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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 is 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 and 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 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.

More from Roger Pilon


America’s Frightening “Policing for Profit” Nightmare

The National Interest (Online). January 23, 2015.

Federalism, Then and Now

inFocus Quarterly. January 13, 2015.

Letter to the Editor: The Feds, the States and the Controlled Substances Act

The Wall Street Journal. January 12, 2015.


Ending Legalized Piracy: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

On the National Security Leaks Dilemma

Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy - Federalist Edition. Vol. 2. No. 1. 2014.

Constitutional Interpretation: Lessons From the American Experience

Századvég Foundation Conference (Budapest) Keynote Address. October 3, 2013.

Public Filings

Obergefell v. Hodges

Legal Briefs. March 6, 2015.

S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013

Testimony. September 15, 2014.

United States v. Windsor

Legal Briefs. March 1, 2013.