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Biography

Roger Pilon

2013

Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs
B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies
Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Roger Pilon is the founder and director of Cato's Center for Constitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial philosophy. He is the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University through The Fund for American Studies.

Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration, including at State and Justice, and was a National Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. In 1989 the Bicentennial Commission presented him with its Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution. In 2001 Columbia University's School of General Studies awarded him its Alumni Medal of Distinction. Pilon lectures and debates at universities and law schools across the country and testifies often before Congress.

His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Legal Times, National Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Stanford Law & Policy Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CBS's 60 Minutes II, Fox News Channel, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and other media.

Pilon holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law.

Phone number: 202-789-5233
Email: rpilon@cato.org

Conference Speeches

"Magna Carta's Importance for America" - Speech from the Nineteenth Annual Conference
"How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution, Undermining Property Rights in the Process" - Speech from the Seventeenth Annual Conference
"Eminent Domain Principles & Property Rights" - Speech from the Fourteenth Annual Conference
"The Supreme Court's Protection of Private Property Rights: The Founders' Dream, the Owner's Nightmare" - Speech from the Eleventh Annual Conference
"Are Property Rights Opposed to Environmental Protection" - Speech from the First Annual Conference

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