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William J. Watkins, Jr. is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the book Crossroads for Liberty: Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America's First Constitution. 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. Mr. Watkins is a former law clerk to Judge William B. Traxler, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he is President of the Greenville, SC, Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. He has served as a prosecutor and defense lawyer, and has practiced in various state and federal courts.

His books include Judicial Monarchs: The Case for Restoring Popular Sovereignty in the United States and the Independent Institute books, Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy and Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation. 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 has been a Humane Studies Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He is the recipient of the R. Glen Ayers Award for Historical Writing from Clemson University. 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, Newport Daily News, San Francisco Examiner, Human Events, Chronicles, and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Books
Crossroads for Liberty 2016
Patent Trolls 2014
Reclaiming the American Revolution 2004
Video
How Can We Build New Bridges to Liberty? | William J. Watkins Jr. April 7, 2017
The Explosion of Patent Litigation September 24, 2014

Audio
President Trump and Emoluments Clauses— Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. on SiriusXM Radio June 12, 2017
Senior Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. on the Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia February 17, 2016
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

Events
New Bridges: California April 7, 2017
Independent Review Articles
Liberty of Contract: Rediscovering a Lost Consitutional Right Summer 2011
The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions: Guideposts of Limited Government Winter 1999
Commentary
What the Antifederalists Can Teach Us on the Debt Ceiling Debate September 11, 2017
The Emoluments of Sore Losers July 1, 2017
Sanctuary Cities Are Not the New Nullification Crisis May 23, 2017
A Case the Justices Shouldn’t Have Heard May 8, 2017
Bridging Today’s Political Divide? Let States Do It April 10, 2017
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Beacon Blog Posts
Spanish Central Government Threatens Catalonia October 12, 2017
Crisis in Catalonia Caused by Judiciary October 9, 2017
Response to Vegas Attacks Shows the Heart and Mind of the Left October 5, 2017
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
Government by Commerce Clause December 2, 2010
Book Review
Bait and Switch February 14, 2017



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