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Walter Olson

Walter Olson
Walter Olson

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 theNew 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.

Walter Olson's Articles and Posts

Obama Administration Declares War on Franchisors and Subcontractors Anything Peaceful
Obama Administration Declares War on Franchisors and Subcontractors

This union-backed regulation will set the labor market back forty years.

Drug Warriors Are "Putting a Bounty on the Heads" of Anyone in the Legal Pot Industry Anything Peaceful
Drug Warriors Are "Putting a Bounty on the Heads" of Anyone in the Legal Pot Industry

Anti-drug groups are shaking down Colorado's legal pot businesses (and their bankers, landlords, and anyone else connected to them) with racketeering suits.

No, Rick Santorum, the Gay Marriage Ruling Is Not Like Dred Scott Anything Peaceful
No, Rick Santorum, the Gay Marriage Ruling Is Not Like Dred Scott

Senator Santorum and other social conservatives are comparing Obergfell to Dred Scott

The Rule of Lawyers: How the New Elite Threatens America's Rule of Law The Freeman
The Rule of Lawyers: How the New Elite Threatens America's Rule of Law
Don't Agree with Boston's Mayor? No Permits for You! Anything Peaceful
Don't Agree with Boston's Mayor? No Permits for You!
Boston's mayor again uses regulation to retaliate against political speech. 
"Let Them Eat Cake, and Then Shut Up about It" Anything Peaceful
"Let Them Eat Cake, and Then Shut Up about It"
When is disagreeing with a court decision an illegal "threat" of future discrimination?
Religious Charities, Gay Marriage, and Adoption: A Case for Pluralism Anything Peaceful
Religious Charities, Gay Marriage, and Adoption: A Case for Pluralism
Shutting down religious adoption agencies won't help kids. 
SCOTUS Says You Can Be Held Liable for Unintentional Discrimination Anything Peaceful
SCOTUS Says You Can Be Held Liable for Unintentional Discrimination
Cities and landlords can now be sued no matter what they do (or even try to do).
5 Reasons the FDA’s Ban on Trans Fat Is a Big Deal Anything Peaceful
5 Reasons the FDA’s Ban on Trans Fat Is a Big Deal
Government doesn’t always know best about your health or nutritonal science.
Senator: Bring RICO Charges Against Climate Wrongthink Anything Peaceful
Senator: Bring RICO Charges Against Climate Wrongthink
A left-wing US Senator wants to make defending fossil fuels or denying climate change a federal crime.
How Cops' Extra Rights Contribute to Misconduct Anything Peaceful
How Cops' Extra Rights Contribute to Misconduct
Union contracts and special laws give police accused of misconduct a host of extra rights.
Should We Jail Deadbeat Dads? Anything Peaceful
Should We Jail Deadbeat Dads?
More force isn't always the answer to helping children; often, it becomes a vicious cycle.

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