When Governor Doug Ducey appointed Clint Bolick this month to the Arizona Supreme Court, progressives cringe because he is considered an anti-worker Ducey appointment, conservatives cringed because he was associated with Jeb Bush and Common Core. Those who know Bolick say that both progressives and conservatives should withhold their verdicts.
Five justices serve on the Arizona Supreme Court for a term of six years. The Supreme Court’s primary judicial duties under Article VI, §5 of the Arizona Constitution are to review appeals and to provide rules of procedure for all the courts in Arizona. It is the highest court, and is often called the court of last resort in the state of Arizona.
Bolick has served as vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation since 2007.
Bolick helped author the Health Care Freedom Act and the Save Our Secret Ballot amendments, which were added to the Arizona Constitution in 2010 and adopted in several additional states. Bolick has also assisted attorneys in numerous states to establish litigation centers based on the Goldwater Institute model.
Before joining the Goldwater Institute, Bolick was co-founder of the Institute for Justice and later served as president of the Alliance for School Choice.
In 2003, American Lawyer recognized Bolick as one of three lawyers of the year for his successful defense of school choice programs, culminating in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2009, Legal Times named Bolick one of the “90 Greatest D.C. Lawyers in the Past 30 Years.” Bolick received one of the freedom movement’s most prestigious awards, the Bradley Prize, in 2006 for advancing the values of democracy and free enterprise.
Bolick has authored several books, most recently with Governor Jeb Bush, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution. Other titles include Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold Over Economic Liberty (2011) and David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary (2007).) In addition to his work at the Goldwater Institute, Bolick serves as a research fellow with the Hoover Institute, a Stanford University based public policy think tank promoting the principles of individual, economic, and political freedom.