Randolph J. May

Senior Fellow

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Randolph J. May is the President and Founder of The Free State Foundation. The Free State Foundation is an independent, non-profit, Section 501(c)(3) free market-oriented think tank founded in 2006.

From October 1999-May 2006, May was a Senior Fellow and Director of Communications Policy Studies at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Prior to joining PFF, he practiced communications, administrative, and regulatory law as a partner at major national law firms. From 1978 to 1981, May served as Assistant General Counsel and Associate General Counsel at the Federal Communication Commission.

May has held numerous leadership positions in bar associations. He is a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and represents the Section in the ABA House of Delegates. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

May has published more than one hundred twenty-five articles and essays on communications, administrative and constitutional law topics. He is the editor of the book, New Directions in Communications Policy, published by Carolina Academic Press is 2009. In addition, he is the co-editor of two other books, Net Neutrality or Net Neutering: Should Broadband Internet Services Be Regulated? and Communications Deregulation and FCC Reform. May has written regular columns on legal and regulatory affairs for Legal Times and the National Law Journal, leading national legal periodicals.

May is an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School of Law. He received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from Duke Law School, where he serves as a member of the Board of Visitors.


  • President, Free State Foundation
  • Former Chair, ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice


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