Andrew Ward is an attorney with the Institute for Justice. He is a leader in IJ’s new collateral-consequences practice, which challenges laws that unfairly prevent people with criminal records from earning an honest living.
Andrew is currently challenging California’s near-total ban on EMT certification for people with felony records, which underlies the state’s bizarre practice of using inmates as firefighters and then barring them from firefighting because of their criminal histories. Andrew also led IJ’s first collateral-consequences case, a successful challenge to a Pennsylvania law that required would-be cosmetologists to prove that they were good people before they could work in skincare. The lawsuit helped inspire reform that eliminated vague “good moral character” requirements throughout the state.
Before joining IJ, Andrew clerked for Judge Edward Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has also been a litigation associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell and a law clerk to Judge Raymond Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Andrew received his law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University in 2014. He has undergraduate degrees in mathematics, physics, and English.