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George Mason Law School Faculty Supports Renaming for Scalia

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By    |   Friday, 13 May 2016 01:56 PM

The faculty of George Mason University's law school has weighed in their support for renaming the school in favor of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The faculty passed a resolution supporting the name change, according to The Washington Post.

The law school faculty's resolution came about after the Fairfax, Virginia university's faculty senate questioned the renaming, saying it believed an affiliation with Scalia would brand the school as a "conservative institution rather than an unaligned body."

The name change debate began when the university's officials announced that $30 million in gifts had been made to the law school, with $10 million of that coming from the Koch brothers, well-known conservative donors. The remaining $20 million came with the condition that the school be renamed for Scalia.

Scalia was known for his conservative leanings as a Supreme Court judge, who "set the agenda for serious judicial conservatism," according to the Post.

The law school faculty disagreed with the faculty senate's statements and said naming the school after Scalia was a "fitting tribute." While the faculty did not agree unanimously about Scalia's rulings, "all recognize that he was among the most consequential figures in the history of the Supreme Court."

In April, the proposed renaming was adjusted after humorous comments popped up on social media about the acronym that would have resulted from naming the school "Antonin Scalia School of Law."

The law school's dean Henry N. Butler announced in a letter that the school's proposed name would be Antonin Scalia Law School, citing "acronym controversy" as the reason for the change.

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