Atlas Network Trendsetters presents Litigating for Liberty: The Vital Role of the Courts in Enforcing Constitutional Rights and Limits on Government Power, with Scott G. Bullock, president of the Institute for Justice (IJ).
As politicians and bureaucrats aim to exercise ever more control over our lives, the courts have a vital role to play in enforcing the limits on government power set forth in the Constitution. IJ's President and General Counsel Scott G. Bullock will discuss how the organization's strategic public interest litigation transforms the law and public discourse on issues like civil forfeiture, the right to earn an honest living, parental choice in education, and eminent domain abuse. He will also share outrageous and inspiring stories of IJ clients who overcame steep odds and stood up not only for their own rights but for the constitutional liberties of all Americans guaranteed by the Constitution.
Atlas Network Trendsetters started in New York City as part of Atlas Network’s mission to strengthen the worldwide freedom movement, bringing together like-minded individuals who range in age from 21-45 years old. Each month, Atlas Network Trendsetters holds events featuring experts from different regions around the world. Join us for our monthly open-bar gatherings around the city to network and learn about top trends in the global freedom movement.
Scott G. Bullock joined the Institute for Justice (IJ) at its founding in 1991. In January 2016, he became its second President and General Counsel. IJ pursues strategic public interest litigation that combines courtroom advocacy with award-winning media relations, activism, and strategic research to secure constitutional protection for individual rights. Before becoming president, Bullock served as a senior attorney and litigated a wide variety of constitutional challenges in federal and state courts. Bullock has worked in litigating private property right abuses and challenging the use of eminent domain for private development. He has worked on grassroots campaigns throughout the country to protect the rights of "the little guy." He directed IJ's initiative against civil forfeiture, and he co-authored Policing for Profit. Bullock was lead counsel in IJ's representation of the monks of St. Joseph Abbey in their challenge to a Louisiana law that prevented them from selling hand-made wooden caskets. That case led to a landmark decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals protecting economic liberty. He established an early precedent extending free speech guarantees to Internet and software publishers. He has published articles in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on 60 Minutes, ABC Nightly News, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and National Public Radio, among many others. Bullock was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and grew up outside of Pittsburgh. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.A. in economics and philosophy from Grove City College.