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Free Speech and Association

September 25, 2020

The City of Brotherly Love Must Allow Students to Gather

Philadelphia already has some of the most stringent limits on public gatherings in the country (limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors). But because of an outbreak among some of Philadelphia's roughly 450,000 college students, the City doubled down and imposed a total and complete ban on student gatherings of any size. Temple Universit ...

August 20, 2020

Deseret News: How a proposed Utah Bar rule could limit lawyers’ free speech

The Utah Bar is considering a misguided rule that would impose a "code of civility" on Utah lawyers. The rule is vague, giving regulators too much discretion to punish lawyers who work on controversial issues. It will make it much harder for them to do their jobs well and limit their ability to fight for ...

July 22, 2020

Daily Journal: A primer on amicus briefs as a tool to protect individual liberty

As a public interest legal organization, Pacific Legal Foundation litigates in multiple ways: Primarily, we initiate, defend and intervene in lawsuits on behalf of individuals and associations. These lawsuits champion the rights of our clients’ rights, and by extension, all Americans. We file as many as we can. Additionally, PLF files amicus ...

July 17, 2020

Supreme Court postmortem: Recent decisions are a mixed bag for individual liberty and constitutional limits

While there's typically significant fanfare surrounding each Supreme Court term, the Court's recent key decisions—on environmental issues, property rights, the administrative state, and school choice—were a decidedly mixed bag. Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Even though there are limits on what the Clean Water Act can regulate, it's not easy figu ...

July 09, 2020

Georgia midwives won’t be fined anymore for calling themselves midwives

Late last year, Debbie Pulley sued the Georgia Board of Nursing after it ordered her to stop describing herself as a Certified Professional Midwife. This week, her challenge came to a successful end after the board agreed to end its speech ban and stop punishing Georgia midwives like Debbie, who accurately describe themselves and their ...

July 07, 2020

How a busking musician in Houston has adapted to COVID-19 shutdowns

Strength, ingenuity, and adaptability are the lifeblood of entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2020, those qualities have become more essential than ever. Pacific Legal Foundation represents clients from across the country and from every corner of society. But entrepreneurs make up a large portion of PLF's clients because they are very ofte ...