Evan Bernick

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Assistant Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement


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Evan Bernick is the Assistant Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement at the Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty. He works to educate the public and persuade judges about the need to enforce all of the Constitution’s limits on government in every case.

Before joining IJ, Evan was a 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 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 memoranda about constitutional law, sentencing policy, and police militarization, among other subjects.

Evan’s work has appeared in such places as Time, USA Today, Fox News.com, The Washington Times, The Chicago-Sun Times, National Review Online, and The Daily Signal.

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

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  • October 5, 2016    |   

    Enforcing the Constitution

    How the Courts Performed in 2015-2016

    The Constitution was written to limit government power, but those limits are meaningless unless judges restrain public officials when they overstep their bounds. Judicial engagement is a cutting-edge approach to judicial review that ensures that Americans receive an honest, reasoned explanation in court whenever they allege a plausible abuse of government power.  Enforcing the Constitution…

  • October 5, 2015    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Enforcing the Constitution

    How the Courts Performed in 2014–2015

    The Constitution was written to limit government power, but those limits are meaningless unless judges restrain public officials when they overstep their bounds. Judicial engagement is a cutting-edge approach to judicial review that ensures that Americans receive an honest, reasoned explanation in court whenever they allege a plausible abuse of government power.  Enforcing the Constitution…

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