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Leonard A. Leo

Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

Leonard Leo serves as Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, an organization of 46,000 individuals that is premised on advancing limited, constitutional government. In that capacity, he has helped to build a nationwide infrastructure of lawyers, judges, and business leaders who seek to foster the application of our nation's Founding principles through the projects of the Society as well as other independent projects of mutual interest and concern in the legal and policy worlds on which they band together.

In addition to his work with the Society, Mr. Leo has played an active role in both public diplomacy and politics. He has been appointed by President George W. Bush as well as the United States Senate to three terms to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he is presently serving in his second term as chairman. He has been a US Delegate to the UN Council and UN Commission on Human Rights as well as the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe and World Health Assembly of the WHO. He also has served as an observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization and as a member of the US National Commission to UNESCO.

While on leave from the Federalist Society, Mr. Leo organized the outside coalition efforts in support of the Roberts and Alito U.S. Supreme Court confirmations in 2005-2006, and, in 2004, was the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign's Catholic Strategist. He also served as National Co-Chairman of Catholic Outreach for the Republican National Committee. He is active in a number of Catholic organizations, serving as a founding board member of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Mr. Leo was the recipient of the 2009 Bradley Prize, along with the other founders and directors of the Federalist Society, for his work and efforts in advancing freedom and the rule of law through the organization. He is the co-editor of Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House (Simon & Schuster, 2004), as well as the author of opinion editorials in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among other publications.

Mr. Leo holds degrees from Cornell University and Cornell Law School. He presently resides in northern Virginia, where he and his wife Sally have raised their seven children.


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Publications and Multimedia
Address by Orrin Hatch - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
2014 National Lawyers Convention Opening with Justice Scalia - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 13, 2014
Keynote Address by Ted Cruz - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Address by Ted Cruz - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Welcome & Opening Address by Mike Lee - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Address by Senator-Elect Ted Cruz - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Address by Senator Mike Lee - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Federalism and Federal Power - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012
Address by Senator Mike Lee - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 11, 2011
Political Philosophy and Classical Liberalism Roundtable - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 11, 2011
Address by Senator Marco Rubio - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Opening Address by Senator Jeff Sessions - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Address by Senator-Elect Michael S. Lee - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010
Opening Address by Senator Mitch McConnell - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2010
Address by Mark Levin - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 14, 2009
Opening Address by Senator Jeff Sessions - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2009
Address by Justice Antonin Scalia - Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2008
Opening Address by Senator Mitch McConnell - Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2008
Dictating Norms: Who Decides What's Right for the World? - Event Audio
The Inauguration of Global Governance Watch
April 14, 2008
The Merits of Electing Our Judges - Event Audio/Video
2008 Annual Student Symposium
March 07, 2008
Senator Mitch McConnell Address - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2007
25th Anniversary Gala - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
25th Anniversary Tribute Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
The U.S. Attorney Controversy - Event Audio
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
March 27, 2007
2006 National Lawyers Convention Annual Dinner - Event Video
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2006
Paul Clement Address - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2006
Are Judicial Elections a Threat to Judicial Independence? - Event Audio
Co-Sponsored by the Southeastern Legal Foundation and Georgia Public Policy Foundation
November 02, 2006
Customary International Law: The Next Font of Judicial Activism? - Transcript
2003 National Lawyers Convention - "International Law and American Sovereignty"
November 13, 2003
Judges Wars - Transcript
September 09, 2003