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March 15, 2019

Weekly litigation report — March 15, 2019

An initial victory for minority kids in Connecticut elementary schools On Thursday, a group of black and Hispanic families represented by PLF won an initial victory in their challenge to Connecticut's race-based quota for magnet schools in the city of Hartford. The policy requires 25% of a magnet school seats to be reserved for white ...

March 15, 2019

Unpacking Court-Packing: A Historically Bad Idea

Justice Scalia once described a particularly notorious legal test as "some ghoul in a late night horror movie that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles abroad, after being repeatedly killed and buried…" If only the late justice could see the latest proposal for his beloved institution. It seems the Supreme Court itself is ...

March 13, 2019

To protect endangered wildlife, government should make partners of landowners

This article was originally published in The Hill on March 11, 2019. Most Americans strongly support government efforts to protect endangered species. We all understand the value of ensuring that iconic animals such as the grizzly bear and bald eagle survive and thrive in the wild, both as matter of conservation and as our legacy ...

March 08, 2019

Following The Rules: Courts Can Require Agencies To Follow Congressional Rules

This article was originally published by Townhall on March 8, 2019. As children, we were all taught to follow the rules–obey your parents, share your toys, be nice to others. The same is true for our laws. When we break them, there are consequences. But what happens when government bureaucrats fail to abide by the ...

March 08, 2019

Weekly litigation report — March 8, 2019

Appellate victory for high school dancers The federal Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled in favor of PLF clients Dmitri Moua and Zachary Greenwald, reversing a trial court judgment and ordering Minnesota officials not to ban boys from competitive high school dance teams. In D.M. and Z.G. v. Minnesota State High School League, ...

March 06, 2019

Victory goes to the dancers

Earlier today, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of PLF clients Dmitri Moua and Zachary Greenwald, reversing the district court's denial of their motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the Minnesota State High School League from banning boys from participating in competitive dance. Agreeing with PLF, the 8th Circuit held that ...