Richard Glen Boire's career-long efforts to excavate freedom of thought from the historical limitations of conventional constitutional law and to translate and develop it into a modern, science-based right to cognitive liberty, are in my experience, without parallel.

- Ira Glasser, Past President (23 years), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [read more quotes by others]

Richard Glen Boire serves as the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics' Senior Fellow in Law and Policy, and served as a co-director of the Center from 1999-2004.

Mr. Boire has a lifetime commitment to freedom of thought and open information flows. He has been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, and filed the first-ever freedom of thought brief before the Supreme Court in 2002. A synopsis of the central principle in that case is available in this Wired magazine interview.

Mr. Boire's current scholarship focuses on updating the legal notion of freedom of thought in light of ongoing scientific advancements related to understanding and mediating brain function.

Before co-founding the CCLE in 2000, he spent ten years practicing constitutional and criminal law. He is an internationally recognized expert on the jurisprudence of a category of psychotropic agents known as entheogens. He believes that such agents provide the closest real-world case study for understanding and addressing many of the legal, social, and ethical issues that society will confront as advances in the neurosciences produce a greater array of drugs and other technologies capable of directly changing a person's thought processes.


He has represented clients in state and federal courts, and regularly consults on complex litigation involving freedom of thought issues. If you are looking to retain him on a novel legal matter, go here.


In addition to authoring several books, Mr. Boire’s articles and essays have appeared in a wide spectrum of publications. He has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences, and is frequently quoted in the media. In early 2004, he was profiled in New Scientist Magazine, and in September 2004 SEED magazine named him one of eighteen "revolutionary minds redefining science."


Mr. Boire received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), in 1990.


His work for the CCLE is funded entirely by donations.

If you are a member of the press and would like to contact Richard for an article you are working on, or if you would like him to speak at your event, please email him.