Timothy R. Snowball

Attorney Sacramento

Tim Snowball joined Pacific Legal Foundation in September 2017. His practice spans PLF’s issue areas, with a particular focus on individual rights, including Americans’ Fourth Amendment right to be free from arbitrary warrantless searches in the comfort and safety of their homes. Tim is licensed to practice in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and various U.S. District Courts.

Tim graduated with honors from Grossmont College in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in Political Science. After Grossmont, Tim transferred to UC Berkeley, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Government and Politics. After finishing at Berkeley, Tim matriculated to The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where he received his Juris Doctor.

At GW, Tim served as a Notes Editor on the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and coach on the Mock Trial Skills Board. He was also an active member of GW’s chapter of the Federalist Society. Upon graduation, Tim received both the President’s Volunteer Service Award and Pro Bono Service Award for having donated over 500 hours of pro bono service.

Before joining PLF, Tim had stints at the Institute for Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, Orleans Public Defenders Office, and over a decade of management experience of both small and large teams.

Tim is a regular op-ed contributor to several national publications, including The Hill, The Daily Caller, and The Daily Journal. Additionally, he has participated in over 80 media interviews on regional and nationally syndicated broadcasts. Tim also regularly provides content on the PLF Blog, and has been featured on PLF’s YouTube channel. He regularly delivers speeches and presentations on the U.S. Constitution, individual liberty, and the rule of law.

When he is not fighting to protect and enforce the Bill of Rights, you can find Tim being a huge film nerd, at the gym, with his nose stuck in a book, or exploring the greater Sacramento area.

Connecticut Parents Union v. Wentzell

Race-based quotas in Connecticut schools hurt Black and Hispanic students

Each year, world-class magnet schools in Connecticut deny admission to thousands of deserving children while leaving available seats empty—because of skin color. State law requires magnet schools’ enrollment to be at least 25 percent white or Asian. This means Black and Hispanic students are turned away if their admission would push minorit ...

Peter Stavrianoudakis, et al., v. United States Department of Fish & Wildlife and California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Falconry regulations run afoul of the Bill of Rights

Peter Stavrianoudakis is a longtime licensed falconer in California who just wants to do what people have been doing for thousands of years—raise and train falcons. But state and federal regulations have become so restrictive, he and fellow falconers around the country are left to choose between their falcons or their constitutional rights. Pacif ...

Gundy v. United States

Congress must do its own job—make laws

The Constitution gives Congress the power to make laws, but not to delegate that power to the Executive Branch. Doing so allows unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to make rules in violation of the Non-Delegation doctrine. In Gundy, the U.S. Supreme Court will review whether Congress violated the Non-Delegation doctrine by empowering the Attorney ...

D.M. & Z.G. v. Minnesota State High School League

Discrimination dance: “Girls only” school dance team is unconstitutional

When 16-year-old Dmitri Moua discovered dancing, he found a new way to be a part of a team and build his self-confidence. But when he wanted to join his high school’s competitive dance team, he was denied because he is a boy. Dmitri’s school is in the Minnesota State High School League—whose bylaws declare competitive dance a “g ...

Taylor v. Polhill, et al

Florida’s outdated licensing robs hearing, livelihoods

In Florida, you need a license to sell hearing aids. Dan Taylor of Melbourne, Florida, gave up his license after 30 years, because Florida’s outdated regulations were made for older models, not the updated, technologically sophisticated models he and his customers prefer. In a federal lawsuit on behalf of Dan, PLF argues that Florida’s ...

Santa Barbara Association of Realtors v. City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City Council

Santa Barbara Violates Fourth Amendment Rights of Property Owners

Under an impermissibly vague Santa Barbara ordinance, home owners wishing to sell their residential property are required to allow the city to enter and conduct unconstitutional warrantless searches prior to sale. Failure to comply with this unconstitutional condition exposes the home owner to possible criminal and civil penalties. The Fourth Amend ...

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Total victory for boys’ dance in Minnesota!

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NAFA Amicus Brief Falls Flat

According to their website, the North American Falconers Association (NAFA) was founded in 1961 to represent the interests of North American falconers. Unfortunately, NAFA hasn't always been steadfast in pursuing this worthy mission. For decades, the constitutional rights of falconers in California and across the United States have been under const ...

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Unpacking Court-Packing: A Historically Bad Idea

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