Professor Randy Barnett Wins 2014 Bradley Prize

May 6, 2014 —

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Randy E. Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown University Law Center, is one of four recipients of the 2014 Bradley Prize. The honor recognizes individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions in areas consistent with the mission of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. 

The award will be presented to Barnett during the 11th annual Bradley Prizes ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on June 18.  Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

“Randy Barnett’s vigorous and fearless advocacy of the Constitution is essential to preserving freedom,” said Michael W. Grebe, President and CEO of the Bradley Foundation in a statement.  “As a professor and an attorney, Randy Barnett is a key defender of the rule of law.”

"I am deeply honored. Having attended past awards ceremonies at the Kennedy Center, I know I am in very distinguished company," said Barnett.

Past recipients of the award include George Will, Jeb Bush and Edwin Meese. Adjunct Professor Paul Clement and alumnus Mitch Daniels, L'79, former governor of Indiana, both won last year. Adjunct Professor Lee Liberman Otis shared one of the 2009 prizes. 

The Bradley Foundation is a private, independent grant-making organization based in Milwaukee. It supports research, programs and other activities that further the principles of democratic capitalism, limited government and a dynamic marketplace.The foundation was created to honor the legacy of the Bradley brothers, co-founders of the Allen-Bradley Company, who were committed to preserving the traditions of free representative government and private enterprise.

Barnett directs the Georgetown Center for the  Constitution and teaches contracts and constitutional law. A leading proponent of individual liberty, he appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004 to argue against laws regulating medical marijuana use in Gonzalez v. Raich. In 2012, Barnett  represented the National Federation of Independent Business at the Supreme Court in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. 

Barnett has written or co-written 11 books and more than 100 articles and reviews. His coauthored book, A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave) was published in 2013, and expanded editions of his books, Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton) and The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford) were published this year.

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