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August 31, 2021

This Supreme Court term was filled with surprising unanimous rulings in hot-button cases

In the American Bar Association's Preview magazine, Pacific Legal Foundation senior legal fellow Elizabeth Slattery authored a piece on the recently concluded Supreme Court term. In the article, she focuses on two major themes: First, the Court issued a multitude of rulings which were both unanimous and "narrow"; second, that the so-called conserva ...

August 30, 2021

The Hill: Gavin Newsom thought he could override the Constitution — now he faces a recall

On Sept. 14, California voters head to the polls to decide Gov. Gavin Newsom's fate in a historic recall election. Perhaps the biggest motivating factor behind the recall effort is Newsom's aggressive COVID-19 pandemic response, in which he unilaterally issued orders for school, business and church closures; mask mandates; and other demands he judg ...

February 27, 2021

America’s individualist Constitution

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Pacific Legal Foundation’s quarterly magazine Sword&Scales. PLF exists to establish a rule of law under which all Americans may live free in their pursuit of happiness. We fight to preserve and advance the American ideals of individualism and liberty, and our mission has never bee ...

February 25, 2021

Frequently asked questions about Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

What's at issue in this case?  The right to exclude trespassers is a fundamental part of property rights. California's unconstitutional access rule allows a favored third party, in this case unions, to invade a business's property for three hours a day, 120 days a year.   What’s the law in question in the case?  Cedar Poin ...

October 08, 2020

Cases to watch this upcoming Supreme Court term

The first Monday in October marked the opening of a new Supreme Court term. The Justices returned this week to conduct oral arguments by phone, as they had last spring. And aside from the phone line going dead for about a minute during argument on Tuesday, the Court and court watchers alike are settling into ...

August 19, 2019

Video game bans are unconstitutional, and they won’t prevent violent crimes

The search for rational explanations in the wake of terrible tragedies is understandable. When people do horrible things, the natural reaction is to ask why. Unfortunately, that same impulse can lead to rushed judgment and misplaced blame. In the wake of multiple recent mass shootings, some elected officials and advocates have suggested banning vio ...

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