About the Authors

Jason Tiezzi

Jason Tiezzi is a data scientist who frequently collaborates with the Institute for Justice, including on projects such as Too Many Licenses? and the third editions of both License to Work and Policing for Profit. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in data science from the University of Virginia. 

Robert McNamara

Robert McNamara is the deputy director of litigation at the Institute for Justice. Since joining IJ in 2006, he has defended fundamental American liberties in state and federal courts nationwide, winning precedent-setting victories on behalf of entrepreneurs, property owners, and other victims of government overreach. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, along with numerous other outlets, and his work has been featured by television and radio programs ranging from CBS’s Sunday Morning to NPR’s All Things Considered.

Elyse Smith Pohl

Elyse Smith Pohl is a legal research and policy attorney at the Institute for Justice. She brings legal analysis to the social science and policy research developed by IJ’s strategic research team. Her areas of research include forfeiture, occupational licensing, and government accountability. Prior to joining IJ, she worked as an attorney in private practice. She earned her law degree from Ave Maria School of Law, her master’s degree in law from the University of Navarre in Spain, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.