PLF defends the individual liberty of all Americans when threatened by government overreach.

We’ve won 11 victories at the United States Supreme Court, and we’re just getting started.

When Americans are threatened by government overreach, PLF empowers them to fight back.

We give them their day in court to vindicate their rights and set a lasting precedent for everyone else.

About Us

Pacific Legal Foundation is a national, nonprofit legal organization that defends the individual liberty and constitutional rights of Americans threatened by government overreach and abuse.

At PLF, we believe in individual liberty: that when people are free to live peacefully and productively, without interference by government, they improve themselves, their families, and their communities.

We represent hundreds of clients each year, free of charge.

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WHAT WE FIGHT FOR

PROPERTY RIGHTS

Property Rights

The right to acquire and use property without undue government interference

FREE SPEECH AND ASSOCAIATION

Free Speech and Association

The right to freely associate and express yourself in speech and thought

Economic Liberty

Economic Liberty

The right to earn an honest living and make free economic choices

Equality Under the Law

Equality Under the Law

Equal treatment under the law, regardless of sex, race, creed, color, or other differences

Separation of Powers

Separation of Powers

The structural protections of our Constitution, which safeguard our individual liberty

February 20, 2019|By Anastasia Boden Courts can’t look the other way when the government censors speech

When government officials seek to stifle a viewpoint they don’t like, they probably won’t be forthcoming about it. Instead, they’ll concoct a pretextual reason for their censorship or use a “neutral” proxy that, in practice, discriminates against their non-preferred viewpoints. For the First Amendment to have teeth th ...

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Our Casework

Connecticut Parents Union v. Wentzell Race-based quotas in Connecticut schools hurt Black and Hispanic students

Each year, world-class magnet schools in Connecticut deny admission to thousands of deserving children while leaving available seats empty—because of skin color. State law requires magnet schools’ enrollment to be at least 25 percent white or Asian. This means Black and Hispanic students are turned away if their admission would push minorit ...

Minnesota Assoc. Builders and Contractors v. Minneapolis Public School District Bulldozing unfair, illegal union-rigged construction scheme

With 75 buildings and 35,000 students, there’s plenty of construction work in the Minneapolis School District. But many hardworking Minnesotans never get a shot at a school project. In 2004, the district adopted a project labor agreement, or PLA, that favors politically powerful unions over nonunion contractors. This type of agreement forces ...

Zito v. North Carolina Coastal Resource Commission; Town of Nags Head Fighting government’s blurred lines on property rights

All Michael and Cathy Zito wanted to do was rebuild their vacation cottage in Nags Head, North Carolina after fire destroyed it in 2016. But state and local governments denied building permits because the property is within a no-build zone that was established after they bought their property. The Zitos are left with the only vacant lot in a line o ...

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