Social worker sues state for opportunity to help kids in need

By Sarah Harbison
by Sarah Harbison, general counsel & director, Pelican Center for Justice Ursula Newell-Davis lives in New Orleans and cares deeply about the well-being of her community. Through her work as a social worker and as a mother to her own special needs son, Ursula has seen first-hand that children with disabilities and their families need...

TAGS: facility need review, Litigation, Pelican Center for Justice, regulation

Is SCOTUS turning the corner on COVID-19 restrictions?

By Sarah Harbison
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...

TAGS: COVID-19, First Amendment, Pelican Center for Justice, Religious freedom, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court

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

By Sarah Harbison
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...

TAGS: free speech, Janus, LSBA lawsuit, Pelican Center for Justice, Randy Boudreaux