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Nick Dranias

President & Executive Director, Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc.

Nick Dranias is President & Executive Director within the Office of the President of Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc., and also maintains a limited side practice of law and policy analysis. He previously served as General Counsel and Constitutional Policy Director for the Goldwater Institute, where he held the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and directed the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government. Dranias led the Goldwater Institute’s successful challenge to Arizona’s system of government campaign financing to the Supreme Court. He remains "Of Counsel" for the Institute in representing the City of Tombstone in a fight to protect its 130 year old municipal water supply from U.S. Forest Service overreach. Dranias also serves as a constitutional scholar, authoring scholarly articles dealing with a wide spectrum of issues in constitutional and regulatory policy. Dranias’ latest significant works are In Defense of Private Civic Engagement (forthcoming Cato Institute) and Introducing "Article V 2.0:" The Compact for a Balanced Budget (Heartland Institute/Federalist Society). Prior to joining the Goldwater Institute, Dranias was an attorney with the Institute for Justice for three years and an attorney in private practice in Chicago for eight years. In law school, Dranias served on the Loyola University Chicago Law Review, competed on Loyola’s National Labor Law Moot Court Team, and received various academic awards. He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.


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Upcoming Events
Regulate Politicians Not Citizens--How to Fix Campaign Finance Reform
Indiana-Bloomington Student Chapter
February 03, 2015
Publications and Multimedia
Introducing “Article V 2.0”: The Compact for a Balanced Budget
Engage Volume 15, Issue 2
August 22, 2014
Water Access Rights: City of Tombstone v. USA, et al - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
April 04, 2013
The Compact Clause and Interstate Compacts - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
February 21, 2012