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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Fidelity to the Constitution

by Clint Bolickvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 9, 2018

Textualism holds that judges enforce the Constitution and not their own preferences. It may seem a mere legal theory, but our freedoms depend on it.

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Let the States Incubate

by Clint Bolickvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

Where it’s allowed to thrive, federalism keeps American governance nimble and innovative.

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The Case For Legal Textualism

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

There are many philosophies of legal interpretation, but only one that best safeguards the rule of law and the Constitution.

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Federalism Rediscovered

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 9, 2017

In the age of Trump, the Constitution is safeguarding the liberty of Americans. 

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Native American Children: Separate But Equal?

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A bizarre federal law intended to protect Indian kids actually threatens their constitutional rights and even their lives. 

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Long Live Magna Carta!

by Clint Bolickvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 16, 2015

Democracies’ great debt to the Great Charter. (America’s may be the greatest.)

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Nevada Places A Bet On School Choice

by Clint Bolickvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Education savings accounts are available to all of the state’s 385,000 public-school students.

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Jeb Bush’s Conservative Immigration Agenda

by Clint Bolickvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 1, 2015

Pundits who claim he is for ‘amnesty’ are wrong. His goal is to bolster the economy and the nation’s security.

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Let’s Take The Carriage-Horse Fight To Court

by Clint Bolickvia Daily News (NY)
Friday, December 12, 2014

The death sentence could be swift and absolute: If Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, New York’s horse-drawn carriage industry, after more than 150 years of thriving existence, will cease to exist on May 31, 2016.

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The End of FDA Paternalism?

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 14, 2014

A popular state-wide initiative called “Right to Try” brings life-saving drugs to terminally ill patients.