Brien P. Bartels

Legal Secretary Washington

Brien Bartels is a legal secretary and primary contact for incoming requests for legal assistance. He joined PLF in 2012.

A one-time journalist, Brien was an assistant editor at Liberty magazine. He has also written for and volunteered with various political campaigns and civic groups.

Brien’s paralegal certificate was earned at Tacoma Community College. While in school, he was an intern/volunteer at the Pierce County (Wash.) Department of Assigned Counsel, the public defenders’ office.

He is an avid reader of history and science fiction, and a bicyclist. His ambition in the liberty movement is to finally get invited to Ephemerisle, the sea-steading conference on the Sacramento River, also known as “Drowning Man.”

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July 21, 2021

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun violence emergency order shows why unchecked executive powers are so dangerous

During the COVID-19 pandemic, governors across the country claimed extraordinary emergency power. For weeks and then for months and then for over a year, they used this purported authority to unilaterally shut down businesses, enact health and safety measures, and issue sweeping emergency orders. Such broad emergency power may have made sense in th ...

July 19, 2021

The Chicago Tribune: Coach houses expand Chicago’s housing availability. The city should fully embrace them.

It's not often that Chicago's City Council passes a housing law that can benefit nearly every Chicagoan. But the city did exactly that when it took its first—albeit tepid—step toward lifting its half-century ban on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's), or as they're more commonly known, coach houses or granny flats. In December last year, the ...

July 19, 2021

The Hill: Biden’s Education Department must choose accountability or a ‘Marbury v. Madison’ moment

The Biden presidency largely has been hailed as a return to normalcy, transparency and accountability following the tumultuous years of the Trump administration. Why then, is Biden's Department of Education refusing to allow one of its most important oversight boards to meet? The National Board for Education Sciences (NBES) is an advisory committee ...

July 16, 2021

The time has come to end discrimination in public education

Right now, the Supreme Court has given the government the opportunity to weigh in on a case in which Asian-American applicants allege discrimination by Harvard's Admissions Committee. Another suit, alleging anti-Asian discrimination at Yale, has been filed in federal district court. Some selective high schools have also revamped their admissions pr ...

July 16, 2021

Daily Journal: The High Court upholds nonprofit donors’ constitutional right to privacy

To anyone considering donating to a nonprofit organization (and I know a few good ones!), I have some great news: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld your constitutional right to privacy of association. On July 1, in a 6-3 opinion in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, 2021 DJDAR 6702, the Supreme Court struck down ...

July 16, 2021

Agency bureaucrats can’t ignore Marbury v. Madison

***Editor’s note: The Department of Education ignored our demand letter and failed to call the NBES meeting, so now we are seeking the NBES meeting in Court so Hanke, Yoo and NBES can carry out their oversight duties.   History and civics classes across the country teach the importance of political accountability for preserving individua ...

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