PLF files major civil rights case challenging discriminatory St. Louis transfer program

The St. Louis transfer program allows students living in St. Louis County to attend magnet schools within city limits — unless the student is black. The program made headlines recently when it threatened to banish third-grader Edmund Lee Jr. from … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 22, 2016

Many briefs filed in Murr at the Supreme Court After we filed our opening brief in Murr v. Wisconsin, we received a large number of amicus briefs in support of the Murrs from a variety of parties. These included 9 … Continue reading

Certiorari denied in Shea v. Kerry

The Supreme Court denied certiorari this morning in Shea v. Kerry, PLF’s case challenging the Department of State’s race-based hiring practice. This is a disappointing end to a very important case. … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 25, 2016

Property Rights — Coy Koontz gets paid!!!!  In the “you can’t get something for nothing” category, the St. Johns Water Management District finally paid the Coy Koontz estate $602,000 for the temporary taking of the Koontz property. While it was … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 18, 2016

Lawsuit filed against Fish & Wildlife Service over illegal regulations When Congress passed the Endangered Species Act it set out two categories of species: those that were endangered and which might go extinct and those which were only threatened, and … Continue reading

New Jersey doubles down on sports betting

This week, I participated in a Federalist Society teleconference call on the Third Circuit’s recent en banc arguments over New Jersey’s efforts to repeal its prohibitions against sports gambling. That call has since been released as a podcast and is available here. … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — February 19, 2016

Florida Supreme Court denies government’s attempt to rehear case After we won our tremendous Supreme Court victory in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District in 2013, the Court sent the case back to the Florida courts. There, the district attempted to … Continue reading

Why hairstyle requirements don’t violate Title VII in one sentence

In EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions, Inc., the federal government is claiming that a business’s decision to ban dreadlocks in the workplace violates Title VII’s requirement that the workplace be free of racial discrimination. Briefing was completed long ago, and PLF … Continue reading

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