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.
Other Property Rights Abuses | Private Property
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
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…
Economic Liberty | First Amendment | Occupational Licensing
Michael Jones uses his drone to take photos for clients, but North Carolina argues that in doing so he’s practicing “land surveying” and needs a license. However, that’s not at all what he’s doing and…
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Cleveland Botanical Garden v. Wade
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