Phoenix attorney Bolick appointed to Supreme Court of Arizona

Published: Jan. 6, 2016 at 12:34 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2016 at 12:44 PM MST
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PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) - Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday announced the appointment of Phoenix attorney Clint Bolick, an independent, to the Supreme Court of Arizona.

It was Ducey's first appointment to the Supreme Court of Arizona.

Bolick specializes in United States and Arizona constitutional law, and also handles cases involving state and federal regulatory law, business and property regulation, health care, education, public pensions, family law and election law.

Bolick has served as vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute since 2007. Previously, he worked as president and general counsel of the Alliance for School Choice and as vice president and director of litigation for the Institute for Justice. Bolick also worked as an attorney for the Landmark Legal Foundation, the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Mountain States Legal Foundation.

"Clint is nationally renowned and respected as a constitutional law scholar and as a champion of liberty," Ducey said in a news release. "He brings extensive experience and expertise, an unwavering regard for the rule of law and a firm commitment to the state and citizens of Arizona. I'm confident Clint will serve impartially and honorably in this important role."

"I am deeply honored by Governor Ducey's appointment from a stellar group of nominees to the Arizona Supreme Court," Bolick said. "I cherish Arizona, our Constitution, and the precious freedoms it protects. I look forward to serving all of our citizens with integrity, fairness, compassion, and a devotion to justice."

George F. Will, national news columnist and public affairs commentator, wrote: "As the prime mover in landmark litigation, (Mr. Bolick) has repeatedly won from courts victories that have firmly established the constitutionality of programs that empower parents to make the choices directing the education of their children in public or private schools."

Bolick graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Law and from Drew University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. His appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Rebecca White Berch.

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