Chief Legal Officer and Center Director
Mr. Becker was born to U.S. Air Force parents stationed in France. He grew up in North Dakota and, in 1990, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science and Economics from Troy State University Europe, completing much of his undergraduate studies while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Madrid, Spain. He received a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he studied extensively under Austrian School economists Dr. Murray Rothbard and Dr. Hans Hermann-Hoppe. In 1995, Mr. Becker received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. While at NIU College of Law, Mr. Becker was co-founder and President of the NIU chapter of the Federalist Society, was an editor on law review, and received the West Publishing Company award for Most Significant Contribution to Legal Scholarship for an article he published criticizing the artificial separation of so-called personal and economic liberties under the post-twentieth century courts.
Prior to joining the Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation, Mr. Becker served as Chief Legal Counsel and Policy Director for the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee from its inception and practiced constitutional law with Mountain States Legal Foundation from 2001 until 2007. Earlier, Mr. Becker was U.S. Congressman Ron Paul's Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff from 1997 until 2001. He has also consulted and taught university-level classes in the areas of law, economics, planning and philosophy.
In addition to being admitted to practice law in Nevada, Mr. Becker has been a licensed attorney in Colorado since 1996 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He enjoys tennis, music and scholarship in the Austrian School of Economics.
Anna Buchner is the paralegal and office administrator at Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation (CJCL) and has been with CJCL since November, 2012. Anna has two associate degrees from Truckee Meadows Community College Paralegal/Law and the other in banking and finance.
Anna is active with the Sierra Nevada Association of Paralegals (SNAP) an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She is a member of the Washoe County Bar Association, Paralegal Division. She has been asked to speak at paralegal classes in the community. In July 2013, Anna was a speaker at the NALA Convention presenting Going Paperless in the Legal Office.
She was born in Reno and grew up in Sparks attending local schools. She is proud to say she is a third generation Nevadan.