Litigating for individual liberty is the core of PLF’s mission.
Training the next generation to keep up the fight is vital to its success.
PLF’s educational program at Berkeley Law School launched in August 2018, offering a unique opportunity to reach students at one of the country’s most prestigious law schools—where students are not typically exposed to discussions about the importance of individual liberty.
The seminar, taught by PLF Executive Vice President and General Counsel John M. Groen, focuses on strategic constitutional litigation and the history of key legal principles, such as the regulatory takings doctrine, that uniquely affect property rights and economic liberty. It emphasizes the teaching of substantive areas of law through focusing on PLF cases, particularly those at the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the field placement, students join an active PLF litigation team to gain firsthand experience in pro-liberty public interest law.
The Berkeley seminar and field placement takes pro-liberty public interest litigation out of its silo and introduces it to the next generation of attorneys, who may or may not share our views before taking the course.
In 2015, PLF helped expand the Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at the Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, training law students to effectively advance property rights and economic liberty through litigation.
The clinic is like having a small law firm on a law school campus. In addition to coursework on strategic constitutional litigation, students work on actual PLF cases, under the supervision of PLF attorney and Chapman adjunct professor Larry Salzman.
Students in the clinic do meaningful work that makes a real-world difference in every case, including researching, meeting clients, assisting in the drafting of complaints and motions, conducting discovery, and even attending court hearings.