Center for Justice

The Pelican Center for Justice is dedicated to advancing pro-freedom litigation to ensure the rights of Louisiana’s working families are protected. Aggressively litigious, anti-freedom special interests are using the courtroom to fight policy battles, which makes defending the rights of citizens all the more important. Now, more than ever, Louisiana needs liberty-focused strategic litigation, and the Pelican Center for Justice is working tirelessly to ensure the freedoms of all Louisianans are intact.

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 3: Keva Landrum

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 3: Keva Landrum

Tune in Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. for the next in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this episode, we’re joined by former Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge and DA candidate Keva Landrum.

By Sarah Harbison

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 2: Jason Williams

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 2: Jason Williams

Tune in Monday at 9 a.m. for the next in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this episode, we’re joined by New Orleans City Councilman and DA candidate Jason Williams.

By Sarah Harbison

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 1: Arthur Hunter

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 1: Arthur Hunter

Watch the first in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this first episode, we’re joined by former Orleans Criminal District Court Judge and current DA candidate Arthur Hunter.

By Sarah Harbison

Janus Two-Year Anniversary and the Fight for Workers’ Rights

Janus Two-Year Anniversary and the Fight for Workers’ Rights

This Saturday marks two years since one man from a small town in Illinois substantially expanded freedom for public workers across the country. Watch the PeliCast, as we talk to Mark Janus himself about his fight for free speech rights against a powerful status quo, which led to the landmark Supreme Court victory.

By Sarah Harbison

Louisiana Continues Making Progress on Criminal Justice Reform

Louisiana Continues Making Progress on Criminal Justice Reform

by Joshua Levine Since the passage of bold bipartisan criminal justice reforms in 2017, Louisiana’s lawmakers have continued working on this issue. The aim of these reforms were to sensibly reduce the state’s incarceration rate to improve public safety and recidivism. Louisiana currently leads the nation with 719 individuals imprisoned per 100,00 residents. Even though...

Pelican Files Brief in California Property Rights Case

Pelican Files Brief in California Property Rights Case

What if the government forced you to rent out property you own to a virtual stranger for his or her lifetime? The Pelican Institute’s Center for Justice recently filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Peyman Pakdel’s petition for rehearing en banc pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit implicates the...

Lawyer, CNN Commentator Joins PeliCast to Talk Constitutional Role During COVID-19

Lawyer, CNN Commentator Joins PeliCast to Talk Constitutional Role During COVID-19

CNN political analyst Sarah Isgur recently joined Pelican Institute General Counsel Sarah Harbison on the PeliCast to discuss whether state and local governments’ emergency responses to the COVID-19 outbreak pass constitutional muster. In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued an executive order on March 16 cancelling all public and private gatherings. Governor John Bel Edwards...

Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

We’re one week away from the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0. Next Thursday, January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, join state and national policy leaders as we unveil solutions to the biggest problems facing Louisiana. Today, we’re excited to share our all-star speaker line-up for the event, which includes legislators...

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

There’s still time to register for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0 on January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Sign up by clicking here today and help us spread the word so your friends, colleagues and family can reserve their spots before the event sells out. At Solutions...

5 New Years Resolutions for Louisiana

5 New Years Resolutions for Louisiana

The New Year brings with it a fresh start and opportunities to shed old habits and forge a new path to self-improvement. For many of us, that means going to the gym, eating healthier or saving more money. But, what if we apply this same concept to government? Louisiana could certainly use some self-improvement. The...

CRITICS PLAYING POLITICS WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

CRITICS PLAYING POLITICS WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             Contact: Morgan Wampold P: 985-377-7437 E: morgan@peoplewhothink.com   CRITICS PLAYING POLITICS WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 17, 2019) —  The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute), regarding the recent criticisms of criminal...

Louisiana Shouldn’t Force Its Lawyers to Pay for Speech They Don’t Support

Louisiana Shouldn’t Force Its Lawyers to Pay for Speech They Don’t Support

August 1, 2019 By Jacob Huebert, James Baehr, and Dane S. Ciolino The First Amendment guarantees every American’s freedom of speech and freedom of association. That means we all get to choose what we will and won’t say, and what groups we will and won’t join. It also means we all get to decide to...

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LAWSUIT ABUSE AND NEEDLESS REGULATIONS ARE HOLDING LOUISIANA BACK, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

LAWSUIT ABUSE AND NEEDLESS REGULATIONS ARE HOLDING LOUISIANA BACK, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

As Louisiana lawmakers seek to make our state more inviting to job creators and seekers, there are two areas in desperate need of addressing – Louisiana’s abysmal legal and regulatory structures. From overreaching occupational licensing laws to predatory state-sanctioned litigation against the state’s largest job creators, legal and regulatory issues continue to stifle hard-working Louisiana...