Joshua Windham

Attorney and Elfie Gallun Fellow in Freedom and the Constitution


The North Carolina Bar

Josh Windham is an attorney at the Institute for Justice and IJ’s current Elfie Gallun Fellow in Freedom and the Constitution.

Josh joined IJ’s headquarters office in 2016. He received his law degree earlier that year from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served as president of the Federalist Society and externed for the Honorable Robert Numbers in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Before that, Josh graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Since starting at IJ, Josh has litigated in defense of economic liberty and property rights, with a focus on state constitutions. In 2020, he secured a major Pennsylvania Supreme Court victory holding that the Pennsylvania Constitution demands greater protection for economic liberty than the U.S. Constitution. In 2022, he convinced a state trial court that the Tennessee Constitution offers more protection from warrantless searches of private land than the U.S. Constitution. Josh is also the co-director of IJ’s Project on the Fourth Amendment, which aims to bolster all Americans’ right to be secure in their persons and property.

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Good Fences? Good Luck

4th Amendment Project | Open Fields Doctrine

Good Fences? Good Luck

Released in the Cato Institute’s Regulation magazine, IJ’s study “Good Fences? Good Luck” is the first study to put a number on the amount of private property vulnerable to warrantless searches by federal agents thanks to a…

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