Independent Institute Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. will be joining the discussion with Senior Fellow Dr. Williamson Evers (Director of our Center on Educational Excellence), and Executive Director Dr. Graham Walkerfor this week’s Independent Outlook discussion and Q&A.
Our special focus will be on President Trump’s nomination of U.S. Judge Amy V. Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, but we will also feature other topics such as the Presidential Debates and the recent Breonna Taylor grand jury decision and riots.
We hope that you will participate with questions and learn more about our unique Outlook—informed by the principles of liberty and human dignity, and based on scholarly integrity and respect for the facts.
William J. Watkins, Jr. is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the Independent books, Crossroads for Liberty: Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America's First Constitution and Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy. He received his B.A. in history and German summa cum laude from Clemson University, 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 the 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.