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Walter Olson is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Prior to joining Cato, Olson was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and has been a columnist for Great Britain’s Times Online as well as Reason. His writing appears regularly in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the New York Post. He has appeared numerous times before Congress and advised many public officials. The Washington Post has dubbed him the “intellectual guru of tort reform.” His approximately 400 broadcast appearances include all the major networks, CNN, Fox News, PBS, NPR, and “Oprah”.

Olson’s most recent book, Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America (Encounter Books), appeared in 2011 and was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “cutting-edge commentary,” “astute,” “witty” and “hard-hitting.” His previous book on mass litigation, The Rule of Lawyers, was hailed in leading publications including Forbes, The American Lawyer, and Barron’s. The Excuse Factory, his 1997 book on lawsuits in the workplace, was met with accolades in the London Times and the A.B.A. Journal. Olson’s widely discussed first book, The Litigation Explosion, was cited by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a major Supreme Court case. On the web, he founded and continues to run Overlawyered.com, widely cited as the oldest blog on law as well as one of the most popular.

More from Walter Olson

Commentary

Anti-Fraud Legislation in Maryland Could Have Disturbing Side Effects

Baltimore Business Journal. June 12, 2014.

Montgomery County, Maryland to Put More Cops in Schools

Daily Caller. May 30, 2014.

Let Interns Be Interns

US News and World Report Online. April 23, 2014.

Articles

Transcript: Five Train Wrecks of Information Disclosure Policy

Vermont Law Review. Vol. 38. No. 4. Summer 2014.

Public Filings

Allstate Insurance Co. v. Jacobsen

Legal Briefs. February 28, 2014.

Marek v. Lane

Legal Briefs. August 28, 2013.

Gabelli v. SEC

Legal Briefs. November 16, 2012.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Where’s the Reform?

Regulation. Mar/Apr 1984.

A Response

Regulation. May/June 1982.

Events

Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better

March 27, 2014. Book Forum.

Quit Bubble-Wrapping Our Kids!

March 6, 2014. Policy Forum.

Quit Bubble-Wrapping Our Kids!

February 5, 2014. Policy Forum.