President’s weekly report — September 5, 2014

Water rights and the public trust doctrine going underground We filed this amicus letter brief in Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board asking the California Supreme Court to review a disturbing opinion from the Court of Appeal. Historically, the … Continue reading

City of Tulsa stuns residents by proclaiming it will follow the law – really

It must come as welcome news to Tulsa residents to learn that their city officials have finally decided to obey the Oklahoma Constitution.  In November 2012, Oklahoma voters passed an initiative that amended the state constitution by adding Article II, Section 36A.  … Continue reading

The social injustice of government race-based contracting programs

PLF attorneys are filing a brief in support of Midwest Fence Corporation in its “David versus Goliath” legal challenge against race-based public contracting programs in Illinois.  Both federal and state programs are at issue, and Midwest Fence had to sue several … Continue reading

Diversity hire loses discrimination lawsuit

The University of New Hampshire hired a political science professor during a hiring freeze. They were allowed to do so because she was black and the University had ” ongoing efforts to enhance racial diversity on campus.”  It was undisputed that the “the only … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 8, 2014

Environment — Victory in California Supreme Court The California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court (Wal-Mart Stores).  There, after Tuolumne County voters submitted an initiative allowing a Wall-Mart store, the County adopted … Continue reading

Bringing sanity back to Title VII

This morning PLF filed this Reply Brief in Shea v. Kerry, a case where we are representing Foreign Service officer William Shea in his fight against the US Department of State.  When William Shea was hired by the State Department in the early … Continue reading

PLF continues to support Abigail Fisher

Yesterday PLF filed this brief amicus curiae in support of Abigail Fisher.  PLF was joined on the brief by our friends from Center for Equal Opportunity, Project 21, Reason Foundation, and Individual Rights Foundation.  Ms. Fisher continues to fight for her right … Continue reading

California insists “race” is a qualification for public office

California voters hoping to serve on the next Citizens Redistricting Commission better make sure they’re a member of the right “race” when they apply.  Forget the Fourteenth Amendment.  A California statute requires that members of the Commission be chosen partly on … Continue reading

Fifth Circuit: Univ of Texas may admit students using race

Should public universities make admissions decisions based on a student’s race?  Last year, in Fisher v. University of Texas, the Supreme Court held that race could be considered, but only after a university establishes that its use of race is … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 23, 2014

Government Accountability — Medium speed California choo-choo  The Third District Court of Appeal heard arguments today in California High-Speed Rail Authority v. Superior Court of Sacramento County and Tos, et. al. on whether the $8.6 billion in bonds should go … Continue reading