Bradley Prize recipient Clint Bolick directs the Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix. Previously, Bolick was President and General Counsel of the Alliance for School Choice (ASC). Earlier, he co-founded and was vice president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice (IJ), a public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C.
At ASC, IJ, and even earlier at the Landmark Legal Foundation, Bolick has tenaciously fought for the rights of low-income parents to choose where to send their children to school. At IJ, among other things, he led a litigation team that helped successfully defended the constitutionality of school-choice programs across the United States. In 2003, American Lawyer recognized Bolick as one of the country’s three best lawyers of the year for his work on choice.
Bolick loves to quote Thomas Paine. In a 1997 paper for The Heritage Foundation, for just one example, Bolick wrote that Paine “made a prophetic observation: ‘Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.’ This is good advice. Members of Congress, state legislators, and parents dedicated to giving their children the best of educational opportunities should not forget it.”
Genial in persona but resolute on principles, in addition to his hundreds of legal briefs, Bolick is the author of numerous books — most recently including Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold over Economic Liberty.
Bolick was an assistant to Clarence Thomas during the latter’s chairmanship of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Bolick earned his undergraduate degree from Drew University in Madison, N.J., and his law degree from the University of California-Davis.