Fresno newspaper calls Proposition 209 a "mistake"

November 30, 2015 | By MERIEM L. HUBBARD

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument for the second time in Abigail Fisher’s case against the University of Texas at Austin.  The Fresno Bee’s editorial board chimed in on the case yesterday, criticizing California’s Proposition 209 and blaming its passage for the lack of diversity among students in the Unive ...


President's weekly report — November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Clean Water Act This week, we submitted comments on the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA’s proposed rule redefining the term “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The rule, if adopted, would be the largest expansion of power ever proposed by a federal agency. It would give the Federal Government regulatory powe ...


Moneyball Sentencing

October 27, 2014 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Dawinder Sidhu has an excellent article available at SSRN about the criminal justice’s system increasing use of statistics to predict a defendant’s future dangerousness.  Professor Sidhu analogizes to the concept of Moneyball—or the practice of using batting statistics to predict a bas ...


PLF continues to support Abigail Fisher

August 05, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Yesterday PLF filed this brief amicus curiae in support of Abigail Fisher.  PLF was joined on the brief by our friends from Center for Equal Opportunity, Project 21, Reason Foundation, and Individual Rights Foundation.  Ms. Fisher continues to fight for her right to be treated equally under the law.  As you recall, last year the Supreme Court ...


Racial preferences are set for extinction


Over the past year, advocates of racial preferences have suffered so many setbacks that racial preferences are becoming extinct. … ...


PLF files amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas

October 11, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed this amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas—which is in the Fifth Circuit after being remanded from the Supreme Court last summer.  We were joined on the brief by the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), Individual Rights Foundation (IRF), Reason Foundati ...


Preliminary Fisher round-up

June 24, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

It’s only been a few hours since the Court announced its 7-1 opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas.  The Court upheld (for the time being) diversity in education as a legitimate goal that universities could pursue, but instructed the Fifth Circuit to apply a strict level of scrutiny to the way the University of … ...


PLF in court fighting against San Francisco’s racial preferences

November 07, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

On November 16, in San Francisco County Superior Court, department 302, at 9:30 a.m., the court will hear oral argument on the cross-motions for summary judgment in the case called Coral Construction v. City and County of San Francisco.  At the hearing, attorneys for San Francisco will make an argument that no court has ever accepted, … ...


Racial preferences and academic mismatch at the University of Oklahoma

October 24, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

On Monday, the Center for Equal Opportunity released a study showing that the University of Oklahoma granted racial preferences in student admissions in law, undergraduate and medical school. According to the study, minority students were admitted to undergraduate school despite having lower college entrance examination scores and high school grad ...