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Month: March 2016

March 31, 2016

PLF Begins Argument in the Supreme Court in Hawkes Case

Live from PLF’s D.C. Center, PLF D.C. Executive Director Todd Gaziano moderates a round table discussion on Pacific Legal Foundation’s opening argument in the Supreme Court for Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes. Joining Todd are PLF Attorneys for the case, Mark Miller and Reed Hopper, PLF President and CEO Rob Rivett, Local Counsel Nanc ...

March 31, 2016

North Carolina public school sponsors club for "colored girls"

PLF attorneys recently learned that officials at a public charter school in North Carolina have organized a racially segregated club for "Girls of Color." Caucasian girls are not allowed to join the club or to participate in any of the activities sponsored by the club. Not only is this shocking in this day and age, ...

March 31, 2016

Economic liberty, school choice, and opportunity for all

This morning, I spoke with the Northern California Record, an upstart paper affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce, about my participation in a UC Berkeley panel debate on affirmative action. The journalist asked several important questions, but the one that stuck out was a question on what the government can do to ensure that everyone is give ...

March 31, 2016

"We are coming to you live from #SCOTUS…"

Well, we *were* coming to you live from the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States— yesterday, that is, after the Court heard oral argument in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Company, Inc. You can watch a replay of the live webcast at this link. Further, you can hear a podcast that ...

March 30, 2016

In modern constitutional battles, its often 1984, not 2016

My son is currently reading George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984.  As many of you probably remember, the story is about a society subject to pervasive government control and monitoring and one person’s (Winston Smith) attempt to escape that control through small acts of personal rebellion. Family and love are discouraged b ...

March 29, 2016

Forbes publishes new piece on judicial review for agency bureaucrats

As all Liberty Blog readers should know, PLF’s Reed Hopper will argue another landmark case tomorrow in the Supreme Court, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Company. To help explain what is at stake in the case, just published an op-ed that Reed and I wrote. In its simplest terms, "Hawkes Company and its ...

March 29, 2016

Teachers’ constitutional rights: out with a whimper

I wrote about today’s Supreme Court affirmance-by-tie-vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association for  The bottom line is that today’s decision is a profound disappointment to non-union public employees who were this close to prevailing over the unions’ ability to garnish their wages for politicking in the g ...

March 29, 2016

PLF pays another visit to the Supreme Court

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, March 30), lead environmental attorney for PLF, M. Reed Hopper, will argue on behalf of property rights, judicial review, and fairness when he represents Hawkes Company before the Supreme Court of the United States in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Company, Inc. After the oral argument, I will explain during a ...

March 28, 2016

Will Phoenix taxpayers strikeout?

When the green grass has been freshly cut, each piece of gravel in the infield is in place, and the pitcher's mound is perfectly raised, it can mean only one thing. It's baseball season. The New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals are set to open the 2016 Major League Baseball season this Sunday ...

March 28, 2016

California Supreme Court upholds arbitration agreement!

Maribel Baltazar worked in a distribution warehouse for clothing retailer Forever 21.  She alleges that she suffered discrimination and harassment on the job, ultimately leading to her quitting.  She sued Forever 21 and certain co-workers, who then moved to compel arbitration pursuant to Baltazar's employment contract, which specifically said tha ...