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September 23, 2020

PLF’s defense of liberty at the Supreme Court will continue

Much has been said and written over the past week regarding the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her personal story of perseverance and her role as a trailblazing attorney and jurist inspired many across the nation—and not just in the legal profession. After reflecting on Justice Ginsburg's tenure on the Court, her passing ...

September 19, 2020

Fox News: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a lioness of the law

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served for 27 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, passed away on Friday. When her longtime friend and fellow opera fan, Justice Antonin Scalia, died in 2016, Ginsburg lamented that the court would be a "paler place" without her ideological opponent and debate partner. The court will be an even ...

September 14, 2020

The Washington Post: Virginia should limit emergency orders with a balance of powers

Strong leadership is necessary in times of crisis. Swift and decisive action can save lives and protect the public. But leaders cannot avoid constitutional processes and political accountability just by declaring an emergency, even if most citizens agree an emergency exists. With Virginia legislators back in Richmond for a special session, it is ti ...

September 10, 2020

Hey L.A. Mayor Garcetti, you can’t turn off people’s utilities as a punishment

In 2017, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a "Bill of Rights" for customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Back then, he professed that "reliable, affordable, and accountable service from LADWP is not a privilege—it is a right to every Angeleno who relies on our utility." That was then, this ...

September 09, 2020

Colleges and students are better off now that Obama era “Dear Colleague” letter is rescinded

Recently, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) rescinded a Dear Colleague letter that addressed the role of Title IX coordinators on college campuses. This is excellent news for all the reasons I discussed in an op-ed in The Hill calling for the guidance letter's repeal. What do Title IX coordinators do? Their ...

September 09, 2020

The Hill: How agencies should implement the regulatory ‘bill of rights’

Last week, President Trump's regulatory czar Paul Ray, head of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), issued a "best practices" memo instructing executive departments and agencies how to implement the regulatory bill of rights issued a few months ago. This builds on President Trump's May 19 execut ...