Dechert LLP’s Thomas Vartanian to Head New Financial Regulatory Institute at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School
George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and Dechert LLP are jointly announcing that Thomas P. Vartanian will retire from Dechert LLP to become the Founder and Executive Director of a new financial regulatory Institute that will be launched in early 2019 within the Law & Economics Center of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.
On May 23, Scalia Law held its 21st Annual Judicial and Legislative Reception. With an emphasis on creating an environment for alumni to gather and network with community leaders, the JLR has become one of the premier legal events in Northern Virginia. Over 300 attorneys, judges, legislators, and alumni from around the region attended the reception.
A group of scholars from the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP)—Chris Holman, David Lund, Adam Mossoff, and Kristen Osenga—filed an amicus brief in Natural Alternatives International v. Creative Compounds, a case currently on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The amici ask the appellate court to correct the district court’s misapplication of the patent-eligibility test under Section 101 of the Patent Act since it threatens innovation in the life sciences.
The Program on Economics and Privacy recently hosted the Third Annual Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference at Scalia Law. A division of the Law and Economics Center, the Program on Economics and Privacy promotes the sound application of economic analysis to issues surrounding the digital information economy through original research, policy outreach, and education.
On Saturday, May 19, the Antonin Scalia Law School awarded and 138 JD degrees and 19 LLM degrees at the annual graduation celebration held at the university's Fairfax Campus. Dean Henry N. Butler presided over the ceremony.