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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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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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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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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PLF files federal challenge to agricultural union trespass regulation

In 1975, California enacted the Agricultural Labor Relations Act principally to govern relations between the United Farm Workers union and agricultural employers While the Union and their interests had lobbied for a provision in the Act allowing labor organizers to access private employer property to solicit worker support, the legislature did not include one But the Act also created the Agricultural Labor Relations Board and gave the Board authority to pass regulations affecting agricultural employers The Board did what the state legislature could not accomplish and decreed an access regulation immediately

Because that regulation infringed their right to exclude trespassers from private property, two groups of growers in

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School choice programs can help alleviate inefficiency in education

Many of the largest school districts in the United States spend an exorbitant amount of money on education Newark, New Jersey spends over $30,000 per student, while New York City and Washington, DC, spend over $25,000 And spending for education is always politically popular: witness the success of state lotteries, justified on the grounds that the money will help the under-performing public schools But despite the influx of money, these school systems maintain graduation rates barely over 60 percent That startling inefficiency has many causes: not the least of which being the significant power of teachers’ unions, who bear much responsibility for the $22 million New

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