There is the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State. The Earl Warren College of Law at the University of California, San Diego. And the legendary Thurgood Marshall has a school named after him in Houston, and an entire college in his name in San Diego, and then there is his namesake fund sending worthy HBCU kids everywhere.
When a U.S. Supreme Court Justice leaves the bench, some anonymous donor (usually an attorney who was an adoring fan) bones up a few million dollars for naming rights. Such was the case with the recently deceased Antonin Scalia.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the decision to rename the school at George Mason University came after it received two major donations: an anonymous donor, who requested the name change to commemorate Scalia, gave $20 million, and the Charles Koch Foundation gave $10 million.
However, it was food for the trolls and no one did any proofreading before the news went public. The school at George Mason University would be known as the Antonin Scalia School of Law.
Following Twitter calling the dead justice an asshole, George Mason University decided to go back to the drawing board for fear of losing that cash.
In a letter announcing the name change to students and alumni, the man who would be ASSLaw Dean Henry N. Butler tried to explain the rapid name change. But, then there’s this:
Under the terms of the anonymous gift, we are authorized to use a variety of different names. The name initially announced – The Antonin Scalia School of Law – has caused some acronym controversy on social media. The Antonin Scalia Law School is a logical substitute. We anticipate the naming will be effective on July 1, 2016 pending final approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
“Acronym controversy,” huh? This isn’t a conspiracy theory, sir. It’s Twitter. Oh, anyone giggling that a guy who would have been in charge of Asslaw has the surname or Butler?
(Sorry, a 10-year-old boy gave us that joke. Now, on with the show.)
— Patrick Bjork (@bjork55) April 6, 2016
Really hoping #asslaw can start trending in honor of the newly-Koch-funded Antonin Scalia School of Law at GMU.
— Jay Michaelson (@jaymichaelson) April 1, 2016
— gregorg (@gregorg) April 6, 2016
Thanks to Koch Bros, GMU will rename law school Antonin Scalia School of Law or #ASSOL for short. Well done.
— Margrethe (@lorylady) April 1, 2016
— La Bella Esq. (@LaBellaEsq) March 31, 2016
— Aaron I. Marcus (@AaronIMarcus) March 31, 2016
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) March 31, 2016
— Capitol W (@WMHanlon) March 31, 2016
— NotDeanPolsby (@NotDeanPolsby) March 31, 2016