Daniel J. Dew

Legal Policy Director DC

Daniel Dew directs Pacific Legal Foundation’s legal policy efforts. The legal policy team works to expand individual liberty and human flourishing by leveraging PLF’s legal expertise and strategic research into concrete legislative, administrative, and regulatory victories at the state and federal levels.

Before joining PLF, Daniel was a legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute in Columbus, Ohio, and a visiting legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. He has led numerous successful public policy campaigns, including civil asset forfeiture reform, criminal justice reform, and removing government-imposed barriers to employment.

Daniel served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force to Examine Ohio’s Bail System, and Ohio’s Justice Reinvestment 2.0 Ad Hoc Committee.. He has also served as president of the Columbus, Ohio lawyers chapter of the Federalist Society, and chaired the Ohio State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Committee.

He earned his law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Utah State University.

Daniel and his wife, Amanda, keep busy with their three children and have a fourth on the way.


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January 12, 2021

The Hill: Enough is enough: It’s past time to rein in governors’ emergency powers

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic almost a year ago, governors and mayors have been governing unilaterally under the guise of emergency powers, and state legislatures and courts have delayed too long in reasserting their constitutional roles. Whether you believe that the government has done too much or too little to deal with COVID-19, ...