Issues & Insights : Homeless Crisis Exposes Judges Making Policy Rather than Law

October 02, 2023 | By MARK MILLER

Homelessness is the defining public health and safety crisis in the western United States. We see it in Phoenix, Seattle, Boise, Los Angeles, and seemingly all cities in between: makeshift camps, tents, feces, discarded drug needles, and the mentally ill living on the streets and in the public parks of our cities. To their credit, … ...


The Messenger : The Supreme Court’s New Term—Fishing, Free Speech on the Internet, Wealth Tax and More

September 28, 2023 | By JAMES BURLING

One of the biggest cases of the Supreme Court’s October term involves a fishing boat, in which the owner has thrown out a line to the court hoping to snag the Chevron Doctrine. To regulate the fishing industry, the federal government demands that fishing boats allow federal “observers” on board to watch how and which … ...


Discourse : Oppenheimer’s Unlikely Indictment of the Administrative State

September 28, 2023 | By JOSH ROBBINS

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” was an unusual summer blockbuster. A three-hour biographic period piece about a theoretical physicist (J. Robert Oppenheimer), the film features extended discussions of quantum physics, complex mathematics and Cold War politics. Despite telling the story of the creation of the atomic bomb, the fil ...


Center Square : Race-conscious diversity training has negative consequences for employees and the public

September 22, 2023 | By LAURA D’AGOSTINO

Many employers are on a mission to incorporate “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion” into every aspect of their daily operations — some going so far as to expend significant resources to develop a “DEI” team whose sole aim is to deeply entrench these concepts within the workplace. But what do these ...


USA Today : New Orleans social worker asks Supreme Court to protect freedom to work

September 20, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Pacific Legal Foundation recently petitioned the Supreme Court the case of New Orleans social worker Ursula Newell-Davis, who argues that Louisiana’s certificate-of-need laws violate the right to earn a living. Writing for USA Today, former Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Anastasia Boden, who is still working with PLF on this case, explain ...


California’s law on who can use the title ‘dr.’ threatens livelihoods of healthcare professionals

September 19, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

When Sarah Erny was born, her father took one look at his infant daughter and knew she’d be a doctor someday. He even wrote it down in her baby book. Some kids get toys for their birthday, but Sarah got MCAT prep books. While it would be nearly 40 years before she went down the healthcare … ...


Issues & Insights : Why The U.S. Still Remains A Model For The Rest Of The World

September 19, 2023 | By LUKE WAKE

This summer, Israelis mobilized into rival factions in a contentious battle over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial reform proposals. These reforms would limit the Israeli court’s power to invalidate laws and give lawmaker’s greater control over judicial appointments. Proponents believe these reforms are needed to preven ...


Three Chevron Deference nightmares : What happens when courts defer to federal agencies

September 18, 2023 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

If a federal agency does something wrong to you—if bureaucrats penalize you for something you didn’t do, or cheat you out of something that should be yours—the courts should set things right. But sometimes, instead, a court will invoke Chevron Deference and defer to the federal agency.  Chevron Deference is a doctrine created by the  ...


The Dispatch : The Supreme Court Can Fix Its Oldest Mistake This Year

September 14, 2023 | By LARRY SALZMAN

Ursula Newell-Davis has been a social worker in New Orleans for more than 20 years with a particular passion for special needs children (including her own), so she knows special needs families are often desperate for affordable and reliable respite care. It allows parents time to work, run errands, or just attend to themselves, confident … ...