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Cato at the Supreme Court

The Cato Institute is one of the biggest filers of amicus curiae (Latin for “friend of the court”) briefs in the Supreme Court. Amicus curiae briefs are filed by third parties who have a special interest or expertise in a case and want to influence the Court’s decisions in a particular way. In all our briefs Cato maintains an unwavering commitment to articulating for the Court how the principles of liberty and a commitment to the original public meaning of the Constitution should guide their decisions.

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Thomas A. Berry

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Trevor Burrus

Research Fellow, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies

Walter Olson

Senior Fellow

Roger Pilon

B. Kenneth Simon Chair, Constitutional Studies

Ilya Shapiro

Vice President and Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies

William Yeatman
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Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies

Cato’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and its scholars take their inspiration from the struggle of America’s founding and Civil War generations to secure liberty through constitutionally limited government. The Center’s scholars address a wide range of constitutional and legal issues, especially by encouraging the judiciary to neither make nor ignore the law but rather to interpret and apply it through the natural rights tradition inherited from the Founders.