Hon. Todd F. Gaziano

Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights & Senior Fellow in Legal Studies, Heritage Foundation

Todd Gaziano is a Senior Fellow in Legal Studies and the Director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit research and education foundation. In February of 2008, Mr. Gaziano was appointed to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is one of four congressional appointees on the eight-member Commission, which studies and reports on civil rights issues and the enforcement of civil rights laws.

At Heritage, Mr. Gaziano specializes in constitutional issues, Supreme Court developments, and judicial and legal reform. Among other tasks, Mr. Gaziano directs the Center’s moot court program, which hosts practice sessions for oral advocates arguing important Supreme Court cases and an increasing number of cases in the federal courts of appeals. The program has prepared advocates for almost 100 Supreme Court arguments. Mr. Gaziano also organizes an annual Supreme Court review program with Court scholars and leading Court correspondents.

Mr. Gaziano has authored articles and op-eds on a variety of constitutional and legal issues, has testified before Congress on several occasions, and is a frequent legal commentator for network and cable news programs and print reporters. (Mr. Gaziano has appeared in over 150 television broadcasts, including the network nightly news and legal affairs programs.) He has a special interest in the separation of powers, administrative law, federalism, criminal law and civil rights issues.

Mr. Gaziano served in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) from 1992 to early 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Gaziano was Chief Counsel to the House Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Gaziano helped direct oversight of natural resources, environmental, banking, and related agencies and helped draft government-wide regulatory reform legislation, including the Congressional Review Act of 1996.

Mr. Gaziano graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. Mr. Gaziano was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Edith H. Jones, who is currently Chief Judge for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. For three years, Mr. Gaziano was a trial lawyer with the law firm of Baker & Botts in Houston.

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Publications and Multimedia
Federal Initiatives on K-12 School Bullying Prevention - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
2010 Health Care Reform Legislation - Event Audio/Video
Nashville Lawyers Chapter
January 27, 2010
Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs – Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 10-5-09 featuring Todd F. Gaziano
October 05, 2009
Civil Rights in the Age of Obama - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group and The Heritage Foundation
May 13, 2009
The Development of Originalism - Event Audio
The Legacy of the Department of Justice Under Attorney General Edwin Meese, III
January 27, 2007