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.

  • Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

    Ronald Reagan
    Ronald Reagan40th President of the United States
  • 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
  • WILL is defending Wisconsin’s children against aggression from Washington.

    George Will
    George WillPulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author
  • If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.

    Alexander Hamilton
    Alexander HamiltonFounding Father

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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