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William J. Watkins Jr.
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William J. Watkins, Jr. is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute. He received his B.A. in history and German summa cum laude from Clemson University and his J.D. cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a former law clerk to Judge William B. Traxler, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he has served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, Associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, and Associate with Leatherwood Walker Todd & Mann.

His books include Judicial Monarchs: The Case for Restoring Popular Sovereignty in the United States and the Independent Institute book, Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy (Palgrave/Macmillan), and his scholarly articles have appeared in the South Carolina Law Review, The Independent Review, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Exploring American History Encyclopedia, and America in World History Encyclopedia.

Mr. Watkins is the recipient of the R. Glen Ayers Award for Historical Writing and the CALI Award for Contracts I, Civil Procedure, Problems in Professional Responsibility. His popular articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Daily Caller, USA Today, Washington Times, Austin American-Statesman, Providence Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Washington Examiner, Denver Post, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bellingham Herald, Lexington Herald-Leader, Sacramento Bee, Duluth News Tribune, Janesville Gazette, Walworth County Today, Wapakoneta Daily News, Dispatch, La Crosse Tribune, Lewiston Sun Journal, and Newport Daily News, San Francisco Examiner, Human Events, Chronicles, and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Patent Trolls 2014
Reclaiming the American Revolution 2004
William J. Watkins, Jr. on Patent Trolls June 18, 2014
William Watkins on NPR’s Talk of the Nation Discussing Supreme Court Nominations June 29, 2010

Independent Review Articles
Liberty of Contract: Rediscovering a Lost Consitutional Right Summer 2011
The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions: Guideposts of Limited Government Winter 1999
Rethinking Patent Enforcement: Tesla Did What? July 18, 2014
Does East Texas Hold a Patent on Predatory Litigation? January 9, 2014
Debate on Gun Control Should Ask Whether Congress Has Power to Regulate February 14, 2013
The Sugar-y Sweet Temptation of Anti-Competitive Lawsuits January 21, 2013
First Amendment Scores Major Victory in Seattle November 26, 2012
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Beacon Blog Posts
Tech Companies Work to Tame Patent Trolls without Government Help July 16, 2014
SCOTUS Affirms That Abstract Ideas Are Not Patent-Eligible June 19, 2014
Patent Troll Hit with Legal Fees June 17, 2014
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
Government by Commerce Clause December 2, 2010

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