Weekly litigation report — June 17, 2016

Property rights — limits on the public trust doctrine The Washington state court of appeals issued this opinion on the “public trust doctrine” in Chelan Basin Conservancy v. GBI Holdings.  The facts here involved a lake that had been raised 21 feet … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 6, 2016

Equality under the law in 2016 As difficult as it may be to believe, a child in America can still be turned away from a school because of his race. That’s why we filed this complaint in White v. Voluntary … Continue reading

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

Economic liberty, school choice, and opportunity for all

This morning, I spoke with the Northern California Record, an upstart paper affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce, about my participation in a UC Berkeley panel debate on affirmative action. The journalist asked several important questions, but the one that stuck out … 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

New educational opportunities for Native American students?

School choice may be expanding to Native American reservations soon. Last week, Senator John McCain introduced the Native American Education Opportunity Act, federal legislation that would expand school choice to Native American K-12 students living on Indian reservations. If this … Continue reading

PLF files brief in Anaheim school district ‘parent trigger’ law case

Today, PLF, along with Parent Revolution, filed this amicus brief in the California Court of Appeal in the case of Anaheim City School District v. Cecilia Ochoa. At issue in the case is whether California’s Parent Empowerment Act–also known as the “parent … Continue reading