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Brandt Foundation Lectures Presents Public Policy and Legal Expert Robert Levy Oct. 3

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 10:15 am / September 29, 2011

Brandt Foundation Lectures presents public policy and legal expert Robert A. Levy at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom at Boise State. The eighth annual Brandt Foundation Lecture is made possible by Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and the John and Orah Brandt Foundation.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; the event is free and no tickets are required. Free designated parking will be provided near the Student Union Building in the parking garage at Lincoln Avenue and University Drive.

Levy is chairman of the Cato Institute’s board of directors. He joined Cato as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business. He also sits on boards of the Institute for Justice, the Federalist Society and the George Mason University School of Law. Levy founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of financial information and software, and was its CEO until 1991. He clerked for Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

From 1997 until 2004, Levy was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. He has written numerous articles on investments, law and public policy for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review and numerous other publications. Levy also is called on to discuss public policy on national radio and TV programs, including Nightline, Crossfire, The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball and the Today Show.

His latest book, co-authored with William Mellor, is “The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.”

Levy received his Ph.D. in business from the American University and his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law. He was co-counsel for the plaintiff in the District of Columbia v. Heller Second Amendment case (2008) in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the D.C. ban on handguns, upholding an individual’s right to keep and bear arms that extends beyond the context of militia service.

In 2004, the Brandt Foundation pledged a generous annual contribution to Boise State’s College of Business and Economics that created a named professorship and secured funding for a lecture series. For more information, visit or call 426-1125.