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William J. Watkins, Jr.

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, and his LL.M. with merit from the University of London. 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.

Crossroads for Liberty 2016
Patent Trolls 2014
Reclaiming the American Revolution 2004
SCOTUS Roe Ruling Leaks, Biden’s Unconstitutional Disinformation Board | Independent Outlook 37 May 4, 2022
Biden Threatens Over Ukraine, Olympics & Covid Controls, Academic Intolerance | Independent Outlook Episode 32 February 9, 2022
COVID Vaccine Passports, School Shutdowns, Wokeness, and the Border Crisis | Independent Outlook Episode 17 April 14, 2021
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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

Independent Outlook Episode 32: Biden Threatens Over Ukraine, Olympics & Covid Controls, Academic Intolerance February 9, 2022
COVID Vaccine Passports, School Shutdowns, and the Border Crisis April 14, 2021
Race & Liberty in America: Thomas Jefferson, James Forten, Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Zora Neale Hurston, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, Shelby Steele . . . February 24, 2021
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Independent Review Articles
Book Review: Chaining Down Leviathan: The American Dream of Self-Government, 1776–1865 Fall 2021
The Constituent Power as a Remedy for the Administrative State Summer 2021
Book Review: America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding Spring 2021
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Commentary Articles
Lessons from Employer Vaccination Mandates October 5, 2021
America Needs a Robert A. Taft February 22, 2021
The Bad Theology of America’s “Original Sin” January 28, 2021
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Beacon Blog Posts
Roe Reversed. Abortion Issues Returned to the States? June 30, 2022
Big SCOTUS Win for Second Amendment June 24, 2022
SCOTUS Overturning Roe v. Wade? May 3, 2022
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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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