We sue the government when it violates Americans’ constitutional rights—and we win.
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 Americans, free of charge, giving them a day in court to protect their rights.
Equal treatment under the law, regardless of sex, race, creed, color, or other differences.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Coalition for TJ v. Fairfax County School Board. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas disagreed with the majority’s decision to deny certiorari. In a strong dissent, Justice Alito wrote: “What the Fourth Circuit majority held, in essence, is that intentional racial discrimination is constitutional so long as it is not too severe. This reasoning is indefensible, and it cries out for correction.”
Our signature quarterly magazine explores the issues at the forefront of the fight against government overreach and abuse. Each edition is packed with thoughtful, in-depth essays and first-rate visuals that illuminate our passion for individual liberty—and why we relentlessly defend it.
Dissents have it all: brilliant writing, surprising reasoning, shade, puns, and sometimes historical impact. Although the "losing side" writes them, they’re still important: they can provide a roadmap for future challenges or persuade other justices. In Dissed, attorneys Anastasia Boden and Elizabeth Slattery dig deep into important dissents, both past, and present, and reveal the stories behind them.
PLF’s work extends past the courthouse doors. We frequently host events to educate the public about our cases, promote PLF’s work in the courts and legislatures, or connect like-minded people with a shared vision for liberty.
PLF’s award-winning films and documentaries show the people behind all the legal briefings, court hearings, and press releases. We tell the stories of how government overreach harms real people and their hopes, ambitions, and livelihoods. These are the real reasons why our work is so important.
PLF clients are more than parties to a lawsuit. They are heroes who want to stand up to the government when it stymies their ability to improve their lives. They don’t lack courage, just resources. So, we represent these everyday Americans free of charge.
PLF is 100% funded through the generosity of donors across the country who believe in the American ideals of individualism and liberty. Every PLF donor gives these citizens their day in court to vindicate their rights and set lasting precedent to protect everyone else.