The Federalist : No, Dry Land Isn’t ‘Navigable Water’ For Federal Bureaucrats To Regulate, And SCOTUS Must Say So

October 12, 2022 | By WILL YEATMAN

The Supreme Court recently kicked off this term with oral arguments in Sackett v. EPA, a blockbuster environmental law case that could provide property owners with long-overdue clarity regarding the enjoyment of their land. To understand the facts of the controversy is to sympathize with the petitioners. In 2004, Chantell and Mike Sackett purchased ...


Yale Notice & Comment : Biden’s Student Debt Cancellation

October 20, 2022 | By WILL YEATMAN

Last week, Pacific Legal Foundation (where we work) filed an amended class action complaint challenging the Biden Administration’s plan to cancel up to $519 billion in federally held student debt. The short history of our suit sheds light on the program’s shambolic implementation. After announcing the policy, the Education Department cr ...


The Detroit News : Supreme Court must curb president’s expansive power

November 23, 2022 | By WILL YEATMAN

Arbitrary government has no place in our constitutional order. Yet many of today’s most significant federal policies reflect blatant abuses of presidential discretion. To cite the latest example, President Biden continues to maintain an indefinite state of “national emergency” for the COVID-19 pandemic, even though he declared las ...


The Hill : Efficiency is not a reason to keep the SEC’s unconstitutional in-house courts


The in-house courts of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are not just at odds with the separation of powers, they also don’t serve their alleged purpose of efficient justice. In Federalist 47, James Madison, quoting Montesquieu, warned that government would become an oppressor if the prosecutor were “joined” with the ju ...


Reason : Congress Should Not Give Any Government Agency Financial Free Rein

March 03, 2023 | By WILL YEATMAN

Can Congress give away its power of the purse to a regulatory agency? That’s the important constitutional question the Supreme Court decided it will take on earlier this week. Regrettably, the Court can’t answer the obvious follow-up question: Why would a legislature give away its own core authority? Congress created the Consumer Financ ...