Robert A. Anthony

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Robert Anthony passed away on November 17, 2011.

Anthony served as a former Chairman (1974-1979) and Senior Fellow (1982-1995, 2010-2011) of the Administrative Conference. He was also a George Mason University Foundation Professor Emeritus, GMU School of Law.

Anthony joined George Mason in 1983, having previously practiced law in Washington, D.C., and, earlier, in San Francisco. He served for 10 years on the Cornell University Law School faculty as an associate professor of law (1964-1968) and as a full professor (1968-1974).  On leave from Cornell in 1972-1973, he served as chief counsel and then as the director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Direct Investments in the Department of Commerce.  In 1974, after confirmation by the Senate, he was appointed by President Ford to be chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States and served until 1979.

Long active in the American Bar Association, Anthony served as an officer and council member of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice from 1985 to 1994. He was a vice chair of the Section’s committees on judicial review and on rulemaking. He was also the chairman of the Publications Advisory Board of the International Law Institute and a member of the American Law Institute. For several years, he was an advisor on the Virginia Code Commission Administrative Law Advisory Committee.

Anthony earned a B.A. degree from Yale (1953) and a B.A. Juris from Oxford (1955). His J.D. is from Stanford University (1957). He lectured extensively in programs for foreign lawyers and judges at the Southwestern Legal Foundation and the International Law Institute. He spent the fall semester of 1994 as a Fulbright lecturer in law at Ljubljana University in Slovenia.



  • 1953, B.A., Yale University
  • 1955, B.A. Juris, University of Oxford
  • 1957, J.D., Stanford University