Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur is Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute. Previously he served as a Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento, California. He is a Cato Institute adjunct scholar and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.

Sandefur earned his law degree from Chapman University School of Law in 2002. He is the author of more than 40 scholarly articles as well as the books Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America (updated edition, 2016, with Christina Sandefur), The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law (2010), and The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and The Right to Liberty. His articles have appeared in National Review, Liberty, The Claremont Review of Books, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Times, among other places. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including Stossel and The Armstrong and Getty Show. Sandefur is a graduate of Chapman University School of Law and Hillsdale College. He blogs regularly at Freespace.






August 2016: Families, Tribes, and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Lead Essay: Treat Children as Individuals, Not as Resources

The Conversation: Racial Discrimination Is No “Gold Standard”

The Conversation: Lexi and Veronica: The Dandelions

The Conversation: The Best Interests of Individual Children

The Conversation: Sovereignty - Tribal or Otherwise - Must Respect Our Rights

The Conversation: How to Fix ICWA

February 2014: Judical Activism and Individual Liberty

Lead Essay: It’s Time to Ditch “Judicial Restraint”

The Conversation: Professor Roosevelt Blurs the Categories

The Conversation: The Dogma and the Class System

The Conversation: This Isn’t Your Founding Fathers’ Judicial System

The Conversation: Rational Basis Scrutiny Is Just a Stupid Rock

The Conversation: It’s Not Your Father’s Progressivism Either

February 2012: What Is Due Process?

Lead Essay: Why Substantive Due Process Makes Sense

The Conversation: The Limits of Protecting Unenumerated Rights

The Conversation: Is My Argument True to the Original Meaning?

The Conversation: General and Specific Guarantees of Lawful Rule

The Conversation: Come to My Side, Prof. Rosenthal — We Have Humility and Prudence!

The Conversation: Is Everything Congress Passes Really a Law?

The Conversation: Searching for the Missing Link

The Conversation: Dred Scott and Other Fallacies of Substantive Due Process

The Conversation: Why Voting Isn’t Due Process of Law

The Conversation: The Hard Questions about Meaning

The Conversation: What About States and the Federal Government?

The Conversation: Why Chapman And McConnell Are Wrong About Substantive Due Process

The Conversation: Some Closing Thoughts on the Protection of Law

December 2009: Hayek and the Common Law

Lead Essay: Four Problems with Spontaneous Order

The Conversation: Unmade, Amoral Orders Composed of Made, Moral Orders? A Response to John Hasnas

The Conversation: The Light “Between the Lines” Is Doing All the Work: A Response to Prof. Klein

The Conversation: Is “Know It When I See It” Enough?