Evan Bernick

Assistant Director, Center for Judicial Engagement, Institute for Justice
Evan Bernick

Evan Bernick is the Assistant Director of IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement. He joined the Institute in July 2014, and he works to educate the public and persuade judges about the need for a properly engaged judiciary that enforces all of the Constitution’s limits on government in every case.

Before joining IJ, Mr. Bernick was a Koch Associate and Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he focused on the problem of overcriminalization—the use of the criminal law to target conduct that most reasonable people wouldn’t expect to be illegal in the first place. He chronicled stories of victims of overcriminalization and wrote op-eds, issue briefs, and legal memorandums about constitutional law, sentencing policy, and police militarization, among other subjects. His work has appeared in such places as Time Magazine,, the Washington Times, the Chicago-Sun Times, and National Review Online. Prior to Heritage, he worked at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty as a legal intern and at the Cato Institute as a legal associate.

Mr. Bernick received his J.D. from the University Chicago Law School in 2011. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2008.

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Publications and Multimedia
Lions Under the Bureaucracy: Defending Judicial Deference to the Administrative State
Federalist Society Review, Volume 18
February 15, 2017
The Right to Try: America's Drug Approval Regime - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
April 07, 2016
Book Review: The Right to Try
Engage, Volume 17, Issue 1
February 01, 2016