Clark Neily

Cato Institute and George Mason University

Clark Neily is a Senior Vice President for Legal Studies at the Cato Institute and Adjunct Professor at George Mason's Antonin Scalia School of Law. where he teaches constitutional litigation and public-interest law. Neily earned both his B.A. and J.D. at the University of Texas at Austin where he was Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. Before he joined the Cato Institute in June 2017, Neily worked as a Senior Attorney and Constitutional Litigator at the Institute for Justice from 2000-2017, and as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas School of Law. Neily's law career began as Clerk for the Hon. Royce C. Lamberth from 1994-1995, and continued as an Associate in the Trial Department of the law firm Thompson & Knight. Neily served as co-counsel during the historic District of Columbia vs. Heller case. Neily is a frequent contributor to organizations such as The Federalist Society and Institute for Human Studies, and has published many law reviews in journals such as the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Texas Review of Law and Politics, and the George Mason Law Review. Neily is also the author of the book Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution's Promise of Limited Government, and has also written a chapter for's book Visions of Liberty.