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The Canisius College Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society will welcome Walter Olson to campus on Wednesday, October 30 at 8:15 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event, “The Ideology of the Modern American Law School,” is free and open to the public.

Olson is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Previously he was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for Great Britain’s Times Online. The Washington Post has dubbed Olson the “intellectual guru of tort reform.” He has appeared numerous times before Congress and advised many public officials.

His most recent book, Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America (Encounter Books, 2011), was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “cutting edge commentary,” “astute,” “witty,” and hard-hitting.” Olson’s previous books The Rule of Lawyers and The Excuse Factory, concerning workplace lawsuits, were also met with accolades. His widely discussed first book, The Litigation Explosion, was cited by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a major Supreme Court case.

Olson’s writing appears regularly in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the New York Post. He founded and continues to run, widely cited as the oldest blog on the law as well as one of the most popular. Olson’s approximately 400 broadcast appearances include major networks such as CNN, Fox News, PBS, NPR as well as “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

For more information, contact The Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center at Ext. 2695.

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