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Clark Neily
Clark Neily
Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
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      Clark Neily

      Clark Neily joined the Institute for Justice as a senior attorney in 2000. He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice, First Amendment and other constitutional cases in both federal and state courts.

      He served as counsel in a successful challenge to Nevada’s limousine licensing practices, which effectively prevented small business-persons from operating their own limousine services in the Las Vegas area. He was the lead attorney in the Institute’s successful defense of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy against a lawsuit by the Michigan Education Association challenging the Center’s right to quote the MEA’s president in fundraising literature, and he is currently leading IJ’s opposition to a nationwide effort to cartelize the interior design industry through unnecessary and unreasonable occupational licensing.

      Clark is also the leader of the Institute’s school choice team. Besides representing parents and children in defense of Florida’s Opportunity Scholarship Program and school choice programs in Arizona, Milwaukee, and elsewhere, he has made numerous public appearances and participated in many debates in support of school choice.

      In his private capacity, Clark served as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in District of Columbia v. Heller, the historic case in which the Supreme Court announced for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep guns at home for self-defense.

      Before joining the Institute for Justice, Clark spent four years as a litigator at the Dallas-based firm Thompson & Knight, where he received first-chair trial experience and worked on a wide variety of matters including professional malpractice, First Amendment and media-related matters, complex commercial cases and intellectual property litigation.

      Clark received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas, where he was Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Royce Lamberth on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Making a federal case out of cat care

Ernest Hemingway’s house on Key West is now a museum where descendants of his famous six-toed cat, Snowball, roam the grounds. The federal government has tried to put the kibosh on these free-range felines, and the question is whether it has the authority to do so. Casting aside the Framers’ plan for limited government, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently said yes.

In Texas, a victory for freedom and horses

12:31 PM 11/11/2010

In a resounding victory for economic liberty, horse teeth floaters are back at work in the Lone Star State after beating back a four-year campaign by state-licensed veterinarians and the state vet board to put them out of business.