Join us Friday, April 5th at 7:30 am as we welcome Robert A Levy to speak to us at our breakfast meeting. Robert A. Levy was, for 14 years, chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute. He joined Cato as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business. The Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies is named in his honor.
Toward a Better Constitution
Bob Levy will discuss how the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted — analyzing the views of liberals and conservatives, and explaining how those views differ from the libertarian perspective embraced by legal scholars at the Cato Institute, where Bob chaired the board for many years. Additionally, Bob will compare and contrast two leading theories of constitutional interpretation: originalism and “the living constitution.” He’ll also examine several controversial constitutional questions, describe how the Supreme Court has occasionally subverted the document’s original design, and recommend three constitutional amendments – involving the taxing power, interstate commerce, and the administrative state.
Levy received his PhD in business from the American University in 1966. That year, he founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of investment information and software. Levy served as CEO until 1991. He then attended George Mason School of Law, where he was chief articles editor of the law review and class valedictorian. Levy received his JD in 1994. The next two years, he clerked for Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, and for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
From 1997 until 2004, Levy was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review, and many other publications. Levy has also discussed public policy on national radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, PBS NewsHour, and NBC’s Today Show. His latest book is The Dirty Dozen: How 12 Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom. Levy served as co‐counsel in District of Columbia v. Heller, the successful Supreme Court challenge to Washington, DC’s gun ban.