About Meriem L. Hubbard

Meriem L. Hubbard is a principal attorney in PLF's individual rights group. She also manages PLF's Pacific Northwest office in Bellevue, Washington. Ms. Hubbard joined PLF in 2000, and litigated property rights cases for ten years before joining the individual rights group.

When can public money go to religious institutions?

The Supreme Court has two opportunities to answer questions about when taxpayer dollars can go to religious institutions.  The Court has already agreed to review an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley. … Continue reading

A win for school choice in North Carolina

In 2013, North Carolina’s General Assembly held extensive hearings on legislation designed to equalize educational opportunities for low-income students.  The Opportunity Scholarship Program, would provide scholarships from the State to attend any private school, including those operated by religious organizations. … Continue reading

Native Hawaiian self-governance case heats up

Last summer, six Hawaiian residents filed a lawsuit in federal court, challenging the constitutionality of a provision allowing Native Hawaiians to hold an election of delegates, a convention, and a referendum.  This process is designed to further self-determination and self-governance … Continue reading

Fresno newspaper calls Proposition 209 a “mistake”

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 … Continue reading

New study urges consideration of race in college admissions

The use of standardized tests in college admissions has created much controversy in recent years.  Do test scores predict college success? Are the tests fair to minorities and poor applicants?  Are applicants, whose parents did not attend college, at a disadvantage?  Some schools have … Continue reading

Los Angeles court redefines discrimination under Proposition 209

In early May, the Los Angeles Court of Appeal issued a decision in Cesar Baez v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System.  The decision is, for the most part, unremarkable.  But there is one controversial section that, contrary to existing case law, severely limits protections adopted by the voters in Proposition 209 in … Continue reading