Law school rethinks Scalia name-change as Twitter erupts

By Cheryl Chumley

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo: Twitter/Allen West)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo: Twitter/Allen West)

So much for the Antonin Scalia School of Law. George Mason University authorities were forced back to the drawing board on an idea to rename its law school in honor of the recently deceased Scalia because the acronym, as Twitter users were quick to point, spelled out a vulgar term.

As La Bella Esq. tweeted: “#ASSLaw is trending. Lol. I don’t think this is the PR they were expecting. Antonin Scalia School of Law. … I prefer #ASSoL myself.”

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Another wrote, the Hill found: “George Mason School of Law renamed Antonin Scalia School of Law, or ASSLaw … ASSOL. Did NOBODY proof those acronyms?”

As the Wall Street Journal reported, the school has decided to go with something else.

In a letter to students and alumni, university officials wrote it is “authorized to use a variety of different names” and that it would exercise that authority immediately.

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“The name initially announced – The Antonin Scalia School of Law – has caused some acronym controversy on social media,” wrote Henry Butler, dean of the law school, the Hill reported. “The Antonin Scalia Law School is a logical substitute.”

The new name will take effect July 1, pending approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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