University of California, San Diego, B.A., 2009
The George Washington University, J.D., 2012


State Bar of California
State Bar of Nevada
Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States
Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Michael Cherry, Supreme Court of Nevada

Joshua House is an attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined IJ in August 2015 and litigates constitutional cases protecting property rights, educational choice, and other civil liberties.

Josh has spearheaded IJ’s efforts to fight abusive municipal code enforcement, filing several class actions and testifying before the US Commission on Civil Rights. He successfully represented the residents of Pagedale, Missouri in their challenge to Pagedale’s use of court fines and fees to generate city revenues.

Josh has also defended school choice at numerous state supreme courts, including a successful defense of West Virginia’s groundbreaking education savings account program.

Josh’s writing has been featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Orange County Register, the Reno Gazette-Journal, and the Connecticut Law Review.

Joshua's Cases

Private Property

Humboldt Abatements

In Humboldt County, the government issues ruinous fines for things people didn’t do because it doesn’t bother to investigate. Innocent landowners then have to appeal the fines to prove their innocence at a hearing the…

Educational Choice | Publicly Funded Scholarships

West Virginia School Choice

West Virginia parents intervene to defend one of the nation's best school choice programs to help obtain the education that will best meet the needs of their children.

Economic Liberty | Fresh Start | Occupational Licensing

California Firefighter Fresh Start

Dario Gurrola is a part-time firefighter who wants to turn his passion into a full-time job. But California prevents him from getting an EMT license because of a prior criminal conviction for which he’s already…

Educational Choice

Washington Work Study

Summit Christian Academy wanted to hire college students to be tutors under the state’s work-study program, but Washington officials barred the academy from doing so, simply because it’s a religious school. After IJ got involved…

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Joshua's Amicus Briefs

Joshua's News, Articles & Publications


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