It must have seemed a straightforward way to honor a U.S. Supreme Court justice who was famous for, among other things, prizing straightforwardness. But then people began to titter about the unintended acronym of the Antonin Scalia School of Law — and now George Mason University has tweaked the name.
The new name for the institution in Arlington, Va., will be the Antonin Scalia Law School, says law school dean Henry N. Butler, citing “some acronym controversy on social media” as the reason for the change. The name will become final in July, pending approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
In another sign of fallout from the renaming, the university is now looking at how to accommodate law school students who don’t want Scalia’s name on their diplomas, Butler said. While George Mason’s name is the most prominent one on law school graduates’ diplomas, the law school’s name appears beneath the dean’s signature.