††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TODD F. GAZIANO
Todd Gaziano is a Senior Fellow in Legal Studies and the Director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, a non-partisan, research and education institution. †At Heritage, Mr. Gaziano specializes in constitutional issues, Supreme Court developments, and judicial and legal reform.† In this capacity, Mr. Gaziano works to promote equal protection for all Americans and the structural limits on government, he hosts public events and conferences on legal reform issues, and he directs the Centerís moot court program, which hosts practice arguments for the oral advocates arguing important Supreme Court cases.
Mr. Gaziano has authored articles and op-eds on a variety of legal issues, has testified before Congress and other legislative bodies on several such topics, and has been a frequent legal commentator for print publications as well as network, cable, and radio programs.† He has appeared on over 100 television and radio broadcasts, including the network nightly news programs and prime time news and legal affairs programs on C-SPAN, PBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, CNBC, MSNBC, CourtTV, and other stations.
Prior to his current job, Mr. Gaziano worked as an attorney in all three branches of the federal government, serving under distinguished Democratic and Republican leaders.† Mr. Gaziano was a career lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the three administrations (Reagan, 1988 and GHW Bush-Clinton, 1992-95). †In addition to assisting the Office in its traditional legal advice and opinion functions, Mr. Gaziano developed the argument adopted by the Supreme Court in Weiss v. United States, 510 U.S. 163 (1993) to uphold the constitutionality of judges detailed to hear cases in the military court system.
Mr. Gaziano was Chief Counsel to the House Subcommittee on National Economic
Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs. †Mr. Gaziano's responsibilities for the
Subcommittee included congressional oversight of natural resource,
environmental, banking, and related agencies as well as work on government-wide
regulatory reform legislation, including the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
and the Congressional Review Act of 1996.†
Early in his career, Mr. Gaziano was a staff assistant to and later authorized
biographer for Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV).†
graduated from the University of Chicago Law School,
where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.† Mr. Gaziano was a judicial law clerk to the
Honorable Edith H. Jones, United States Judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of
Appeals.† For three years, Mr. Gaziano
was also a trial lawyer with the law firm of Baker & Botts in
currently lives in
other bios: Gerald A. Reynolds, Abigail Thernstrom, Peter N. Kirsanow, Arlan D. Melendez, Ashley L. Taylor, Jr., Michael Yaki