Meet three fine fellows on Courting Liberty

PLF’s College of Public Interest Law (CPIL) welcomes its Class of 2015 — Julio Colomba, Ray Nhan, and Caleb Trotter. In this podcast, hosted by PLF Chief Communications Officer Bob Krauter, these recent law school graduates discuss their background, their … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 16, 2015

Public trust doctrine in Indiana We filed this amicus brief in Gunderson v. Indiana, a case where the state and local governments are asserting a public trust in land between Lake Michigan’s water line and a new, and largely fictional, … Continue reading

PLF at the Supreme Court, Part II on Courting Liberty

In continuation of last week, this week’s podcast comes from PLF’s DC Center with Todd Gaziano and Shauneen Werlinger adding their insights to more of the cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. They tackle Fisher v. University of Texas, … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 2, 2015

Endangered species — Utah prairie dog Oral argument was held this week in People for Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the case where we are challenging the right of the federal government to … Continue reading

Made a deal with the devil? Deal with it.

There’s an interesting issue lurking in PLF’s petition for review in Common Sense Alliance v. Growth Management Hearings Board: Is a conservation buffer an interest in real property? Briefly about the case: Common Sense Alliance involves a challenge to San … Continue reading

PLF attorneys ask Washington Supreme Court to protect property owners from San Juan County land grab

Washington’s “growth management” approach to regulating land-use adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas relies almost exclusively on presumptions and generalizations—demanding that landowners dedicate oversized buffers based on assumed impacts rather than any actual determination that a proposed development will or will … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 25, 2015

Supreme Court and wetlands determinations — again? After we won Sackett on the question whether a landowner is entitled to judicial review of a wetlands ruling before facing ruinous penalties and permitting costs we had hoped the federal government would get … Continue reading

Adverse decision in sea otter case

Late Friday afternoon, the district court issued an adverse decision in PLF’s challenge to the termination of the sea otter management zone in Southern California. This zone was required under a statute that authorized the Service to establish a new … Continue reading

PLF comments again on Marin County coastal plan

For several years now, PLF attorneys have been following Marin County’s efforts to amend its Local Coastal Program. In the past, we have submitted comment letters both to the Coastal Commission and the Marin County Board of Supervisors detailing our … Continue reading