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Robert A. Levy is chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute. He joined Cato as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business. Levy is also a director of the Institute for Justice, the Foundation for Government Accountability, and the Forum Club of Southwest Florida. He received his Ph.D. in business from the American University in 1966. That year he founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of investment information and software. Levy served as CEO until 1991. He then attended George Mason law school, where he was chief articles editor of the law review and class valedictorian. Levy received his JD in 1994. The next two years he clerked for Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 1997 until 2004, Levy was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review, and many other publications. Levy has also discussed public policy on national radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, PBS’s Newshour, and NBC’s Today Show. His latest book is The Dirty Dozen: How 12 Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government & Eroded Freedom. Levy served as co-counsel in District of Columbia v. Heller, the successful Supreme Court challenge to Washington, D.C.’s gun ban.

More from Robert A. Levy


Is Indiana’s RFRA Really a License to Discriminate?

Daily Caller. April 9, 2015.

Misinterpreting Obamacare to Save It

Washington Times. February 11, 2015.

A Constitutional Amendment on Marriage

Washington Times. November 20, 2014.


Second Amendment Redux: Scrutiny, Incorporation, and the Heller Paradox

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Vol. 33. No. 1. Winter 2009.

Constitutionally Troubled: ‘TARP’ and its Delegation of Legislative Power

Legal Opinion Letter. February 26, 2009.

Wartime Executive Power: Are Warrantless Wiretaps Legal?

The Freeman. August 2006.

Public Filings

United States v. Windsor

Legal Briefs. March 1, 2013.

Hollingsworth v. Perry

Legal Briefs. February 28, 2013.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services v. Florida

Legal Briefs. February 13, 2012.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Good News and Bad News

Policy Report. September/October 2015.

On God and Politics

Policy Report. March/April 2015.

His Majesty, the President

Policy Report. September/October 2014.