Daren Bakst, Esq., is Director of Legal and Regulatory Studies for the John Locke Foundation. In this position, he analyzes and writes about a wide range of issues, including constitutional law, property rights, and regulatory reform.

His op-eds and quotes have appeared in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, USA Today, National Review Online, AOL News, American Enterprise Online, American Thinker, Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Charlotte Observer. Bakst serves on the Federalist Society’s Administrative Law and Regulation Executive Committee and he is an adjunct professor at Barton College, teaching business law.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Bakst was Policy Counsel for the National Legal Center for the Public Interest in Washington, DC., which recently merged into the American Enterprise Institute.

In 1998, Bakst founded the Council on Law in Higher Education (CLHE), an independent nonprofit organization that analyzes timely legal challenges facing colleges and universities. He still serves as president of CLHE.

A licensed attorney, Bakst earned his J.D. from the University of Miami and his LL.M. in Law and Government from American University, Washington College of Law. Both his B.A. and M.B.A. are from The George Washington University.