Clint Bolick, a constitutional law expert who is the Director of the Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute, will be the featured speaker during Oklahoma City University School of Law’s annual Brennan Lecture October 19, 2011. Bolick’s lecture, “State Constitutions as a Bulwark for Freedom,” will address individual liberty and protections found in state constitutions defending those rights.

Recognized as a legal pioneer, Bolick has argued and won cases in the United States Supreme Court, the Arizona Supreme Court, and state and federal courts from coast to coast. He has won landmark precedents defending school choice, freedom of enterprise, and private property rights.

Bolick helped author the Health Care Freedom Act and the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment, which were added to the Arizona Constitution in 2010 and adopted in several other states. He also has assisted policy activists in several states to establish litigation centers based on the Goldwater Institute model. In 2003, American Lawyer recognized Bolick as one of three lawyers of the year for his successful defense of school choice programs, culminating in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bolick most recently authored Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold Over Economic Liberty (2011) and David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary (2007). In addition to his work at the Goldwater Institute, Bolick serves as a research fellow with the Hoover Institution.

The Brennan Lecture begins at 5 p.m. on October 19, 2011 and will take place in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom at OCU LAW’s Sarkeys Law Center (NW 23rd and Kentucky). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Named in honor of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., the Brennan Lecture at OCU LAW brings leading scholars in state constitutional law to campus. The Brennan Lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government, under the direction of Professor of Law Andrew Spiropoulos. By sponsoring workshops, scholarly writing and public lectures, the Center takes advantage of its location in the heart of Oklahoma’s capital city to promote scholarship and discussion on important issues relating to state and local government.

For more information on the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government, click here.

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