About the Author
Evan Bernick is the Assistant Director of the Center for Judicial
Engagement at the Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty.
He works to educate the public and persuade judges about the need to
enforce all of the Constitution’s limits on government in every case.
Before joining IJ, Bernick was a Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage
Foundation, where he focused on the problem of overcriminalization—
the use of the criminal law to target conduct that most people would not
expect to be illegal in the first place. He chronicled stories of victims of
overcriminalization and wrote op-eds, issue briefs, and legal memoranda
about constitutional law, sentencing policy, and police militarization,
among other subjects.
Bernick’s work has appeared in such places as Time, USA Today, Fox
News.com, The Washington Times, The Chicago-Sun Times, National
Review Online, The Daily Signal and Engage: The Journal of the Federalist
Society Practice Groups.
Bernick received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in
2011. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2008.