About Us

“Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.”

Edmund Burke

An old military adage calls for the cavalry to “ride to the sound of the guns.” As a tactic, it has both its strengths and weaknesses. As a sentiment, it is a call for courageous engagement. At the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, we hope to answer that call. Through education, litigation, and participation in public discourse, we seek to advance the public interest in the rule of law, individual liberty, constitutional government, and a robust civil society. We strive to do so, moreover, in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations – often our clients – who are committed to classical liberalism and constitutional government.

We recognize that these ideals are neither Democratic nor Republican, but American. Our focus is primarily, if not exclusively, on Wisconsin – a state that has become one of the focal points of our ongoing debate about the proper role of the government within society and of the courts within government. As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, we litigate in the areas of property rights, the freedom to earn a living, voting rights, regulation, taxation, school choice, and religious freedom. As an educational organization, we strive to advance the debate concerning law and public policy in these and other areas.

  • WILL is defending Wisconsin’s children against aggression from Washington.

    George Will
    George WillPulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author
  • Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.

    Gerald Ford
    Gerald Ford38th President of the United States
  • There are four essential economic freedoms. First is the freedom to work. Second of those freedoms is the freedom to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor. Third is the freedom to own and control one’s property. Fourth is the freedom to participate in a free market—to contract freely for goods and services and to achieve one’s full potential without government limits on opportunity, economic independence, and growth.

    Ronald Reagan
    Ronald Reagan40th President of the United States
  • The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson3rd President of the United States

Rick Esenberg

President & General Counsel

CJ Szafir

Vice President for Policy and Deputy Counsel

Stacy A. Stueck

Vice President for Administration

Tom Kamenick

Deputy Counsel and Litigation Manager

Brian McGrath

Senior Counsel

Mike Fischer

Senior Counsel

Jake Curtis

Associate Counsel & Federalism Litigator

Clyde Taylor

Associate Counsel

Libby Sobic

Associate Counsel

Will Flanders, Ph.D.

Research Director

Collin Roth

Research Fellow

Cameron Sholty

Communications Director

Virginia Zignego

Director of Development

Elena Ramlow

Policy Intern

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