Scott Bullock: Wait, This Can Happen in America? How the Government Can Stop You From Earning a Living and Take Your Home, Cash, or Car — and How You Can Fight Back

October 22, 2019 | 4:00–5:00 PM | Broyhill Auditorium, Farrell Hall, Wake Forest University School of Business

Scott Bullock joined the Institute for Justice at its founding in 1991. In January 2016, he became its second President and General Counsel. IJ pursues strategic public interest litigation that combines courtroom advocacy with media relations, activism, and strategic research to secure constitutional protection for individual rights.

Before becoming president, Bullock served as a senior attorney and litigated a wide variety of constitutional challenges in federal and state courts, including some of IJ’s most iconic cases.

He was involved in many cases challenging the use of eminent domain for private development. He argued the historic Kelo v. City of New London, one of the most controversial and widely discussed U.S. Supreme Court decisions in decades. Following Kelo, Bullock worked extensively on grassroots and legislative campaigns with homeowners, small business owners, and activists to foment the nationwide backlash against eminent domain abuse.

Bullock’s articles and views on constitutional litigation have appeared in a wide variety of media. He has published articles in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and he has appeared on 60 Minutes, ABC Nightly News, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and National Public Radio, among many other publications and broadcasts.

His volunteer activities have included serving on the boards of a Washington, D.C.-based music and cultural center dedicated to the promotion of jazz and a national forfeiture reform organization.

Bullock was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and grew up in Jeannette and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.A. in economics and philosophy from Grove City College.