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Free Speech and Association

February 20, 2020

How progressives and conservatives have changed the debate over freedom of speech

Throughout American history, people's views on what should or should not count as protected speech under the First Amendment has waxed and waned along with cultural trends and changing political ideologies. But rarely do we see the viewpoint on certain fundamental rights shift so dramatically. Progressives used to champion the freedom of speech, ev ...

February 03, 2020

The Hill: What is UC Davis hiding about its use of diversity statements?

Last month, Abigail Thompson, a professor of mathematics and department chair at the University of California, Davis, wrote a scathing opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal calling out the university's ideological litmus test for job applicants. She suggested that the university's requirement that aspiring faculty members submit "Diversity, Equi ...

January 29, 2020

Seattle’s new campaign finance laws violate immigrant’s First Amendment rights in attempt to reverse Citizens United

This January marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most polarizing Supreme Court cases in recent history: Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. Perhaps intentionally, during the same month, Seattle city officials are pushing through a package of sweeping campaign finance restrictions that defies the ruling in Citizens United. The City ...

January 27, 2020

Falconers win important first victory in civil liberties lawsuit

In an important first win for the future of falconer freedom, last Friday U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neill ruled that the lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife can proceed in court. Refuting the defendants' attempts to dismiss the case in its entirety, Judge O'Neill found that ...

January 22, 2020

The Supreme Court cases constitutional law experts are watching

There are many cases before the Supreme Court that will set important precedents in PLF's battleground areas of freedom of speech, property rights, equality before the law, economic liberty, and separation of powers. The decisions to many of these cases have the potential to strengthen Americans’ individual rights, or deliver more power to go ...

January 21, 2020

This Supreme Court case could decide if government scholarships can be used for religious schools

On January 22, 2020, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Espinoza, like PLF’s similar lawsuit Armstrong v. Kadas could potentially end policies like Montana’s that discriminate against religion. ~~~ Few people would argue that parents shouldn't be able to decide how and where to educa ...