Aaron Barnes Sr. is a legal associate in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Aaron graduated cum laude from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. While attending law school, he worked in private practice as a consumer bankruptcy paralegal for the Western District of Texas, as well as participating in SMU’s Consumer Advocacy Clinic and clerking for both the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. In addition to his J.D., Aaron 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.