Todd F. Gaziano

Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research and Director, Center for the Separation of Powers

Pacific Legal Foundation

Todd F. Gaziano

Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research and Director, Center for the Separation of Powers

Pacific Legal Foundation

Todd Gaziano is Pacific Legal Foundation’s Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research, and director of its Center for the Separation of Powers. His legal career includes positions in all three branches of the federal government, the private sector, and as a think tank scholar and leader in the freedom-based public interest legal movement.

His public law service includes work as a law clerk for U.S. Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones, in the U.S. DOJ Office of Legal Counsel, and as a chief subcommittee counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served a six-year term as Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2008 – 2014).

With more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit liberty movement, including as founding director of The Heritage Foundation’s Legal Center, Todd continues to publish scholarly papers and op-eds, testify before Congress, and comment in other public settings on legal reform topics. He has a special interest in the constitutional limits of government, especially structural provisions like federalism and the separation of powers, that protect individual liberty.

In early 2018, Todd helped launch PLF’s Center for the Separation of Powers, which leads in the development and promotion of solutions to end the unconstitutional regulatory state. The Center has helped PLF formulate several waves of innovative litigation to restore the constitutional separation of powers, and it works with allies to develop a blueprint of action to eliminate unconstitutional doctrines and practices that undermine individual liberty.

Contributions

The Implications of the Latest Congressional Review Act Disapprovals

July 28, 2021

Professors Jonathan Adler and Todd Gaziano discuss the CRA and its use on 3 rules earlier this year.

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Deep Dive Episode 190 – The Implications of the Latest Congressional Review Act Disapprovals

July 19, 2021

Todd Gaziano and Professor Jonathan Adler discuss the CRA and the ramifications of its use on the three rules this year.

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Deep Dive Episode 161 – Congressional Review Act: First Branch Gets the Last Word

February 4, 2021

In this live podcast, experts review the overriding purposes of the CRA and do a deep dive into its technical elements.

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Deep Dive Episode 71 – Accounting for Race 101: Virginia Universities and Racial Preferences

October 7, 2019

This episode features audio from a September 10 panel that explored the implications of a study by the Center for Equal Opportunity that examines how five Virginia public universities preference certain applicants based on race.

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Accounting for Race 101: Virginia Universities and Racial Preferences

September 24, 2019

On September 10, 2019, The Federalist Society hosted a luncheon co-sponsored with the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO). CEO released and presented a new study and report entitled “Race and Ethnicity in Undergraduate Admissions at Five Virginia Universities,” which examined how admissions programs at five Virginia public universities (University of Virginia, College of William & Mary, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, and George Mason University) preference certain applicants based on race. The results of the study and its implications for the broader academic discussion of racial preferences in college admissions were discussed by the panelists.

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Deep Dive Episode 65 – Subdelegations of Rulemaking Power and the Appointments Clause

July 25, 2019

In this episode, experts discuss whether the constitution permits inferior officers in federal agencies to issue binding rules.

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Deep Dive Episode 26 – Is the FDA’s Rule on Cigars & Vaping Products Constitutional?

April 3, 2018

Todd Gaziano (Pacific Legal Foundation) and Michael Edney (Norton Rose Fulbright) discuss the constitutional implications of the FDA’s 2016 rule on cigars and vaping products.

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