Responding to Emergency: A Blueprint for Liberty in a Time of Crisis

Date: February 11, 2022
Location: New York University School of Law Campus
Time: All Day, beginning 9:00 a.m. EST

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Center for the Separation of Powers and New York University School of Law’s Journal of Law & Liberty seek papers for a symposium on “Responding to Emergency: A Blueprint for Liberty in a Time of Crisis,” to be held in February of 2022 at the NYU Law campus in New York City.

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted varied responses from legislative bodies and executive branch actors at every level of government, all of which has affected almost every aspect of American society. At the federal level, Congress set policy through legislation on diverse matters ranging from employment and federal housing issues to various economic relief packages. In 2020, the Trump administration took a relatively laissez-faire approach, compared to its executive branch counterparts at the state level. Notably, governors throughout most of the country took unprecedented actions aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, with many continuing to exercise “emergency powers” into 2021—generally without complying with the constitutional and procedural requirements applicable for executive branch action in ordinary times.

Paper proposals are due by August 1, 2021.


[Past Event] A Delicate Balance: Liberty & Security in National Crises

Date: January 08, 2021
Location: Virtual Via Zoom
Time: Past – Recording Available

The past year has introduced many “firsts”: mask mandates, virtual schooling, shuttered businesses, and more. It will likely be years before we truly understand the total benefits—and the human and economic costs—of government responses to the coronavirus. Emergencies—like a global pandemic—can certainly justify emergency actions. Bu …


[Past Event] Why Cedar Point Nursery Matters for Labor Policy

Date: March 03, 2021
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Time: 12:00pm EST – 1:00pm EST

Join us on March 3 for a discussion of how property rights relate to labor policy in this case and beyond. PLF attorneys will get you up to date on the current status and history of property rights and takings law, leaving you prepared to connect this case to the larger labor issues at stake in America.


[Past Event] What’s at Stake in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

Date: March 11, 2021
Location: Virtual Via Zoom
Time: 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

This spring, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the only property rights case this term.

What’s at stake? Nothing less than the fundamental right to exclude people from your own, private property. If California’s access rule is allowed to stand, then government can permit anyone to enter private property at any time, essentially taking away your property rights.


[Past Event] Market Urbanism: Free Market Solutions to California’s Housing Crisis

Date: March 17, 2021
Location: Virtual
Time: 6:00 p.m. EDT – 7:00 p.m. EDT

We’re partnering with Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) to talk about Market Urbanism: Free Market Solutions to California’s Housing Crisis.


[Past Event] - The Future of the CDC Eviction Ban: What Recent Court Victories Mean for Landlords

Date: April 14, 2021
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT – 3:00 p.m. EDT

In the plethora of heavy-handed responses to COVID-19, eviction bans are among the most unjust. Perhaps the most egregious example came in September of 2020, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ordered that landlords nationwide cannot evict certain qualifying tenants for non-payment of rent.

There’s hope, however, thanks to recent rulings in several federal lawsuits, including a victory in Skyworks Ltd. v. Centers for Disease Control. In Skyworks Ltd. the court reined in the agency and set the stage to further restore in the Constitution’s Separation of Powers.

Join us on April 14 for a free, public virtual discussion with the Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys who litigated the case Skyworks Ltd. v. Centers for Disease Control. They’ll break down what the recent rulings mean for landlords and property owners going forward and the work still needed to challenge unconstitutional eviction moratoria.