Leonard Leo

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Leonard Leo
Nationality American
Alma mater Cornell University
Cornell Law School
Occupation Lawyer
Known for Executive vice president of Federalist Society
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Spouse(s) Sally
Children 7

Leonard Leo is an American lawyer who currently serves as executive vice president of the Federalist Society.[2]


Leo was appointed by President George W. Bush and the United States Senate to three terms on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.[3] He has been a U.S. Delegate to the UN Council and UN Commission on Human Rights as well as the Organization of Security and Cooperation and World Health Assembly. Leo has served as an observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization and as a member of the U.S. National Commission to UNESCO.

Leo previously served as National Co-Chairman of Catholic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, and as the 2004 Bush presidential campaign's Catholic Strategist. With James Taranto, he edited the book Presidential Leadership. Leo is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School.

Leo organized efforts in support of the John Roberts and Samuel Alito U.S. Supreme Court confirmations.[4][5] He received the 2009 Bradley Prize.[6]

Leo has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post.[7][8][9] He is a board member of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

In 2016, after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Leo helped arrange funding to rename George Mason University's Law School the Antonin Scalia Law School.[10]


  • Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House (Simon & Schuster, 2004), co-editor


  1. ^ Carney, Timothy (October 11, 2006). "Of Catholics, the Court and Nov. 7". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Leonard A. Leo". Federalist Society. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Prodromou, Elizabeth; Leo, Leonard (July 1, 2011). "Protecting Religious Freedom Abroad". Harvard International Review. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Kirkpatrick, David (July 22, 2005). "A Year of Work to Sell Roberts to Conservatives". New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Cook, Robin (Fall 2006). "Confirmation of High Court Justices Akin to Political Campaign, Leo Says". UVA Lawyer. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bradley Prize recipient Leonard Leo begins chairmanship of religious-freedom commission". Bradley Foundation. July 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Leo, Leonard (January 9, 2006). "Thirty Questions for Alito: Finality and Fallibility". New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Leo, Leonard; Argue, Donald (April 12, 2010). "Nigeria's Descent Into Religious Strife". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Leo, Leonard (January 19, 2011). "Confronting China's Failure on Religious Freedom". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Sloan, Karen (March 31, 2016). "George Mason Law School To Become Antonin Scalia School of Law". The National Law Journal. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

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