Timothy R. Snowball

Attorney Sacramento

A fierce believer that “[o]ne’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote,” Tim Snowball joined Pacific Legal Foundation in 2017.

Tim’s practice spans PLF’s practice areas, including cases involving free speech, equal protection, administrative law, economic liberty, and property rights. In particular, Tim has focused upon refuting the so-called warrantless “administrative” search exception to the Fourth Amendment. Additionally, Tim is a strong advocate for public education in the areas of constitutional history, limited government, and the rule of law.

A California native, Tim has been interested in history and politics for as long as he can remember. A high school dropout, Tim subsequently graduated with honors from Grossmont College and UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and American Government and Politics. He obtained his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where he was a Notes Editor on the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and member of the Mock Trial Board. Upon graduation, he received The Presidents Volunteer Service Award from President Obama, and the Pro Bono Service Award from Dean Blake Morant.

Before joining PLF, Tim had stints at the Institute for Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Orleans Public Defender’s Office. When he is not fighting to protect and enforce the Bill of Rights, you can find Tim being a huge film nerd, 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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March 15, 2019

Unpacking Court-Packing: A Historically Bad Idea

Justice Scalia once described a particularly notorious legal test as "some ghoul in a late night horror movie that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles abroad, after being repeatedly killed and buried…" If only the late justice could see the latest proposal for his beloved institution. It seems the Supreme Court itself is ...

February 13, 2019

Democracy depends on Free Speech

When Alexis de Tocqueville made his famous sojourn to America in the early days of our republic, he was struck by our commitment to democratic principles. In those days almost all government was local and conducted through various direct mechanisms like town meetings. Basically, elected officials, neighbors, and the curious would get together and d ...

February 11, 2019

Welcome to California, land of 1,000 laws — and that’s just this year

This article was originally published in The Hill on February 6th, 2019. I've lived in California almost my entire life. And if there's one thing you can count on in this glorious state, it's the ability of the people to join together to overcome adversity in pursuit of the common good. But that healthy sense ...

January 30, 2019

Legislative overkill: 1,016 new California laws in 2019

Welcome to California! Where the beaches are beautiful, the food and wine are excellent, the people are friendly, and the state government constantly attempts to legislate any and all aspects of our lives in a vain attempt at coercing action in pursuit of some vision of achieving a glorious cradle-to-the-grave progressive utopia! Phew! 1016 new ...

January 28, 2019

Motion reveals decades-long systemic and on-going abuse of Falconers’ rights

Today, Peter Stavrianoudakis, Katherine Stavrianoudakis, Scott Timmons, Eric Ariyoshi, and American Falconry Conservancy filed a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction in their federal lawsuit to protect licensed falconers’ constitutional rights under the Fourth and First Amendments. If granted by the Court, this injunction will prevent Californ ...

January 04, 2019

Government Shutdown: Fake News!

It seems like every week the mainstream media announces a new crisis facing the country. First, we were told that the election of Donald Trump as president would “literally” destroy the United States (it didn’t). Then we were told that ending net neutrality would “literally” destroy the internet (nope). Finally, reform ...