Angela C. Erickson

Strategic Research Director

Angela serves Pacific Legal Foundation by directing its strategic research initiative. Through high-quality social science research, the strategic research team provides new insights into the problems PLF’s cases address and helps inform opinion leaders, the press, and the general public.

Before joining PLF, Angela helped vindicate individual liberty by working with several national and state-based organizations to answer questions about important policy issues.

She was previously a senior research analyst at the Institute for Justice where she conducted original social science research on property rights, economic liberty, and school choice issues. Her work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House, Good Morning America, and The Washington Post.

Originally from East Troy, Wisconsin, Angela received her Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and earned her undergraduate degree from Beloit College. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her mellifluous husband, Caleb, and their two children, Coraline and Cyrus. In her spare time, Angela seeks personal liberty through yoga and hiking in nature.

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August 20, 2020

States are suspending Certificate of Need laws in the wake of COVID-19 but the damage might already be done

Updated on August 20, 2020 With the spread of COVID-19 pushing hospitals to full or near-full capacity in Florida, New York, Washington, and elsewhere, numerous states are reevaluating one policy that is meant to prevent the growth of health care services and facilities. Certificate of Need (CON) laws currently exist in 38 states across the ...

September 19, 2019

In 13 states, it’s legal for governments to steal your home equity

Editor’s note: In July 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of Uri Rafaeli, preventing the government from foreclosing on private property for unpaid property taxes, and keeping all the proceeds. This is a major victory for property owners in Michigan and is an important step in ending Home Equity Theft nationwide. *** Uri ...

May 09, 2019

The Daily Caller: Making federal regulators accountable starts with fixing the FDA

Over the course of 17 years, the Food and Drug Administration issued 25 federal rules that each cost Americans potentially $100 million or more. That's the alarming finding of research I released this month through the Pacific Legal Foundation cataloging the lack of democratic accountability within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ...

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