Brien P. Bartels

Legal Secretary Washington

Brien Bartels is the legal secretary in PLF’s Bellevue office, 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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April 20, 2021

Who is pushing to reinstate regulations eased under Covid?

As we inch toward pre-COVID normalcy, it's important to recognize how much Americans have benefited from temporarily cutting red tape. It's equally important to recognize who's lobbying to return to red tape normalcy. A recent Wall Street Journal article questions whether the easing of regulations that occurred during the pandemic should be abandon ...

April 19, 2021

The Hill: Congress and the administration cannot play games with the Congressional Review Act

On March 19, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget acting director, requesting that the OMB freeze and repeal any previous administration regulations that were not sent to Congress as required by the Congressional Review Act (CRA). While Congress and the president have the authority to roll back ...

April 19, 2021

CNN: What packing the Supreme Court would really do

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently offered some advice to the proponents of court packing: think long and hard about the consequences. The octogenarian justice, who finds himself the latest target of a pressure campaign to retire, warned while speaking at Harvard Law School that “structural alteration motivated by the perception ...

April 15, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Schools offer empty words to Asians

The horrific murders in Atlanta last week inspired an outpouring of support for Asian-Americans. "An attack on any group of us is an attack on all of us—and on everything we represent as an institution," Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. "To Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in our community: We stand ...

April 14, 2021

Can the government force you to get a vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the greatest advancements of medical science ever. But while the vaccine represents a welcome key to finally overcoming COVID-19, it has also renewed the questions surrounding government's involvement in our health. Confusion and debate around vaccine eligibility or "vaccine passports" all lead to one central question ...

April 12, 2021

Orange County Register: Much ADU about nothing

There are only three bad things about Accessory Dwelling Units. The first two are (1) the name, and (2) the acronym. Why does every good normal thing have to be given an anodyne cover name when it gets discussed in public policy? ADU is a code name for in-law apartments, granny flats, over-the-garage apartments, and ...

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