Wen Fa

Attorney

Wen Fa is an attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation. He has litigated cases in all of PLF’s practice areas and focuses on equality before the law and free speech. Having immigrated to America from Beijing, Wen believes that individualism and innovation are critical to human flourishing in the United States and around the world. He relishes the opportunity to advance these ideals though his litigation and communication.

Wen was one of the primary attorneys in two of PLF’s recent Supreme Court cases: Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky and Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid. He has fought to vindicate equality before the law in numerous cases, in which he represented parents and students fighting against racial discrimination in Hartford, St. Louis, and New York. As the Geza and Cynthia Karakas Attorney for Free Speech, Wen represented a university professor, an army veteran, and a gay musician in their challenge to the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ vague prohibition on speech it considers “offensive to good taste and decency.

In addition to litigation, Wen promotes principles of individualism and opportunity in the court of public opinion. In 2021, he testified before Congress about PLF cases regarding equality before the law. Wen has published op-eds in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and City Journal. He has talked about PLF cases in podcasts, on television, and in speeches to students at Georgetown, Berkeley, University of Southern California, and other law schools around the country.

Wen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas-Dallas, a master’s degree in political theory from the London School of Economics, where he studied under libertarian scholar Chandran Kukathas, and a law degree from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining PLF, Wen worked at the Human Rights Initiative and the Austin chapter of the Institute for Justice. Wen is licensed to practice law in California, Texas, and several federal district and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

When he’s not hard at work, Wen enjoys playing and watching sports, listening to podcasts, and traveling. Wen lives in Northern California with two dogs and a mischievous cat, who he found and rescued from a Green Acres parking lot in 2018.

Tiegs v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to farmers and ranchers across the country

When the pandemic struck, much of the U.S. agriculture industry felt the financial crunch. Julie Owen, James Tiegs, Abraham and Cally Jergenson, and Chad Ward were initially encouraged when Congress passed a COVID-19 relief law that included a farm loan forgiveness provision for economic hardship. But they each discovered that they are ineligible f ...

Dunlap v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to Oregon farmer

Katie and James Dunlap are farmers in Oregon who both work two jobs in addition to raising their toddler. The couple rent land from his parents where they raise cattle and hay—an endeavor that required two farm loans to buy cattle and equipment. Like many other farmers, the Dunlaps were negatively affected by COVID and were relieved when they hea ...

McKinney v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to Texas farmer

Jarrod McKinney began his farming journey about eight years ago with help from a federal loan for beginning farmers. Like many farmers in the Texarkana region, Jarrod raises cattle, tending today to 60 pairs. Like many farmers facing economic hardship in the pandemic’s aftermath, Jarrod was hopeful when he heard about a farm loan forgiveness ...

Kent v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to Illinois farmers

Ryan Kent is a full-time farmer in Centralia, Illinois, and owner of a 5,000-acre farm started by his father. Like many farmers across the country, he has a federal farm loan with an outstanding balance that caused economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. At first encouraged about a farm loan forgiveness provision in the American Rescue Plan ...

Wynn v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to farmers

Scott Wynn is a lifelong farmer who has run Wynn Farms in Jennings, Florida, producing sweet potatoes, corn, and cattle since 2006. COVID-19, however, hit the family’s finances hard. Steep drops in beef prices and too little help and supplies to grow sweet potatoes meant less income, nearly all of which went toward federal farm loan repayment ...

Hardre et al. v. Markey et al.

Colorado barbershop owner fights for his right to equality before the law

Etienne Hardre was forced to close his barbershop in Colorado Springs, CO, at the start of the pandemic and has operated at reduced capacity since. He worked tirelessly to find relief programs and grants that would allow him to keep his business afloat and provide for the livelihood of his family and employees. In December, the Governor signed legi ...

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June 28, 2021

The Hill: Why farmers are fighting the USDA’s loan forgiveness program

The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March, hinged eligibility for loan forgiveness on the basis of one characteristic: race. It said minority farmers are automatically entitled to a payment of 120 percent of their farm loans; white farmers are excluded, no matter how dire their circumstances. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaime ...

May 17, 2021

The Hill: After losing a congressional seat, California needs a course correction

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California's leading exports are computers and electronic products. But these days, it feels like the top exports are jobs, residents and misguided public policy. Companies such as Tesla, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle — once staples of Silicon Valley — are moving to more employmen ...

May 05, 2021

Harvard’s inconsistent position on discrimination ignores the full meaning of equality before the law

Later this month, Harvard University will file its brief asking the Supreme Court to refrain from reviewing its admissions policy. Its full-throated defense of the policy, which discriminates against "Asian-American" students, reveals the university's inconsistent position on discrimination. On one hand, Harvard condemns discrimination against Asia ...

April 15, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Schools offer empty words to Asians

The horrific murders in Atlanta last week inspired an outpouring of support for Asian-Americans. "An attack on any group of us is an attack on all of us—and on everything we represent as an institution," Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. "To Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in our community: We stand ...

March 19, 2021

California’s friends miss the mark in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

On March 22, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, Pacific Legal Foundation's latest case before the Supreme Court. As my colleague Joshua Thompson will argue before the Court, the case involves an important question of property law: Does the government have to pay the property owner when it takes ...

March 18, 2021

PLF congressional testimony against Asian American discrimination

On March 18, 2021, Pacific Legal Foundation Attorney Wencong Fa will testify before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Wencong will be speaking about discrimination against Asian Americans in Education. You can watch the hearing here. You can read Wencong’s statement below: *** Chairman Cohen, Vice ...

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