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 work 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. In addition, Tim is a strong public proponent of education in the areas of constitutional history, limited government, and the rule of law. Tim’s previous legal work includes stints at the Institute for Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Orleans Public Defender’s Office.

Tim was born in Los Angeles and grew up with his mother and brother in San Diego. A history and politics junky from an early age, Tim graduated with honors from Grossmont College and UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and American Government and Politics. After CAL, Tim obtained his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. At GW, he was a Notes Editor on the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, and member of the Mock Trial Skills Board and the GW Chapter of the Federalist Society. Upon graduation, he received both The Presidents Volunteer Service Award and GW Public Interest Service Award.

When he is not fighting to protect and enforce the Bill of Rights, you can find Tim in the gym, debating the finer points of the Star Wars Saga, or with his nose stuck in a book. Tim is currently licensed to practice in California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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 work 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. In addition, Tim is a strong public proponent of education in the areas of constitutional history, limited government, and the rule of law. Tim’s previous legal work includes stints at the Institute for Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Orleans Public Defender’s Office.

Tim was born in Los Angeles and grew up with his mother and brother in San Diego. A history and politics junky from an early age, Tim graduated with honors from Grossmont College and UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and American Government and Politics. After CAL, Tim obtained his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. At GW, he was a Notes Editor on the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, and member of the Mock Trial Skills Board and the GW Chapter of the Federalist Society. Upon graduation, he received both The Presidents Volunteer Service Award and GW Public Interest Service Award.

When he is not fighting to protect and enforce the Bill of Rights, you can find Tim in the gym, debating the finer points of the Star Wars Saga, or with his nose stuck in a book. Tim is currently licensed to practice in California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Property Rights

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. Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Peter and other falconers, as well as the American Falconry Conservancy, challenging the constitutionality of falconry regulations enforced by both the California and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Departments.

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Property Rights

Robertson v. United States

Montana man unjustly convicted of violating Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prosecuted Joe Robertson for allegedly polluting waters of the United States as a result of a series of ponds he built on land above the small town of Basin, Montana. The prosecution turned on a definition of “waters of the United States” that included land 40 miles away from the nearest navigable river. A jury agreed with this definition, finding the ponds had a “significant nexus” to the river, and convicted Robertson. PLF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Robertson’s conviction.

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Procedural Guarantees

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 General to unilaterally make law. PLF’s supporting brief urges the Court to revive the Non-Delegation doctrine, so Congress can no longer dodge accountability by sloughing off its lawmaking responsibilities.

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By Timothy R. Snowball

Warrantless searches threaten the rights of all Americans

What are the proper limits on government power? For some complicated legal questions, the answer is not always easy. But for others, like the operation of the Fourth Amendment to the … ›

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By Timothy R. Snowball

There is no “falconry exception” to the Bill of Rights

Imagine one quiet morning you are eating breakfast in your own home. Minding your own business and not bothering anyone. Suddenly, there are several loud raps on your door. Rightly startled, … ›

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Op-Ed

The United States is not a democracy—and it wasn’t meant to be one

Originally published by The Hill October 29, 2018. In Americans’ popular imagination, Abraham Lincoln stands not only as a historic national leader, but also as the great exponent of the … ›

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By Timothy R. Snowball

The Supreme Court should tell Congress to do its job

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Gundy v. United States. At issue in Gundy is a constitutionally impermissible re-delegation of legislative power from Congress to the Attorney … ›

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By Timothy R. Snowball

Here come the California speech police

While the United States has much to thank Great Britain for, including our common law system and our preference for coffee over tea, when it comes to modern politics the … ›

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By Timothy R. Snowball

Food freedom for street vendors and consumers in California

While the football in UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium is often ugly, 2017’s game against Weber State occurred on a beautiful fall day. The independent food vendors were out in force … ›

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