Goldwater Institute Tucson Speaker Series Luncheon
"Local governments touch the intimate lives of every American every day. They operate the schools most of our children attend. They determine the permissible uses of our property. They regulate the terms and conditions of business and employment...They do so usually out of sight and out of mind, and as a result they are often out of control."
When Clint Bolick graduated from Drew University in 1979, he planned to change the world as a history teacher. Instead, he followed an interest in constitutional law, earning a JD from the University of California, Davis, and went on to make history rather than teach it.
As president and general counsel of the Alliance for School Choice, Bolick leads the organization in its mission to improve K-12 education by implementing publicly funded school choice programs that provide low-income families with educational opportunity. Prior to his work at the Alliance, Bolick co-founded and served as vice president of the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm whose mission is to restore constitutional limits on the power of government by litigating to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech, and other vital individual liberties. Most notably, Bolick defended the constitutionality of Cleveland's voucher program in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, a monumental victory, which paved the way for future school choice programs around the country. In what became "the greatest day for wine consumers since the invention of the corkscrew," Bolick litigated in the U. S. Supreme Court case Granholm v. Heald, a decision which eliminated regulatory barriers on direct-to-consumer wine shipping and gave greater definition to the Commerce Clause.
Bolick is a Goldwater Institute senior fellow and counsel for strategic litigation at the Institute for Justice. He is the author of several books including, Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Liberty, and Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle over School Choice. In 2003, American Lawyer named Bolick one of the nation's three lawyers of the year.
As the nation adds two new justices to the Supreme Court, please join the Goldwater Institute and Clint Bolick for an insider's look at the battle for individual liberty in Arizona and across the United States.
December 1, 2005, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 North Resort Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85750