Robert Alt

Robert Alt

President & CEO, The Buckeye Institute

Robert Alt is the president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees.

Alt’s leadership has catalyzed The Buckeye Institute’s exponential growth since he took the organization’s helm in 2012. He is the founder of Buckeye’s Economic Research Center (ERC) and Legal Center.

Alt is a distinguished scholar with particular expertise in legal policy including criminal justice, national security, and constitutional law. Prior to heading The Buckeye Institute, Alt was a director in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies under former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III.

Alt is a frequent speaker at universities and law schools across the country, and his writings have appeared in countless publications. Alt is a longtime contributor to National Review Online and its Bench Memos blog. He has provided commentary on CNN, Fox News Channel, PBS and its affiliates, and numerous syndicated radio programs for more than two decades.

In 2004, Alt spent five months in Iraq as a war correspondent.

Alt has testified before Congress multiple times—including at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan—before the Federal Election Commission regarding matters of constitutional and administrative law, and before numerous state legislatures and committees.

Alt serves on the Federalist Society’s Columbus Lawyers Chapter Board and the Board of Advisors for the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University where he also taught classes in constitutional law and political parties and interest groups. Alt previously taught national security law, criminal law, and legislation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Alt earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was Symposium Editor and the winner of the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy as well as research assistant to renowned law professor Richard Epstein. Following law school, Alt clerked for Judge Alice Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Alt graduated with his B.A. in political science and philosophy magna cum laude from Azusa Pacific University where he won the Outstanding Senior Award in Political Science.




A person listed as a contributor has spoken or otherwise participated in Federalist Society events, publications, or multimedia presentations. A person's appearance on this list does not imply any other endorsement or relationship between the person and the Federalist Society. In most cases, the biographical information on a person's "contributor" page is provided directly by the person, and the Federalist Society does not edit or otherwise endorse that information. The Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues. All expressions of opinion by a contributor are those of the contributor.