Anthony Sanders

Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement

Anthony Sanders is the Director of the Institute for Justice’s Center for Judicial Engagement (CJE), and a senior attorney. He joined IJ in 2010. As CJE’s director, he educates the public about the proper role of judges in enforcing constitutional limits on the size and scope of government. As a senior attorney 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 of Anthony’s expertise is on using state constitutions to protect individual rights. He has litigated several cases in various state courts on state constitutional protections. He has also written several law review articles on state constitutional law, unenumerated rights, judicial review, and other subjects. His work has appeared in publications such as the Iowa Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Rutgers Law Review, and he has published opinion pieces in leading media outlets across the country. You can access some of his scholarly publications here. He also often posts at the CJE Blog. Further, he regularly speaks to various audiences on these matters and others, including judicial engagement, free speech, civil forfeiture, and the continuing importance of Magna Carta. Additionally, he hosts the weekly Short Circuit podcast.

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.

Anthony's Cases

Economic Liberty | Food Freedom | Wine

Minnesota Farm Wineries Fight for Free Trade

A little-known but onerous state law prevented Minnesota vineyards from making a majority of their wine from grapes grown outside Minnesota. IJ partnered with two vineyards to fight this law, and eventually a federal district…

Private Property | Rental Inspections

Red Wing Rental Inspections

Under Red Wing, Minn.’s rental inspection ordinance, it is easier for the government to force its way into the homes of law-abiding citizens than to search the home of a suspected criminal.

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Anthony's Research & Reports

Forfeiting Accountability

Civil Forfeiture | Private Property

Forfeiting Accountability

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…

Anthony's Amicus Briefs

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Anthony's News, Articles & Publications

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