James T. Knight, II

Law & Liberty Fellow

Education

Fordham University, B.A., 2016
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2019

Memberships

Licensed in the District of Columbia

James T. Knight II is a Law & Liberty Fellow at the Institute for Justice. Before coming to IJ, James was a legal associate in the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies.

James earned his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2019. At Georgetown he was a senior article editor on the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy and a Bradley Fellow with the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. During law school, James interned at the D.C. Superior Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Cato Institute.

James graduated, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Fordham University in 2016, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and treasurer of the Debate Society. He is originally from New Hampshire.

James's Cases

Other Property Rights Abuses | Private Property

Landowners sue to stop warrantless searches 

For years, wildlife officers in Pennsylvania have been ignoring the privacy rights of hunters under the so-called “open fields doctrine,” which posits that private land doesn’t receive privacy protections. This IJ suit challenges the constitutionality…

Civil Forfeiture | Private Property

Texas Forfeiture II

Harris County, Texas, has an unconstitutional financial incentive for law enforcement to seize property and cash excessively without probable cause, often sweeping up innocent people in the process. Ameal Woods and Jordan Davis are two…

James's Amicus Briefs