The George Mason University law school named for Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia will undergo a tweak to its name after its initials drew humorous comments on social media.
The school was originally named the Antonin Scalia School of Law, according to a report in the New York Times
"The name initially announced — Antonin Scalia School of Law — has caused some acronym controversy on social media," said the school's dean, Henry N. Butler.
"The Antonin Scalia Law School is a logical substitute," said Butler.
The university is looking into accommodating students who do not want Scalia's name on their diplomas, reported NPR
The university announced the renaming of the school after it received $30 million in gifts from the Koch Foundation and an anonymous donor. The gifts were the largest in school history, and contingent on the school being renamed in honor of Scalia.
"This is a milestone moment for the university," said Angel Cabrera, president of the George Mason University said on the university website
Georgetown University professors Neil Katyal and Viet Dinh supported naming the school for Scalia in the Washington Post
. "Justice Scalia is not one to let death stop his work," they wrote.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Scalia's closest friend on the Supreme Court, approved of changing the school to bear Scalia's name.
"Justice Scalia was a law teacher, public servant, legal commentator, and jurist nonpareil. As a colleague who held him in highest esteem and great affection, I miss his bright company."
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