Clark Neily

Clark Neily joined the Institute for Justice as a sr. attorney in 2000. He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice, First Amendment, and other constitutional cases in both federal and state. Clark has represented parents and children in defense of Florida’s Opportunity Scholarship Program and school choice programs in Arizona, Maine, Milwaukee. Clark helped create the Institute’s Center for Judicial Engagement, designed to challenge the unconstitutional expansion of government by advocating the Constitution as a charter of liberty against the illegitimate assumption of government power. Clark wrote a book about judicial engagement, titled Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government and in his private capacity served as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in D.C. v. Heller, in which the Supreme Court announced for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a gun for self-defense.