STATEMENT : PLF lauds Ricci Supreme Court ruling

June 29, 2009 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

PLF lauds Ricci ruling, which can help PLF's current lawsuits against San Francisco and Caltrans public-works contracting quotas  The Supreme Court ruled Monday that New Haven, CT. violated federal civil rights law when it scrapped the results of a firefighters promotional exam because the top scorers did not meet the city's pre ...


Barbara Boxer : Step 1 — Find mouth. Step 2 — Insert foot.

July 17, 2009 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Author: Joshua Thompson Harry C. Alford, president and chief executive of the National Black Chamber of Commerce spoke yesterday during the Senate hearing chaired by Barbara Boxer (D-CA) , entitled "Ensuring and Enhancing U.S. Competitiveness while Moving toward a Clean Energy Economy.”  Fireworks ensued. After Mr. Alford spo ...


Roger Clegg hits the nail on the head

July 27, 2009 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Author: Joshua Thompson  Roger Clegg, President of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has a very good piece on The National Review Online, reviewing a piece in The Washington Post.  Mr. Clegg has worked with PLF attorneys in the past, (see here, or here) and is nationally-known for his insight into race-preferences, Equal Pro ...


Who said it? Take our Freedom Quotes Quiz!

September 09, 2009 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

FREEDOM QUOTES QUIZ Choose who SAID these eloquent words with the powerful theme:NO to Big Government! 1.    “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”     A.    Calvin Coolidge    B. � ...


Announcing PLF's 2010 CPIL Fellowships

September 15, 2009 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Attention 3Ls!  Apply now for a post-grad litigation Fellowship with PLF at our Sacramento headquarters, starting in September, 2010.   Applications are due at the end of this month, so don't delay! … ...


PLF victory in Proposition 209 challenge

October 12, 2009 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Author: Joshua Thompson Last week, PLF won an important victory for equality under the law in the case of Smith v. California Health and Human Services Agency.  The case challenged Cal. Health & Safety Code §§ 128330(g) & 128345 under Article I, section 31(a) of the California Constitution (often referred to as Proposition 209), whi ...


PLF files new Proposition 209 lawsuit directly in California Court of Appeal

October 16, 2009 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF filed a lawsuit today against a number of California agencies and officials including Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Brown.  The lawsuit alleges that the recently enacted Assembly Bill 21 (AB 21), grants preferences on the basis of race and sex in public contracting.  You can read PLF' ...


The "diversity" rationale

October 18, 2009 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Author: Joshua Thompson Over at The Volokh Conspiracy, Ilya Somin has an interesting post on the justificaiton(s) for race/ethnic preferences at public universities.  He notes how there are two general theories that are held out to justify such preferences: (1) compensatory justice; and (2) promotion of diversity.  He notes how th ...


What does "reverse discrimination" mean?


Author: Joshua Thompson Discrimination.  Period.  With respect to race, it means treating certain people differently because they have a certain favored or disfavored skin color. I am often dismayed by opponents of racial preferences (opponents of discrimination), or proponents of equality under the law, when they use the the term & ...