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.
Paralegal/ CJCL Administrator
Jennifer Spoo is the Paralegal and Office Administrator at NPRI's Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation (CJCL). Jennifer joined NPRI in May 2016.
Jennifer has worked as a paralegal in Reno, Nevada, for over 20 years, 14.5 of those years working for McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP. Jennifer has an Associate’s Degree in Legal Administration and is also nationally dual-certified as a paralegal and legal professional. Jennifer is the proud mother of two sons. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree through the University of Phoenix and expects to graduate next year.
Jennifer grew up in Nevada on a cattle/alfalfa ranch 30 miles north of Gerlach in Northern Nevada. She loves animals and is currently a 4-H Washoe County Dog Leader for Washoe County youth.