Hungry Minds Speaker Series

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Incarceration Nation: When Everything’s a Crime, Everyone’s a Criminal

America has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its prisoners. We incarcerate a higher proportion of our population than any other country in the world, often for purely nonviolent crimes. This extraordinarily punitive mindset is reflected in the conduct of many law enforcement officials, who use violent, deceptive, and constitutionally dubious tactics to investigate crimes, prosecute alleged wrongdoers, and enrich their agencies through civil forfeiture. The so-called Drug War has devolved into a wholesale assault upon the Bill of Rights, including particularly the Fourth Amendment right to be free of reasonable searches and seizures and the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial, which has been all but destroyed through coercive plea bargaining. Meanwhile, it is virtually impossible to hold police and prosecutors accountable for even the most blatant misconduct because they benefit from a panoply of exemptions and immunities that ensure they are held not to higher standard than ordinary citizens, as they should be, but to a much lower standard.

A Dinner and Talk featuring
Clark Neily
Senior Attorney
Institute for Justice
Director, Center for Judicial Engagement


Saturday, October 24, 2015
5:00 – 9:00 PM

C.B. & Potts
6575 S Greenwood Plaza Blvd
Englewood, CO 80111

5:00 PM: Cocktails, Dinner (Cash)
7:00 PM: Announcements
7:15 PM: Talk with Q/A

Advance General Admission: $35 per person ($40 after 10/16)
At the Door General Admission: $40 per person
Seating at Head Table with Speaker (space limited): $75 ($80 after 10/16)
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Online reservations through October 21, or at the door.

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About the speaker:

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.
Clark has represented entrepreneurs and property owners in more than twenty states across the country. He served as counsel in a successful challenge to Nevada’s monopolistic limousine licensing practices and led IJ’s opposition to a nationwide effort to cartelize the interior design industry through anticompetitive licensing laws. In his private capacity, Clark represented 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 own a gun for self-defense.
Clark is also the Director of IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement, which was created to challenge the unconstitutional expansion of government by articulating a principled vision of judicial review, educating the public about the importance of a properly engaged judiciary, and advocating the Constitution as a charter of liberty and a bulwark against the illegitimate assumption of government power. Clark has written a book about judicial engagement, titled Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government.
Before joining the Institute for Justice, Clark spent four years as a litigator at the Dallas-based firm Thompson & Knight, where he worked on a wide variety of matters including professional malpractice, First Amendment and media law, 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.
Clark Neily is a member of the DC and Texas bars.

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