Clint Bolick

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Clint Bolick is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and also serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona.  Previously he was the director of the Goldwater Institute Center for Constitutional Litigation in Phoenix.

A legal pioneer in a number of areas, Bolick is perhaps best known for his leadership in defending state-based school choice programs. He has argued and won significant cases in both state and federal courts, winning school choice victories in the Supreme Courts of Wisconsin, Ohio, and Arizona, as well as in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris before the Supreme Court of the United States. Bolick has also set landmark precedents defending freedom of enterprise and private property rights and challenging corporate subsidies and racial classifications.

Before joining the Goldwater Institute in 2007, Bolick was cofounder of the Institute for Justice and former president of the Alliance for School Choice.

Bolick helped author the Health Care Freedom Act and the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment, both of which were added to the Arizona Constitution in 2010 and adopted in several other states. He also has assisted policy activists in several states in establishing litigation centers based on the Goldwater Institute model.

Bolick is the author of several books, most recently Two-Fer: Electing a President and a Supreme Court (Hoover Institution Press, 2012), Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold over Economic Liberty (Hoover Institution Press, 2011) and David’s Hammer:The Case for an Activist Judiciary (2007). Other publications include Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Liberty (Hoover Institution Press, 2004) and Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle over School Choice (2003).

The recipient of many honors, Bolick was named one of three Lawyers of the Year in 2003 by American Lawyer. In 2006, Bolick was the recipient of a Bradley Prize for excellence in “strengthening American democratic capitalism.” In 2009, Legal Times named Bolick one of the “90 greatest Washington lawyers of the past 30 years.”

Bolick received his law degree from the University of California at Davis in 1982 and his undergraduate degree from Drew University in 1979.

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Federalism: A Cure For What Ails The U.S.

by Clint Bolickvia The Washington Times
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Of late it seems our nation is neither one nor indivisible. The divide between red and blue America is palpable, extreme and so rancorous it sometimes spills into violence. Bipartisanship is largely defunct and our nation’s legislative branch essentially frozen.

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Abolish School Districts, A New Book Proposes

interview with Paul E. Peterson, Clint Bolickvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 26, 2021

The 44th Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, Clint Bolick, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Justice Bolick’s book new book, "Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System," co-written with Kate J. Hardiman.


Learning To Change: New Takes On Education Reform

featuring Clint Bolick, Kate J. Hardimanvia The Federalist Society
Thursday, July 15, 2021
“Education is America’s great conundrum,” say Clint Bolick and Kate J. Hardiman in their new book, Unshackled: Freeing America’s K-12 Education System.

How Schools Can Turn the Page

by Jonathan Movroydis interview with Clint Bolick, Kate J. Hardimanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

At a time of countless programs for reform, Clint Bolick and Kate J. Hardiman champion reforms that will work.

In Search of a Breakthrough

by Clint Bolick, Kate J. Hardimanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 26, 2021

Schools need top-to-bottom transformation—now.

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: An Immigration War Without End

interview with Clint Bolick, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Why immigration reform remains elusive and what fixes are most sensible.

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K-12 Education Was Broken Long Before The Pandemic. Let's Rethink It

by Kate J. Hardiman, Clint Bolickvia The Washington Examiner
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

COVID-19 has disrupted American life in many ways, but its effect on our children has been particularly devastating.

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In Search Of An Education Breakthrough

by Clint Bolick, Kate J. Hardimanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Schools need top-to-bottom transformation, and there’s no more time to waste.


Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System

by Clint Bolick, Kate J. Hardimanvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

How should we design a K–12 school system for the 21st century? Unshackled explores how to leverage decentralization, school choice, and technology to further freedom and flexibility in education.

Fear Is Not Our Master

by Clint Bolickvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020

The Constitution is clear: even during emergencies, government powers remain limited.