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.

Victory at the Fifth Circuit

Victory at the Fifth Circuit

VICTORY! Today, the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Randy Boudreaux’s First Amendment challenge to the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) compelled dues payments and mandatory bar membership can proceed. The Pelican Center for Justice, along with Dane Ciolino and the Goldwater Institute, represent Mr. Boudreaux in the case. Writing for the Court, Judge Don...

By Sarah Harbison

Should Bar Associations be Able to Use Mandatory Dues for Lobbying?

Should Bar Associations be Able to Use Mandatory Dues for Lobbying?

What do volunteer dental hygienists, civics classes, and midwives have to do with the legal profession? It’s not a trick question. The answer is, “nothing.” However, that did not stop the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) from using mandatory membership dues to advocate for or against legislation related to those topics. Since at least 2007,...

By Sarah Harbison

The Pelican Center for Justice Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief to Uphold Property Rights

The Pelican Center for Justice Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief to Uphold Property Rights

Last Spring, we shared the story of Peyman Pakdel, an Ohio small business owner who hoped to one day retire to San Francisco with his wife, Sima Chegini. Mr.Pakdel is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider his case and the Pelican Center for Justice submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of his...

By Sarah Harbison

Pelican weighs in on major SCOTUS property rights case

Pelican weighs in on major SCOTUS property rights case

by Sarah Harbison, general counsel, Pelican Institute In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, a case challenging a California regulation that allows union organizers to trespass on private property and interrupt business operations. Last week, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Justice was pleased...

By Sarah Harbison

Update on Louisiana Emergency Declaration Lawsuit

Update on Louisiana Emergency Declaration Lawsuit

by Sarah Harbison, general counsel, Pelican Institute On Monday, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling in Gov. John Bel Edwards v. Louisiana State Legislature, et al. The court vacated the district court’s ruling that the statute authorizing the legislature’s petition to terminate the governor’s public health emergency order was unconstitutional and sent the case...

By Sarah Harbison

Is SCOTUS turning the corner on COVID-19 restrictions?

Is SCOTUS turning the corner on COVID-19 restrictions?

by Sarah Harbison, General Counsel at the Pelican Institute As many of us were completing our Thanksgiving Day meal prep on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary injunction against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order limiting religious service attendance. The ruling is something Louisiana lawmakers and citizens alike should take...

By Sarah Harbison

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...

LSBA Bill Opposition Spotlights Organization’s Free Speech Issues and Pending Lawsuit

LSBA Bill Opposition Spotlights Organization’s Free Speech Issues and Pending Lawsuit

On Tuesday, as the Louisiana Legislature’s Committee on Civil Law heard testimony on the most highly anticipated bill of the session, legislators and spectators alike were surprised to see a representative of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) testifying in opposition to it. HB 9, the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2020, is part of...

By Sarah Harbison

You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

The very idea of needing a license to speak is shocking to most Americans. After all, most Americans know the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees us the right to speak our minds. Yet despite this constitutional guarantee, there are state officials around the country claiming that in order to speak in some contexts, you...

Pelican Institute Speaks Out in Favor of Free Speech Rights in IRS Testimony

Pelican Institute Speaks Out in Favor of Free Speech Rights in IRS Testimony

On Friday, Eric Peterson, director of policy for the Pelican Institute, testified in favor of a rule change the IRS is considering regarding non-profits and free speech. If the rule change was implemented, supporters of most non-profit organizations would no longer have their personal information, such as their home address, collected by the IRS. In...

Pelican Institute Releases Agenda for the Constitutional Convention Forum

Pelican Institute Releases Agenda for the Constitutional Convention Forum

Today, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy released the jam-packed agenda for its upcoming Constitutional Convention Forum on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Capacity is strictly limited, so reserve your spot today! The forum will kick off with lunch beginning at 11:30 am followed by an afternoon...

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...

By Editor

Janus One Year Later: What’s Changed?

Janus One Year Later: What’s Changed?

It’s hard to believe that a full year has passed since one man from a small town in Illinois substantially expanded freedom for public workers across the country. On that fateful day in 2018, Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, emerged victorious from the Supreme Court....