Joshua Polk

Attorney Sacramento

Joshua rejoined the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Sacramento office in 2019 after completing a summer clerkship in 2018. He practices within several PLF’s litigation areas including economic liberty and property rights.

Growing up in the deep south, Joshua was raised with an appreciation of individualism and a skepticism toward overreaching government. In college, he solidified his deeply ingrained love of liberty by studying Austrian economics and becoming a founding member of his school’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter.

Joshua earned B.A. degrees in Foreign Languages, Criminal Justice, and Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. During law school he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review. In this position, he hosted several liberty-focused events with topics ranging from criminal justice reform to equality in education.

With his free time, Joshua enjoys traveling, watching Colts football, and reading science-fiction.

Celeste Mohr, D.D.S., et al. v. Texas State Board of Dental Examiners et al.

Defending the right to practice teledentistry from state-sponsored protectionism

Dr. Celeste Mohr began practicing teledentistry as a way to pursue a livelihood while also staying at home to care for her two autistic children. She offers her remote dental consultations via TheTeleDentists, a startup teledentistry platform that offers direct-to-consumer services. As with other types of telemedicine, teledentistry uses video, pho ...

Mucciaccio v. Town of Easton and Tallage Lincoln, LLC

A family’s loss is a private company’s windfall in state’s home equity theft scheme

Mark and Neil Mucciaccio treasure their deep family roots in Easton, Massachusetts. In fact, the brothers still live in their childhood home with Mark’s wife, stepdaughter, and two grandchildren. A streak of financial hardship and family medical troubles that began in 2013 left them struggling to keep up with their property tax bills. In 2016 ...

Feltner v. Cuyahoga County Board of Revision

Ohio county’s illegal tax foreclosure robs property owner and taxpayers

Elliot Feltner inherited his father-in-law’s Cleveland, Ohio, autobody shop in 2012 and discovered the property, while valued at $144,500, had a property tax debt of more than $65,000. He decided to sell it to pay the debt and even found a buyer, but before he could complete a sale, the county took his property without paying him for his $80, ...

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May 11, 2021

The Hill: Utah should open its doors to economic opportunity

On the heels of a pandemic, states should be inviting innovation, entrepreneurship and economic recovery. But a recent story in Utah exemplifies a disturbing trend in America: banning all business models not explicitly permitted and depriving people of their shot at the American Dream. Late last year, Utahan entrepreneur Zachary Stucki reached out ...

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The Center Square: Texas dental board shows the dark side of licensure

Early in the pandemic, when just about everyone was looking for a way to get services from home, the Texas Board of Dental Examiners banned teledentistry. Why would the board ban people from getting dental advice remotely at a time when people most needed to stay at home? One answer lies in the composition of ...

February 05, 2021

Jurist: Tax lien foreclosures in Massachusetts or legalized home theft

In some states, missing a tax payment could cost you your home. That's exactly what happened to one family from Easton, Massachusetts. Although brothers Neil and Mark Mucciaccio owned their house outright, they struggled to keep up with rising property taxes when their family experienced several medical and financial hardships. When the brothers fa ...

July 11, 2020

Issues & Insights: Lifting zoning restrictions would get Americans back to work during the COVID-19 crisis

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