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 the government seeks to stifle a viewpoint it doesn’t like, it’s probably not going to be forthcoming about it.  Instead, it will concoct a pretextual reason for its action, or use a “neutral” proxy that, in practice, discriminates against viewpoints it doesn’t like. For the First Amendment to have teeth, then, c ...

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Our Casework

Lent v. California Coastal Commission Massive—and unconstitutional—beach access fines threaten family home

In 2016, the Lents received the California Coastal Commission’s first ever fine—$4.185 million—for blocking public access to the beach. The home sits 20 feet above the beach and, without stairs or a ramp, the public cannot safely get to the beach. The property originally included an outdoor stairway and a gate to block the large drop—bo ...

Christa McAuliffe PTO v. de Blasio Stopping New York’s attempt to discriminate against Asian-American students

Feeling that New York City’s eight specialized high schools contain too many Asian students, Mayor Bill de Blasio is changing an admissions program to limit the ability of students to get into predominately Asian-American schools. However, his so-called racial balancing effort will squeeze out Asian students—nearly three-quarters of whom co ...

Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ranchers fight illegal critical habitat designation

In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated as critical habitat some 14,000 acres of land and 170 miles of streams in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico for the jumping mouse. The designation severely limits ranchers’ access to grazing land and watering spots and, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service, adds $20 million in regul ...

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