William R. Maurer is the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Washington Chapter (IJ-WA), which he joined in November 2002. IJ-WA engages in constitutional litigation in the areas of economic liberty, private property rights, educational choice, freedom of speech, and other vital liberties secured by the Washington State Constitution.
Bill is lead attorney on a variety of IJ-WA cases, including its challenge to Seattle’s government-imposed construction waste-hauling cartel, and the City of Redmond’s ordinance that bans the use of portable signs for commercial businesses while it allows them for politicians and real estate companies.
Prior to joining IJ-WA, Maurer was an attorney in the Bellevue, Washington office of Perkins Coie LLP, where he practiced regulatory law and administrative and appellate litigation from 1997 through 2002. He is a former law clerk to Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington State Supreme Court and Justice Victoria Lederberg of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He is currently the Co-Chairman of the Education Subcommittee of the Federalist Society's Civil Rights Practice Group, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Administrative Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, and is the former Vice Chairman of the Federalist Society's Administrative Law Practice Group. He is a chapter author for a forthcoming practice manual on the Washington State Public Records Act and is the author of a chapter on the interaction of administrative procedure and civil rights law in the 2005 edition of the Washington Administrative Law Deskbook. In 2000, he received the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono award as part of the Innocence Project Northwest.
Maurer received his law degree in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he was an articles editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Studies from Bard College in 1989.