Lisa De Pasquale

Many of the important battles for freedom are being fought in courtrooms across the country. There’s been no greater friend to free market soldiers than the Institute for Justice. Senior Attorney Clark Neily has been at the forefront of some of their most important cases, most notably serving as co-counsel in District of Columbia vs. Heller. In this historic case, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Second Amendment protects a person’s right to own a gun for self-defense.

In his new book, Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution's Promise of Limited Government, Neily writes about the abuse by local, state and the federal government and the courts’ dereliction of duty in performing the role assigned to it by America’s Founders.

The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. What one thing would you do as President "just because you could"?

Pardon every non-violent offender convicted under an unconstitutional federal law.

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

Jeff Drury, who I had for fourth and fifth grade, in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He was old school: from England, incredibly high standards, tough but fair -- and he had us call him "Jeff" instead of "Mr. Drury." He could get away with that because there was never any doubt about who was in charge of his classroom. In fact, there was a rumor (obviously untrue, even at the time, but strangely compelling) that he had once picked up a student up by her face and banged her head against a chalkboard for disrespecting him in class. Surprisingly, this made nearly everyone in the third grade want him for their teacher the next year. We would take the last three weeks off from course work each year and put on a Shakespeare play (in public school!). I got to be Julius Caesar with a bag of fake blood inside my toga for the big death scene. I have no acting talent whatsoever, so a character who spends half the play laid out dead on a marble slab was perfect for me!

3. If you could be paid to do anything besides your current job, what would it be?

Sail around the world in my own boat writing travelogues and restaurant reviews.

4. Tell me about a public or private moment when you thought to yourself, "This is what Elvis felt like every day.”

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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