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Month: January 2012

January 31, 2012

11 attorneys general file brief to protect discriminatory housing practices

The title of this article is a bit off. For more on PLF’s role in Magner v. Gallagher go here. ...

January 31, 2012

May a court require that attorneys be racially diverse?

Of course, the answer is no, but that is precisely what the Southern District of New York did in Blessing v. Sirius XM Radio.  PLF filed a brief today arguing that the federal courts are just as bound by equal protection as is Congress and the President. ...

January 31, 2012

"Can hunting endangered animals save the species?"

That is the title of an excellent 60 Minutes segment that aired on Sunday evening.  The story shows how the hunting of exotic game species in Texas has led to an increase of these species’ populations by incentivizing private landowners to ensure the viability and improvement of the game so that hunters will continue to ...

January 30, 2012

Rep. Markey gets it wrong

Last month, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a draft joint policy statement on how the agencies would interpret the phrase “significant portion of its range” as used in the Endangered Species Act.  (PLF submitted comments on the proposal last week.)  Now, one of the reputedl ...

January 30, 2012

X2 Ninth Circuit briefing completed (for now)

Last week, the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, Kern County Water Agency, State Water Contractors, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, and Westlands Water District filed this reply to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s opposition to the water users’ motion to dismiss ...

January 27, 2012

What are Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum supporters reading?

Apparently, they’re fans of The Right to Earn A Living. ...

January 27, 2012

Law students: only a few days left to apply for Koch Fellowships!

The deadline for applying for a Koch Fellowship (which can help fund a summer clerkship at Pacific Legal Foundation) is January 31! ...

January 27, 2012

Questions on race and affirmative action for the candidates

Roger Clegg, President and General Counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has posted an article over at National Review Online titled "Questions for the Candidates." In it he notes the questions he thinks we should be asking the current presidential candidates on race and affirmative action as well as supplying model answers. Here are ...

January 26, 2012

School Choice Week: the best answer to a multiple choice problem

What is the goal of School Choice Week?  The official slogan of School Choice Week is: “Shining a spotlight on effective education options for every child.”  In essence, then, the purpose is to bring attention to two glaring realities of our nation’s traditional public education system: 1) it has been failing; and 2) we need ...

January 26, 2012

In defense of the Sacketts

Michael Doherty, a retired official with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, had this piece in the Spokane Spokesman-Review last week claiming that PLF clients Mike and Chantell Sackett should have known that they were building in wetlands.  Mr. Doherty goes on to suggest that the Sacketts are mere shills for big corporations and businesse ...