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Trevor Burrus is a research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and managing editor of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, the Syracuse Law Review, and many others. His popular writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and others.

Burrus lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Foundation for Economics Education, and other organizations, and he frequently appears on major media outlets. He is also the co-host of Free Thoughts, a weekly podcast that covers topics in libertarian theory, history, and philosophy.

He is the editor of A Conspiracy against Obamacare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

More from Trevor Burrus

Cato Studies


Harris v. Quinn and the Extraordinary Privilege of Compulsory Unionization

New York University Annual Survey of American Law. 2015.

From Status to Contract to Status: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and the Primitivism of Politics

New York University Journal of Law and Liberty. Vol. 9. No. 1. 2015.

Ending Legalized Piracy: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Public Filings

Hamilton v. Pallozzi

Legal Briefs. July 20, 2017.

Hill v. SEIU

Legal Briefs. July 13, 2017.

Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Legal Briefs. July 10, 2017.


16th Annual Constitution Day

September 18, 2017. Conference.

The State of American Criminal Justice

December 7, 2016. Conference.

15th Annual Constitution Day

September 15, 2016. Conference.