Clint Bolick serves as the director of the Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute. The Goldwater Institute's Center for Constitutional Litigation is the first of its kind and a new avenue for free-market organizations to advance freedom in the states.
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.
Before joining the Goldwater Institute, Bolick was a co-founder and former vice president of the Institute for Justice and former president and general counsel of the Alliance for School Choice.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s Bolick helped lead the effort to increase judicial scrutiny of racial classifications in areas such as public employment and interracial adoptions. He also designed a legal strategy to restore judicial recognition of economic liberty which resulted in several landmark rulings invalidating regulatory barriers to enterprise.
Bolick is the author of several books including, Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle Over School Choice and Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government & the Erosion of Liberty. His most recent book, David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary, was released in April, 2007.
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.” His most recent book, David’s Hammer, was chosen for the June 2007 Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty. In 2008 he received the Champion of Law and Liberty award from the Legal Times, which honored him for upholding the legal profession's core values and fighting to expand liberties and protect civil rights.