J. Aaron Barnes is an attorney with the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he served as a legal associate with the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, where he co-authored amicus briefs on legal topics such as judicial scrutiny, stare decisis, and the Privileges or Immunities Clause.

Aaron graduated cum laude from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. While attending law school, he also continued his employment as a paralegal in private practice, working in multiple areas of law including consumer bankruptcy and multidistrict litigation. Aaron gained further valuable experience while clerking for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and externing with a federal judge at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Aaron is licensed to practice law in Texas. In addition to his J.D., he holds a B.A. in political science from the University of North Texas, as well as A.A.S. in paralegal studies from El Centro Community College. A native of Lewisville, Texas, Aaron now resides in Austin with his wife and two young children.