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Zora Neale Hurston’s legacy of individual rights and equality

February 09, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Zora Neale Hurston was a cultural icon of the Harlem Renaissance. Known for her prolific writing, especially her renowned novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston broke through racial barriers at a time when society was viewed primarily through a black or white lens. But Hurston’s artistic contributions to the countercultural zeitgeist of ...

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How property ownership empowered a black community to thrive in the post-Reconstruction era

February 02, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

The Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction era were fraught with tumult as the Southern states struggled with economic devastation and ever-mounting racial tensions. With the end of the Civil War came the end of slavery and a burgeoning hope for racial equality. The newly ratified Fourteenth Amendment declared what the laws of nature had long since ...

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Can AI interpret the law?

January 26, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Could artificial intelligence soon replace lawyers and judges? That is a question on the minds of many in the legal profession, even Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. In his annual report, the Chief Justice mentioned that federal courts are looking into the ways artificial intelligence can be used in the courts. He even said … ...

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An unconstitutional agency is threatening the future of a family business devoted to child safety

January 19, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Jamie Leach has dedicated her life to the pursuit of child safety. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Jamie worked as a nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit in Ada, Oklahoma, where she lives. She later went on to combine her love of helping others with her natural proclivity toward innovation … ...

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An interview with the attorneys behind the SCOTUS case Sheetz v. County of El Dorado

January 10, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

On Tuesday, January 9, 2024, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sheetz v. County of El Dorado, a case challenging the government’s ability to place unreasonable conditions, including large “impact fees,” on property owners seeking building permits. Pacific Legal Foundation partnered with Paul Beard of FisherBroyles, LLP and ...

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Harry Potter’s Ministry of Magic can teach us a lot about agency adjudication

January 05, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Fantasy stories delight our senses by taking us to imaginary worlds where wizards roam the earth and magic is real. Yet, in this fictional realm where readers have the pleasure of suspending reality, there are still universal truths that mirror the real world around us. The beloved Harry Potter series, for example, is ripe with … ...

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Pacific Legal Foundation’s 2023 highlights

December 20, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

2023 was a particularly big year for Pacific Legal Foundation. We celebrated our 50th birthday, which gave us the opportunity to reflect on moments that made PLF what we are today. Since 1973, we have had the privilege of changing lives: We’ve helped our clients challenge unjust government actions in the court of law and … ...

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When government gets between a mother and a midwife

December 19, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

This article first appeared in the winter 2023 edition of Sword&Scales. The birth of a child is a sacred experience in a mother’s life. How and where she chooses to bring her baby into the world is a deeply personal decision that should be free from government interference. Yet in some states, certificate-of-need (CON) laws … ...

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For cancer patients, telehealth restrictions are a matter of life and death 

December 13, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

In 2012, 18-month-old Jun Abell loved walking around his New York house and climbing the stairs. Then one day, his parents noticed that the toddler wasn’t walking at all. Jun’s parents were concerned by his unusual behavior. Doctors couldn’t find any physical signs of injury or distress, but just to be safe, an MRI was … ...