is the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals. He testifies often before Congress on issues of consumer bankruptcy law and consumer credit and is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the print and broadcast media. Read More