Congratulations, Walter Olson, now at the Cato Institute

By May 4, 2010General

Congratulations to Walter Olson, who has joined the Cato Institute and is making the move south to the Mid-Atlantic. Walter pioneered legal blogging at his, and he has had a tremendous influence on civil justice reform, making the issues understandable for the general public.

From Walter’s announcement at Overlawyered, “Joining Cato, and a farewell to the Manattan Institute“:

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve joined the Cato Institute as a senior fellow, effective this week. As most readers of this site know well, Cato is the premier voice for individual liberty in our nation’s capital, and a think tank of tremendous accomplishments across the board. Its program on law, led by Roger Pilon, includes such outstanding thinkers as Tim Lynch, Ilya Shapiro and Robert Levy. Cato is particularly known as a place where free speech, civil liberties, and the Bill of Rights are given the centrality they deserve in legal thinking, and it’s also a powerhouse in studying the ill effects of government regulation. In fact, the publication where I got my real start in the policy world, the magazine Regulation (originally published by the American Enterprise Institute), has made its home at Cato for many years now. In short, it’s hard to imagine a better fit with my writing and research interests.

I’ll be saying goodbye to my colleagues and kind friends at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, which has long supported my work in the most patient, good-humored and uninterfering way I could have hoped for. I’m immensely fortunate to have been part of MI for more than 25 years and I know I’ll learn much more from its formidable thinkers in years to come. While I’ll continue to contribute occasionally to MI’s blog/web magazine Point of Law, I’ve left its editorship, and I’m happy to say the Institute had the good idea of hiring as my replacement none other than Ted Frank, of Overlawyered and CCAF fame. has often cited Walter’s on-line commentary, especially his reporting on the harm done to consumers, business and common sense by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Personally, I’ve appreciated the opportunity that he and the Manhattan Institute have given me to post at Point of Law.

At Point of Law, James Copland of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy pays tribute to Walter, his great influence on the legal reform movement, and anticipates his upcoming book on law schools. He also welcomes Ted Frank as editor of Point of Law.

Congratulations, welcome, and good luck to all.

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