PLF files brief in North Carolina voter ID case

June 17, 2016 | By CHRIS KIESER

In 2013, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision that ended federal preclearance of voting laws, North Carolina enacted an omnibus election reform bill that set off a partisan firestorm in the state and on editorial pages nationwide. On top of the much-discussed voter identification requirement, the law repealed same-day re ...


Opposing disparate impact theory doesn't mean ignoring disparities

March 12, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

PLF opposes the use of disparate impact theory to strike down race-neutral laws that only have a disproportionate racial effect.  For example, PLF supported Merrill Lynch, when its policy of promoting successful brokers was challenged as having an illegal disparate impact.  We supported New Haven, Connecticut in a disparate impact challenge whe ...