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Walter Olson

Walter Olson

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies

Walter Olson is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and is known for his writing on the American legal system. His books include The Rule of Lawyers, on mass litigation, The Excuse Factory, on lawsuits in the workplace, and most recently Schools for Misrule, on the state of the law schools. His first book, The Litigation Explosion, was one of the most widely discussed general-audience books on law of its time. It led the Washington Post to dub him “intellectual guru of tort reform.” He is the founder and principal writer of what is generally considered the oldest blog on law as well as one of the most popular, Overlawyered.com. Before joining Cato, Olson was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an editor at the magazine Regulation, then edited by future Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Marco Rubio wants a Constitutional Convention. So doe lefty pundits and right-wing talk show hosts. Here’s why that’s a terrible idea. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Karen Hobert Flynn of Common Cause and Walter Olson of the Cato Institute discuss the threat of an Article V constitutional convention and a balanced budget amendment.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016