Chris Kieser

Attorney

Chris Kieser is an previous PLF Law Clerk rejoining staff as an attorney. Kieser practices primarily in PLF’s property rights group, where he defends the right to use one’s private property free from burdensome regulation. His past clients include Ray and Teresa Burns, who had been prohibited from building a home on their property in a residential area of South Lake Tahoe. He has also litigated in other areas, including free speech, environmental regulation, and equal protection.

Kieser’ articles have been published in the William & Mary Environmental Law Review and the Federalist Society’s Engage journal. He has also written op-eds that have been published in the Daily Journal and The Blaze. In between working at PLF, Kieser clerked for the Honorable Daniel A. Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Thomas D. Schroeder of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Kieser was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. Graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 with a BA in history and economics, cum laude, and from Notre Dame Law School in 2013, magna cum laude. At NDLS, he was an Articles Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and an active member of the school’s Federalist Society chapter.

When Kieser’s not at work, you’re likely to find him rooting on the Mets and Fighting Irish or arguing about some arcane point of law (because apparently that doesn’t happen enough at work).

Kieser is currently licensed to practice in California, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Central Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Chris Kieser is an previous PLF Law Clerk rejoining staff as an attorney. Kieser practices primarily in PLF’s property rights group, where he defends the right to use one’s private property free from burdensome regulation. His past clients include Ray and Teresa Burns, who had been prohibited from building a home on their property in a residential area of South Lake Tahoe. He has also litigated in other areas, including free speech, environmental regulation, and equal protection.

Kieser’ articles have been published in the William & Mary Environmental Law Review and the Federalist Society’s Engage journal. He has also written op-eds that have been published in the Daily Journal and The Blaze. In between working at PLF, Kieser clerked for the Honorable Daniel A. Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Thomas D. Schroeder of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Kieser was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. Graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 with a BA in history and economics, cum laude, and from Notre Dame Law School in 2013, magna cum laude. At NDLS, he was an Articles Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and an active member of the school’s Federalist Society chapter.

When Kieser’s not at work, you’re likely to find him rooting on the Mets and Fighting Irish or arguing about some arcane point of law (because apparently that doesn’t happen enough at work).

Kieser is currently licensed to practice in California, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Central Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Personal Liberties

Christa McAuliffe PTO v. de Blasio

Stopping New York’s attempt to discriminate against Asian-American students

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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By Chris Kieser

PLF sues to stop racial discrimination in New York City magnet school admissions

New York’s specialized high schools are the crown jewel of the City’s public education system. Including nationally-recognized schools like Stuyvesant High School, the Bronx High School of Science, and Brooklyn … ›

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Proposed bill would rein in “tree police” in Michigan towns

Do you own the trees on your property? Most property owners assume so, but one particular Michigan municipality thinks otherwise: Canton, a township just outside Detroit, has ramped up enforcement … ›

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By Chris Kieser

PLF Urges Supreme Court to Review Hawaii Takings Case

In an attempt to preserve undeveloped beachfront land in Maui, Maui County planned to purchase nine parcels to create a park. But the County ran into a predictable problem; beachfront … ›

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By Chris Kieser

PLF files brief in North Carolina voter ID case

In 2013, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision that ended federal preclearance of voting laws, North Carolina enacted an omnibus election reform bill that set off a partisan firestorm in the state and on editorial pages nationwide On top of the much-discussed voter identification requirement, the law repealed same-day registration during the early-voting period and prohibited the counting of ballots cast in a voter’s incorrect precinct, while reducing early voting from seventeen to ten days While the legislation included a bipartisan amendment that kept aggregate early-voting hours the same (forcing counties to open up more sites or keep existing sites open longer), opponents

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By Chris Kieser

Daily Journal publishes PLF op-ed on Martin's Beach decision

The San Francisco Daily Journal published my op-ed today on last week’s California Court of Appeal decision in the Friends of Martin’s Beach case As I have written before, in this case an advocacy group sued property owner Vinod Khosla claiming that the public is entitled to cross his property to reach the beach  The group relied mostly on Article X, Section 4 of the California Constitution, which codifies the state’s public trust doctrine  But the Court of Appeal held that constitutional provision doesn’t extend far enough to grant access to private property  The decision is a win for California property owners because it recognizes the importance of the right to

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PLF clients win in settlement with Tahoe agency

PLF clients Ray Burns and Teresa Avila-Burns just wanted to build a small house on their vacant lot in South Lake Tahoe so that their elderly mothers could enjoy the high quality of life in the Lake Tahoe area But the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) said the parcel the Burns had purchased was entirely inside a Stream Environment Zone, preventing El Dorado County from issuing a building permit The Burns were unable to build even though their parcel had a home on it for three decades before it was destroyed in the Angora fire in 2007

After having little success negotiating with TRPA for permission to build their

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