About Ralph Kasarda

Ralph Kasarda joined Pacific Legal Foundation in July 2007. His primary legal interests are individual rights and environmental law.

Racial preferences undermine the dream of Dr. King

On this day we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This holiday commemorates Dr. King’s remarkable struggles to combat racial inequality through nonviolence. My blog post from two years ago highlights his belief in American … Continue reading

School district sues popular charter school to stop school choice

PLF attorneys filed a brief last week in Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School. The case concerns efforts by a California school district to limit the educational opportunities offered by a nearby public charter school to the detriment … Continue reading

Time to set aside government race-based set-aside contracts

PLF attorneys filed a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week in Rothe Development, Inc. v. United States Department of Defense. In their brief, attorneys for PLF argue that the racial … Continue reading

Will Cincinnati award contracts based on race?

  Last year the City of Cincinnati agreed to pay a California-based company about $1 million to analyze city contracts for evidence of discrimination. The disparity study, which was actually completed in July, was finally released to the public this … Continue reading

California Supreme Court to scrutinize city’s money grab

Are you paying hidden taxes through your electric utility bill?  The residents of Redding are, and a lawsuit to stop it has reached the California Supreme Court.  PLF attorneys filed a brief last week challenging those taxes in Citizens for … Continue reading

Court tells prime contractor: Discriminate, or don’t bid

The Seventh Circuit issued a decision this week that basically tells prime contractors this: If you don’t want to discriminate against subcontractors on the basis of race and sex, then don’t bid on public contracts. The case is Dunnet Bay … Continue reading

Daily Journal runs PLF Op-Ed on the Supreme Court’s FHA Decision

Last week, the Daily Journal ran an op-ed written by PLF attorney Ralph Kasarda on the Supreme Court’s disparate impact/Fair Housing Act decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project Inc.  The article can be read here. … Continue reading