Center for the Constitution


Evan Bernick

Fellow & Visiting Lecturer (2017-2019)

Evan Bernick will begin here in June as a Visiting Lecturer at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Fellow at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. He was most recently the Assistant Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement at the Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, which he joined in 2014. At IJ, Evan worked to educate the public and persuade judges about the need for judicial engagement—a novel framework for judging that equips judges to discharge their constitutional duties in every case. 

Before joining IJ, Evan was a Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he focused on over-criminalization, constitutional law, and sentencing policy, among other subjects. Evan's work has appeared in such places as Time, USA Today, and National Review Online. Evan has published with the New York University Journal of Law &Liberty, the George Mason Law Review, the Georgetown Journal of Law &Public Policy, and the Federalist Society Review. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2011, and he graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2008.

About Our Fellowship

The Georgetown Center for the Constitution Fellowship is designed for a highly-qualified law graduate who intends to pursue an academic career.  We seek applicants who have shown an aptitude for independent scholarly research, as demonstrated by their scholarly work in law school, research related to other graduate degree programs, and/or their professional activities after law school. 

During their residence at Georgetown, Fellows are expected to produce significant scholarship for publication and teach a seminar on the subject of their research as a Visiting Lecturer. The Fellow will also contribute to the intellectual life of the Center by participating and guest lecturing in various constitutional law courses at Georgetown, and will have the opportunity to take part in the Georgetown Law Fellows' Collaborative in preparation for the academic job market. The position is designed for individuals intending to enter the legal academic job market within two years.

The Fellowship

The Fellow will be in residence at Georgetown Law for a two-year period. The Fellowship permits Fellows to complete a year of research and writing and to teach a seminar before applying for teaching positions during their second year. During the Fellow's tenure at Georgetown, he or she will be expected to produce at least one major academic piece of scholarship. The Fellow will be mentored by the faculty associated with the Center, working closely with his or her mentors in developing the major writing project. 

The Fellow will also be expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Center in a meaningful way by participating, where appropriate, in ongoing Center projects. This will include attending and participating in Center programs.  The Fellow will also  have the opportunity to attend scholarly symposia, lectures, and brown bag seminars with Georgetown Law faculty, and to participate in the Georgetown Fellows' Collaborative.

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