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Oliver J. Dunford

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Oliver Dunford joined PLF’s office in Sacramento in March 2017. He litigates across the country to defend and advance individual liberty and the rule of law. Oliver’s cases involve the … ›

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Wen Fa

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Wen Fa is an attorney at PLF’s national headquarters. He has litigated numerous direct-rep cases dealing with private property, equality under the law, school choice, economic liberty, and the First … ›

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Joshua P. Thompson

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Joshua Thompson joined Pacific Legal Foundation in August 2007. He primarily litigates cases involving equality under the law, economic liberty, school choice, and coastal land rights. Joshua was raised in … ›

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African-American student moves forward with challenge to race-based admissions in St. Louis schools

In the second decade of the 21st century, can an African-American student still be turned away from a public school because of his or her skin color?

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By Wen Fa

Oral argument in Edmund's challenge to discriminatory St. Louis policy

On Wednesday, my colleague Joshua Thompson argued on behalf of our client Edmund Lee, Jr, as Edmund fights to end discrimination in St Louis The Eighth Circuit panel (Judges Beam, Benton, and Colloton) were sympathetic to our argument that a policy which forbids black students in St Louis county from attending the same schools as their white neighbors discriminates on the basis of race As Judge Colloton asked defendant VICC’s counsel when VICC’s counsel attempted to justify VICC’s race-based transfer program, “so VICC does want to discriminate on race?!”

The judges also discussed whether Edmund had standing to sue In other words, whether Edmund has a personal stake in

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By Joshua P. Thompson

Oral argument in Edmund's lawsuit against discriminatory St. Louis policy

This upcoming Wednesday, April 5, Wencong Fa and I will be in St Louis for oral argument in EL v Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation We will be representing Edmund Lee and his mother La’Shieka White in their quest to strike down a St Louis policy that prohibits African-American children from attending magnet and charter schools in the City of St Louis For more on this case please visit our casepage And if you are in the St Louis area on Wednesday, please come and Stand With Edmund  Argument is at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit at 9 am  The courthouse is located

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