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Timothy Sandefur

About Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur is a Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he is the lead attorney in the Foundation’s Economic Liberty Project, devoted to promoting constitutional protection for the freedom of business owners and entrepreneurs. He also litigates against the abuse of eminent domain, having defended property owners in courts across the country, and blogs regularly on the Foundation's PLF Liberty Blog. He is the author of two books, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America (Cato Institute, 2006) and The Right to Earn A Living: Economic Freedom And The Law (Cato Institute, 2010), as well as some 40 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from eminent domain and economic liberty to copyright, evolution and creationism, and the legal issues of slavery and the Civil War. His articles have appeared in National Review, Liberty, The Claremont Review of Books, Forbes Online, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Times, and other places. He is an adjunct professor of law at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Sandefur is a graduate of Chapman University School of Law and Hillsdale College.
12 Sep, 2012

Taking the next step in challenging Obamacare

2019-03-18T18:47:43-05:00September 12th, 2012|

Pacific Legal Foundation continues to be on the front lines in the constitutional challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In a new complaint filed yesterday on behalf of client Matt Sissel, PLF attorneys have asked Judge Beryl Howell to rule that Congress ignored the Constitution’s Origination Clause when it enacted the Obamacare [...]

21 Aug, 2012

Fighting for economic liberty in Kentucky

2019-03-18T18:47:43-05:00August 21st, 2012|

Meet R.J. Bruner and his crew. Bruner (in the middle, there) is one of the many hardworking entrepreneurs who keep our economy thriving—and whose hard work and ingenuity improve the standard of living for all of us. Of course, when he founded Wildcat Moving two years ago, he didn’t do it as an act of [...]

9 Jul, 2012

Erwin Chemersinsky’s sad criticism of Knox v. SEIU

2019-03-18T18:47:44-05:00July 9th, 2012|

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky published this article last week on the ABA Journal’s website complaining about the Supreme Court’s decision in Knox v. SEIU. That’s the case in which the Supreme Court said that the union must ask non-members before it takes away their money to run a political campaign. As I explain here, the rule [...]

21 Jun, 2012

Supreme Court hands major First Amendment victory to workers

2019-03-18T18:47:44-05:00June 21st, 2012|

The Supreme Court today issued its decision in Knox v. SEIU, the union fees case in which PLF (joined by Cato, MSLF, and CCJ), filed this amicus brief. The case was about whether the union violated the law by requiring non-members to pay a special assessment to support a political campaign without first issuing the [...]

25 May, 2012

The founders and the primacy of liberty

2019-03-18T18:47:44-05:00May 25th, 2012|

Prof. Samuelson has a thorough response to my post about John Adams and individual liberty. While it’s true I’m not a great admirer of Adams (I’m much fonder of his son), my point was not biographical or historical, but philosophical: democracy is an instrumental good, one that is valuable only insofar as [...]

22 May, 2012

Should we ask permission for our rights?

2019-03-18T18:47:45-05:00May 22nd, 2012|

At the Liberty Law Blog, Prof. Richard Samuelson argues that John Adams’ defense of religious liberty offers a model for our own day. Adams refused to write Article III of the Massachusetts Constitution—which provided for an established church—because it was inconsistent with his belief in religious freedom. Instead, Samuelson writes, “Adams punted,” [...]

13 May, 2012

Rosen: pay no attention to the Constitution behind the curtain!

2019-03-18T18:47:45-05:00May 13th, 2012|

In an article for The New Republic, Jeffrey Rosen writes that the recent decision in the Hettinga case has “unmasked” the continuing machinations of Rosen’s “Constitution in Exile” conspiracy. I say his conspiracy because in Rosen’s eyes, the widening circle of lawyers, judges, and law professors who are drawing attention to the many [...]

5 Apr, 2012

President Obama’s Clash With The Courts

2019-03-18T18:47:46-05:00April 5th, 2012|

I spoke this morning with Armstrong & Getty about President Obama’s comments about the judiciary’s power to strike down laws as unconstitutional. You can listen here. I think the whole thing is a tempest in a teapot. No doubt President Obama was wrong to say that his health care overhaul was “passed by a strong [...]

19 Mar, 2012

Previewing the Obamacare cases

2019-03-18T18:47:46-05:00March 19th, 2012|

In the run-up to the oral arguments in the Obamacare cases, I have a series of posts over at PLF Liberty Blog explaining the issues involved. The first installments are listed below; the rest are coming between now and the arguments, which begin a week from today. What to look for in the Obamacare arguments [...]

14 Feb, 2012

The due process debate continues

2019-03-18T18:47:47-05:00February 14th, 2012|

The discussion over my article, In Defense of Substantive Due Process, is continuing at Cato Unbound. Prof. Gary Lawson has posted his response here, and now the general discussion is beginning. I responded to David Bernstein’s questions this morning, and I’ll have some further thoughts soon. Please join the discussion! Update: Is my position true [...]