Erin Wilcox


Erin Wilcox joined PLF in 2018 and works primarily from Austin, Texas. She litigates cases around the country to secure the inalienable rights of all Americans to live responsibly and productively in their pursuit of happiness.

After graduating from law school, Erin defended the individual rights of employees as a litigator for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, was an attorney-advisor for the D.C. Public Employee Relations Board, and most recently fought for liberty in the Lone Star State as an attorney with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. During law school, Erin clerked at the Institute for Justice and was a Charles Koch Summer Fellow.

A native Texan, Erin ventured east after high school to earn a B.A. in history and political science from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law. In addition to liberty, Erin’s loves include college football, Texas barbecue, and a well-made Old Fashioned.

Pakdel v. City and County of San Francisco

Government can’t force tenants for life

Mr. Pakdel is a small business owner in Ohio. In 2009 he bought what’s known as a “tenancy in common” (TIC) apartment in San Francisco and leased it to a residential tenant. As part of the purchase, Pakdel signed an agreement with the other owners to convert the building’s six units into condominiums. But the City of San Fra ...

Linden v. South Dakota High School Activities Association

School’s “girls-only” dance team policy is a constitutional hustle

Fifteen-year-old Freddie Linden of North Sioux Falls, South Dakota can now lace up his dancing shoes as part of his school’s competitive dance team. The accomplished dancer already competes nationally on private dance teams, but the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) established competitive dance as a “female-only& ...

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February 22, 2019

This university professor can speak for herself… which is why she’s fighting for free speech at the Supreme Court

Kathleen Uradnik, a professor at Minnesota's St. Cloud State University, is free to speak with her political science students each day. But when she wants to speak with her employer about her job, Minnesota law says she has to let her university's labor union do the talking. But Uradnik doesn't belong to the union. She ...

February 04, 2019

Freeing workers from the dues deduction trap

When Wisconsin became the nation's twenty-fifth right-to-work state in 2015, thousands of employees like Lisa Aplin were freed from having to pay a monthly fee to a labor union they didn't belong to.  Ms. Aplin, an employee at John Deere, was not a member of the International Association of Machinists union, but for over a ...

February 04, 2019

Water, Property Rights and the Public Trust Doctrine

This article was originally published in The Daily Journal on January 30th 2018. Even if Mark Twain never actually said, "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over," nowhere is this maxim better illustrated than in California, where people have been claiming, diverting and fighting over water since pioneers and prospectors first started r ...

January 16, 2019

Will Supreme Court strike down union representation rule on free speech grounds? Here’s hoping

"Exclusive representation" is the rule that gives unions a monopoly on talking to employers on behalf of all employees in a workplace. Yet, in the aftermath of a recent Supreme Court decision, this controversial rule's time may be up. If so, that will be a big win for workers' free speech rights. This past summer, ...

December 21, 2018

Water rights are property rights too!

Stanford Vina Ranch Irrigation Company is a California non-profit water company that has been lawfully using water from Deer Creek for irrigation since 1862. When drought struck the state in 2014 and again the following year, California's State Water Resources Control Board ordered Stanford Vina to stop using water from Deer Creek or face serious ...

September 27, 2018

At Gerawan Farming, UFW Finally Gets the Boot

After five long years, the ballots from a 2013 election on whether to oust the United Farm Workers union (UFW) from Gerawan Farming, Inc. have finally been counted. The outcome was brutally clear: UFW lost the election 1,098 to 197, a margin of 5:1. UFW came to Gerawan Farming in 1990, but almost immediately abandoned ...