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Author: Anastasia Boden

November 16, 2020

Supreme Court dissents’ role in shaping our laws

"It has been a tradition in the United States of dissents becoming the law of the land. So you're writing for a future age, and your hope is that with time the Court will see it the way you do." — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) on writing dissenting opinions   We all ...

October 28, 2020

Court packing explained

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just a few weeks before the 2020 presidential election, followed swiftly by the nomination and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as the Court's ninth justice, court packing is experiencing a revival in the national conversation. But what exactly is "court packing"? What does the Constitu ...

September 18, 2020

With Justice Ginsburg’s passing, America loses a trailblazer

In losing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we lost a trailblazer for equality before the law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended law school as one of only a handful of women, and even after graduating first in her class at Columbia, found it difficult to find a job because of her sex. Boy, times have ...

September 17, 2020

Townhall: On Constitution Day, ‘Doing the Work’ should include reading the constitution

Sorting through the various reading lists for "doing the work," that is, educating oneself about race and equality in America, there's one piece that's conspicuously absent: The Constitution. As the nation's most important document devoted to equality, it should top the list. Throughout history, civil rights leaders have relied on the Constitution ...

September 16, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle: Racial quotas have an ugly pedigree. California shouldn’t try to bring them back

"Never admit more than five Jews, take only two Italian Catholics, and take no Blacks at all." These were the instructions of Milton Winternitz, the dean of Yale Medical School, from 1920-1935. Racial quotas have a sordid history. And yet 100 years later, California still hasn't learned. Not long after Dean Winternitz imposed racial quotas ...

September 04, 2020

The Bulletin: Planting flowers shouldn’t be treated as a crime

From helping someone move, to selling lemonade and baked goods, many of us made our first dollar in quintessential summer jobs. But states are increasingly regulating these easy paths to employment. It's not unusual to read about a woman facing jail time for selling homemade ceviche, or a kid threatened with punishment for mowing lawns ...

August 27, 2020

InsideSources: A working mom’s choice to put her kids back into school

Last month, I put my kids back into daycare. Is it because I don't care about my kids and dismiss the risk of COVID-19? Of course not. I care deeply about the well-being of my children and I take the human consequences of the pandemic seriously. But I can also calculate risk and measure tradeoffs. ...

July 17, 2020

The Orange County Register: Newsom, Cosmetology Board should open minds, heads, and doors to the great outdoors

On March 19, 2020, Gov. Newsom issued a stay-at-home and shutdown order, dramatically changing our way of life. The shutdown order was catastrophic for many businesses and their employees, and even worse for the personal services industry, as salons, barbershops, nail salons, and other personal care providers were among the last allowed to reopen. ...

June 15, 2020

The Sun Sentinel: Florida ambulances need flexibility to serve consumers both now and after the pandemic

As Florida re-opens the economy, no one knows quite what to expect. But one thing that's clear is that medical providers must be ready to respond to whatever comes — and quickly. Unfortunately, the state's certificate of need laws stand in the way. Just months ago, Florida's certificate of need requirement prevented a Naples-based ambulance ...

May 19, 2020

Napa County art gallery objects to arbitrary reopening order

Today Pacific Legal Foundation is putting Governor Gavin Newsom and Napa County officials on notice that their reopening plans are arbitrarily depriving individuals of their ability to responsibly resume business, which presents serious constitutional concerns. We've written this letter in support of Quent and Linda Cordair, owners of Quent Cordair ...

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