Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for 25 years, is now leaving for a new position at the Cato Institute. Olson, an expert on over-litigation, runs the site Overlawyered and helped launch MI's popular PointofLaw.com. Before the Manhattan Institute, he was at the American Enterprise Institute.
From an Manhattan Institute release today:
After two decades of pioneering work in litigation reform, Walter Olson is leaving the Manhattan Institute to accept a new position as Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. Wally was the first scholar to understand the size and systematic nature of runaway litigation in the American legal system.
In addition to commissioning Peter Huber's landmark book, Liability, he is the author of three major volumes in the field: The Litigation Explosion, The Excuse Factory, and The Rule of Lawyers. His work was widely cited and reviewed and influenced important policymakers and journalists from Karl Rove to John Stossel. He also founded and edited the first legal blog, Overlawyered.com, which launched in 1999.
Wally is one of a handful of scholars who helped to shape the Manhattan Institute's unique intellectual identity for turning intellect into influence. We all wish him well in his new venture.
Larry Mone, President, Manhattan Institute
Since I started at the MI, it has been my pleasure to work with senior fellow Walter Olson, who led the launch of the Manhattan Institute's award-winning legal web magazine, PointofLaw.com, in 2004. We are confident that Point of Law will continue to earn accolades under the leadership of founding contributor Ted Frank, whom the Center for Legal Policy is happy to welcome as a Manhattan Institute adjunct fellow and the site's new editor.
Jim Copland, Director, Center for Legal Policy