President’s weekly report — January 23, 2015

Property Rights — New Jersey rejects takings claim The New Jersey Supreme Court issued this adverse ruling in Griepenburg v. Township of Ocean.  In that case the New Jersey Supreme Court held that a local government can zone a property … Continue reading

Oral argument held in Shea v. Kerry

On Tuesday of this week I was in Washington, D.C. arguing Shea v. Kerry before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  This case involves a challenge to the State Department’s discriminatory affirmative action program for Foreign Service officers.  The facts of … Continue reading

Do federal civil rights laws guarantee equal outcomes? Join me for a discussion after the Supreme Court oral argument on January 21.

Liberty Blog has several great posts, including here, here, and here, discussing the significant equal protection issues in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. The Pacific Legal Foundation’s excellent amicus brief by my Sacramento … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 16, 2015

The Raisins are Dancing Again — cert grant The Supreme Court granted cert in Horne v. United States, making this the second trip to the Court for the dancing raisins.  Under a depression-era statute, raisin growers must give a substantial … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 9, 2015

United States Supreme Court — awaiting orders in three of our cases We’re hoping for good news on Monday when the Court is set to issue orders in three of our cases: Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. Jewell (whether the … Continue reading

New York Court Hears Firefighters’ Title VII Case

On Tuesday the New York Court of Appeals–New York’s highest court–heard argument in Margerum v. City of Buffalo, a case brought by white firefighters who were not promoted because of their race. The City of Buffalo allowed the fire department’s promotional eligibility … Continue reading

Would it be cheaper to just fly every Californian to Japan?

I follow The Onion on Twitter.  It is a news parody site, and it is regularly hilarious.  Over the weekend it tweeted, “Ambitious High-Speed Rail Plan Will Fly Americans To Japan To Use Their Trains onion.com/1Am4dk1 #OurAnnualYear.”  The linked article talks about an “ambitious” $80 billion … Continue reading

Could Texas soon be back under federal Voting Rights Act supervision?

In October, federal judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of the Southern District of Texas issued a far-reaching opinion striking down Texas’ new Voter ID law on several grounds. She not only found that the law violated Section 2 of the Voting … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 12, 2014

Property Rights — California Coastal Commission The California Coastal Commission has never been happy with our 1987 victory in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission where the United States Supreme Court held that its practice of demanding exactions in exchange for … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 5, 2014

Property Rights — The Public Trust Doctrine like The Blob? PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief with the Oregon Court of Appeals in Kramer v. City of Lake Oswego—a case in which two public access activists argue that the “public … Continue reading