'Antonin Scalia School' Has an Acronym Problem

ASSLaw has now slightly altered its name
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2016 12:42 AM CDT
'Antonin Scalia School' Has an Acronym Problem
Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia looks into the balcony before addressing the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The law school at George Mason University changed its name to the Antonin Scalia School of Law last week in honor of the late Supreme Court justice—and then changed its name again after what the Wall Street Journal calls "unforeseen and unfortunate" wordplay involving acronyms: ASSLaw, or even worse, ASSoL. The university, which changed the name after a $20 million donation from an anonymous donor, is now calling the school the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. " is trending. Lol. I don't think this is the PR they were expecting," tweeted one observer.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Scalia's close friend and fellow justice, praised the name change last week, the Guardian reports. "It is a tribute altogether fitting that George Mason University's law school will bear his name," she said. "May the funds for scholarships, faculty growth, and curricular development aid the Antonin Scalia School of Law to achieve the excellence characteristic of Justice Scalia, grand master in life and law." The Journal notes that Scalia, "famous for his puckish sense of humor," would probably have been amused by the name problem. (More Antonin Scalia stories.)

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