Braden Boucek

Director of Litigation

Southeastern Legal Foundation

Braden Boucek

Director of Litigation

Southeastern Legal Foundation

Braden H. Boucek serves as Director of Litigation at the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF).

Prior to joining SLF, he served as Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Beacon Center of Tennessee, where he managed in-house legal matters and litigation for the Beacon Center and worked to advance Beacon’s larger goal of promoting freedom and opportunity in Tennessee.

Braden has been a litigator since 2001. Previously, Braden was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both Nashville and Memphis for over nine years. During that time, he handled hundreds of cases ranging from Organized Crime, Drug Trafficking, Fraud, Counterfeiting, Terrorism and Immigration offenses. Braden has been recognized by his office for performance, winning both the Special Achievement award and Distinguished Service award. Two of his investigations were recognized as the district’s “Case of the Year” by the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. For nearly five years before joining the Department of Justice, Braden served as a prosecutor for the State of Tennessee, first as an Assistant Attorney General and later as an Assistant District Attorney. He has been lead counsel in many jury trials at both the state and federal level. He has also argued dozens of cases before state and federal appellate courts, including the Tennessee Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Braden also served as an extern for the Florida Supreme Court. He obtained his J.D. at Florida State University College of Law, and his B.A. at the University of Richmond.

Contributions

Explainer Episode 26 – Land Use Restrictions and Legislative Reform

May 18, 2021

In a conversation moderated by Kimberly Hermann, Braden Boucek and Emily Hamilton discuss several proposed legislative reforms to land use restrictions.

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Licensing Speech & Regulating the Internet: Tennessee’s Auctioneer Licensing Scheme

Braden Boucek

July 22, 2019

“A state may not, under the guise of prohibiting professional misconduct, ignore constitutional rights.” And yet, ignoring fundamental speech rights is precisely what Tennessee is doing through its auctioneer licensing regime.

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Docket Watch: Zarate v. Tennessee of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners

Braden Boucek

October 22, 2018

If Elias wanted to save a life or write a law, his educational level would not disqualify him. Unfortunately, it does disqualify him from cutting hair.

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Deep Dive Episode 31 – Tennessee Licensing Board Alarmed by Entrepreneur’s Facial Recognition Software

May 7, 2018

Adam Jackson (Edge AI) and Braden Boucek (Beacon Center of Tennessee) discuss how Adam has been barred by the Tennessee Alarm Systems Contractors Board from distributing the software he developed to identify potentially dangerous individuals and prompt a security response before violence occurs.

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Deep Dive Episode 18 – Regulatory Hurdles for Entrepreneurs: The Story of Project Belle

January 16, 2018

Armand Lauzon (Project Belle) and Braden Boucek (Beacon Center of Tennessee) discuss Project Belle and the company’s experience with the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology.

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