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Scott Bullock

Institute for Justice
President
Scott Bullock joined the Institute for Justice at its founding in 1991. In January 2016, he became its second President and General Counsel. Before becoming president, he served as a senior attorney and litigated a wide variety of constitutional challenges in federal and state courts. In the property rights area, Bullock was involved in many cases challenging the use of eminent domain for private development. He argued the historic case, Kelo v. City of New London, one of the most controversial and widely discussed U.S. Supreme Court decisions in decades. Bullock also founded and directed the Institute’s initiative against civil forfeiture, a nationwide effort to challenge the ability of governments to take property from owners without a criminal conviction. Among his work on other constitutional issues, Bullock was lead counsel in IJ’s representation of the monks of St. Joseph Abbey in their successful challenge to a Louisiana law that prevented them from selling hand-made wooden caskets.