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Issue: Personal Liberties

The liberty protected by the Constitution encompasses your right to be free in the enjoyment of all of your abilities in the pursuit of happiness, including the right to express yourself in thought and action, to pursue the occupation of your choice, to live where you want, and to pursue the best education for you and your children.

At PLF, we: vindicate freedom of speech and association; defend the right to earn a living; support freedom in education; and uphold equal protection of the law, including freedom from racial discrimination.

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Seattle “democracy vouchers” may head to state supreme court

People use money to express themselves. Resistance T-shirts, MAGA hats, donations to moveon.org, promoted tweets–whatever your views may be, shouting louder than the other guy will cost you. So, what … ›

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Yim v. City of Seattle

Weekly litigation report — December 15, 2018

Public land stewards reiterate that the President can reduce the size of national monuments Briefing is now complete on the motion to dismiss Utah Diné Bikéyah v. Trump, a case … ›

Cases

Christa McAuliffe PTO v. de Blasio

Christa McAuliffe PTO v. de Blasio

Feeling that New York City’s eight specialized high schools contain too many Asian students, Mayor Bill de Blasio is changing an admissions program to limit the ability of students to get into predominately Asian-American schools. However, his so-called racial balancing effort will squeeze out Asian students—nearly three-quarters of whom come from low-income families. On behalf of Yi Fang and a number of Asian-American parents, the Asian-American Coalition for Education, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York, and the Christa McAuliffe Parent Teacher Organization, the plaintiff filed a federal lawsuit challenging the mayor’s unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

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Christa McAuliffe PTO v. de Blasio

Preliminary Injunction

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The constitutional right to speak for yourself

Public employees are a diverse group. Just as they don’t all look alike, neither do they think alike. Under union-backed “exclusive representation” laws, however, they must speak with a single … ›

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Weekly litigation report — Holding federal agencies accountable

Judicial review essential to hold federal agencies accountable On December 7, PLF filed a complaint on behalf of New Mexico ranchers in Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association v. Fish and … ›

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Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, Council 31

Even lawyers are entitled to First Amendment protection

In Fleck v. Wetch, North Dakota lawyer Arnold Fleck seeks to be free from his forced association with the State Bar Association of North Dakota. After considering his petition for … ›

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Ballinger v. City of Oakland

Weekly litigation report — Another Supreme Court Win!

Another PLF win in the Supreme Court This week, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously (8–0 with Justice Kavanaugh not participating) in favor of PLF client Edward Poitevent and his family … ›

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