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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 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, 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.

More from Roger Pilon


DC Statehood Is a Fool’s Errand

National Interest (Online). June 6, 2016.

Scalia and the Supreme Court: What the Justice Would Want Now

Fox News (Online). February 19, 2016.

Delay Scalia Replacement? Yes, Let the People Decide

Philadelphia Inquirer. February 15, 2016.


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.