Dr. Roger Pilon

Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute

Roger Pilon is the founding 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 also the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and the inaugural holder of Cato’s B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional 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 TimesLegal Times,National Law JournalHarvard Journal of Law and Public Policy,Stanford Law and Policy Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CBS’s 60 Minutes II, Fox News Channel, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and other media.

Pilon holds a BA from Columbia University, an MA and a PhD from the University of Chicago, and a JD from the George Washington University School of Law.

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Publications and Multimedia
Justice Scalia on Federalism and Separation of Powers - Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 23, 2016
Christian Legal Society v. Martínez - Event Audio/Video
Religious Liberties Practice Group
April 14, 2010
Civil Litigation under the Roberts Court - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008
Abigail Alliance v. von Eschenbach
Online Debate
October 29, 2007
Executive Power in Wartime
Engage Volume 8, Issue 2
May 03, 2007
Executive Power in Wartime - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2006
Victims' Rights - Transcript
November 15, 2003
Forfeiting Reason: Addendum
January 01, 1998
Forfeiting Reason
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 1997
May 01, 1997
Dragooning State Officials into Federal Service
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 1996
December 01, 1996