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July 16, 2019

The Morning Call: It’s my farm but it’s everybody’s Constitution

When you live in a small community, your neighbors and elected officials are often one and the same. The best way to keep tabs on both is to stay involved and ask tough questions. And if the two worlds collide, make a federal case out of it. That's what I did when some officials in ...

June 12, 2019

Who Owns America’s Beaches? – Sword&Scales spring 2019

“You can't" is a call to war for the principled, headstrong among us. If you're trying to do something well, "you can't" is a wet blanket of backward thinking. Our Summer 2019 edition of Sword&Scales is titled Who owns America's beaches? and "You can't own beach land" is the antagonist we examine. There shouldn't be ...

May 06, 2019

Make housing legal again: Sword&Scales spring 2019

Even the word "home" is special. Hearing it immediately brings warm memories and exciting aspirations to our mind's eye. The meaning of home is changing though. Well-intentioned but incompetent government housing policies are making home ownership too expensive and too risky for many Americans. This is the new normal for the American Dream. "Make h ...

April 29, 2019

Washington Post: I fought for — and won — the right to advertise happy hour in Virginia

This article was originally published by The Washington Post on April 29, 2019. Geoff Tracy owns restaurants in the District, Maryland and Virginia and was represented by Pacific Legal Foundation. In July, a new law will take effect in Virginia, repealing the state's long-standing prohibition on advertising for happy-hour drink specials. My respo ...

March 04, 2019

Hartford Courant: Why Connecticut parents are challenging racial quotas in our kids’ schools

This op-ed by PLF client Gwen Samuel was originally published in the Hartford Courant on March 3, 2019. It's been 65 years since the Supreme Court ruled in the historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. That landmark ruling, the outcome of 13 courageous black ...

December 15, 2018

How environmental protection and individual liberty can work together

Sword&Scales is PLF's quarterly magazine. Sign up to receive the magazine here. Download Sword&Scales ...

March 08, 2018

National Law Journal: Pacific Legal’s Formula for Winning Cert: “Evil villains, outrageous facts, and sympathetic clients”

You need doggedness and determination, and real subject matter expertise. You've got to be able to write great cert petitions because that's the way you get in the door, but you also need to find clients that judges can rule in favor of. ...

January 03, 2018

PLF mourns the passing of our friend and colleague, Reed Hopper

It is with deep sadness that we convey the news that our longtime friend and colleague, Senior Attorney Reed Hopper, tragically passed away on Christmas. ...