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Clark Neily

Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
Clark Neily

Clark Neily joined the Institute for Justice as a senior attorney in
 2000.  He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice, First Amendment, and other constitutional cases in both federal and state 
courts.

Clark has represented entrepreneurs and property owners in more than twenty states across the country. He served as counsel in a successful challenge to Nevada’s monopolistic limousine licensing practices and led IJ’s opposition to a nationwide effort to cartelize the interior design industry through anticompetitive licensing laws.  In his private capacity, Clark represented the plaintiffs in District of Columbia v. Heller, the historic case 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.

Clark is also the Director of IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement, 
which was created to challenge the unconstitutional expansion of 
government by articulating a principled vision of judicial review, educating the public about the importance of a properly engaged 
judiciary, and advocating the Constitution as a charter of liberty and a 
bulwark against the illegitimate assumption of government power.  Clark has written a book about judicial engagement, titled Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government.

Before joining the Institute for Justice, Clark spent four years as a litigator at the Dallas-based firm Thompson & Knight, where he worked on a wide variety of matters including professional malpractice, First Amendment and media law, complex commercial cases, and intellectual property litigation. Clark received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas, where he was Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Royce Lamberth on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


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Publications and Multimedia
Regulatory Barriers to Innovation - Event Audio/Video
Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 20, 2016
Should Federal Law Enjoy a Presumption of Constitutionality? - Audio/Video
Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 24, 2015
The Conscience of the Constitution - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
February 07, 2014
Government Transparency and FOIA - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
November 06, 2013
Terms of Engagement - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
October 14, 2013
Speaking Freely in Business - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
January 27, 2012
Law School Accreditation - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
McDonald v. City of Chicago – Post-Argument Debate SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-03-10 featuring J. Gordon Hylton, Clark Neily, & Steven G. Calabresi
March 03, 2010
McDonald v. City of Chicago – Cert Granted SCOTUScast Debate
SCOTUScast 11-09-2009 featuring Kurt Lash, Nelson Lund, and Clark Neily
November 09, 2009
The Heller Case - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2008
Parker v. District of Columbia: DC Gun Ban Case
Online Debate
August 31, 2007