Anthony Sanders


Senior Attorney

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Anthony Sanders is an attorney at the Institute for Justice Minnesota office (IJ-MN), which he joined in 2010. He litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting economic liberty, private property, freedom of speech and other individual liberties in both federal and state courts across the country.

One area Anthony focuses his practice on is using state constitutions to protect individual rights. He has litigated before the Minnesota Supreme Court three different times in cases interpreting the Minnesota Constitution’s protection of property rights.  He also successfully argued that the city of Milwaukee’s limit on the number of taxicabs violated the Wisconsin Constitution. His work on state constitutions extends outside the courtroom.  He recently organized a legal symposium at New York University School of Law on economic liberty and state constitutions, and before he joined IJ published an article in the American University Law Review analyzing state constitutional protections of economic liberties in all 50 states. He has written many other articles in publications such as the Iowa Law Review and the Minnesota Law Review and has published opinion pieces in leading media outlets across the country.

Prior to joining IJ-MN, Anthony served as a law clerk to Justice W. William Leaphart on the Montana Supreme Court. Anthony also worked for several years in private practice in Chicago.

Anthony received his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004, where he served as an articles submission editor for the Minnesota Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A dual U.S. and U.K. citizen, Anthony grew up on the islands of Vashon in Washington State, and Alderney in the British Channel Islands.

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  • March 1, 2011    |    Strategic Research

    Forfeiting Accountability

    Georgia Law Enforcement's Hidden Civil Forfeiture Funds

    Georgia has some of the worst civil forfeiture laws in the country. But at least state law requires law enforcement to publicly report annual forfeiture proceeds and expenditures. Public reporting ought to help check abuse and prevent forfeiture funds from becoming off-the-books slush funds. Unfortunately, Forfeiting Accountability, like an earlier state audit, finds that these…

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