Constitutional Law Projects

Constitutional Law Projects

The Freedom Foundation's Theodore L. Stiles Center for Liberty advances the rule of law and a legal climate where individuals can exercise their fundamental liberties and government is limited to its proper role.

We seek to defend individuals against government encroachments upon their rights; unite lawyers who believe that the purpose of the law is to protect liberty; promote a judiciary that embraces its obligation to interpret the constitution; and expand the public's understanding of the rule of law.

We accomplish these goals through public interest litigation, filing amicus curiae briefs in state and federal courts, hosting events on significant legal issues, and publishing resources about the state constitution and the state courts.

October 18, 2013
     

To the WA Legislature: Restore Open, Accountable Government

The Washington State Supreme Court recently decided to weaken our state’s open government laws. Eight justices ruled that executive-branch politicians should get the benefit of the doubt when they hide information from the public. This ruling must not stand.
October 17, 2013
     

Gov. Inslee: Keep Government Open and Accountable

In an 8-1 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court amended the state’s open government laws to allow the governor to ignore public records requests unless the citizen requesting the records can prove a pressing “need” for the documents. This decision will make it nearly impossible for ordinary citizens to hold governors accountable by reviewing their public records.
August 27, 2013
     

Jerry Schmidt Case - Animal Husbandry

Bringing Horse Sense to Washington’s Veterinary Laws: Freeing citizens to earn a living performing basic animal husbandry.Horses are an iconic image of freedom and the American spirit. For hundreds of years, American horse owners have been allowed to seek help from whomever they thought best qualified to provide the basic animal husbandry services that kept their animals comfortable, productive, and healthy.
February 14, 2012
     

Amicus Curiae Network

The Freedom Foundation's Theodore L. Stiles Center for Liberty hosts a service for conservative and libertarian organizations and attorneys in Washington State to facilitate amicus curiae support in significant cases before the state appellate courts.
October 31, 2011
     

Washington Constitution Resources

Did you know the Washington State Constitution's Declaration of Rights provides stronger protections than the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution? The Freedom Foundation can help you learn about how your rights are protected and pass on that powerful knowledge to others.
February 03, 2011
     

Supreme Court of Washington Blog

The Supreme Court of Washington Blog provides news, information, and analysis of the cases before the Supreme Court of Washington.
January 11, 2011
     

Cary v. Mason Conservation District

Whether a local taxing district properly adopted a property assessment.
January 11, 2011
     

Erickson, et al. v. Gregoire, et al.

Did Gov. Gregoire violate the separation of powers doctrine by issuing failed climate change legislation as an executive order?
January 02, 2011
     

Wiggs v. Vancouver Education Association

Public school teacher classified as a religious objector was denied her request to redirect her dues to a particular charity by the VEA.
January 02, 2011
     

Gonzalez v. Arizona

Whether Arizona's requirement to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote is constitutional.
January 02, 2011
     

Freedom Foundation v. WSDOT

Should the drug and alcohol testing results of public employees be made public?
January 01, 2011
     

Crawford v. Marion County

Whether it was constitutional for Indiana to require photo ID for poll voting.
January 01, 2011
     

Ysura v. Pocatello

Unions challenged an Idaho law that prohibits unions from using state payroll deductions to collect political contributions.
January 01, 2011
     

Mechling v. Monroe

Whether requiring an agency to scan paper records to create electronic copies would require the agency to create a "new record" under the Public Records Act.
January 01, 2011
     

Douglass v. City of Spokane Valley

Whether property developers, as part of a project-level permit application, should be required to re-study or re-litigate regional planning decisions made by governing bodies.
October 02, 2010
     

Supreme Court of Washington Podcast

The Supreme Court of Washington Blog's official monthly podcast.
August 06, 2010
     

Informed Voter Project: Supreme Court Candidate Reports

Positions on the Supreme Court are nonpartisan, and all candidates for Supreme Court Justice appear on the August 17 primary ballot. Any candidate that receives more than 50% of the primary vote for that position will proceed to the general election ballot alone. If no candidate receives a majority vote the top two candidates will advance to the general.
June 01, 2010
     

Informed Voter Guide 2010

Do your lawmakers represent your best interests? Do you feel confident that you know how your legislators voted on key issues in the 2010 Legislative Session?
November 17, 2009
     

Edelman v. Secretary of State

Whether Secretary of State Reed violated federal election law by accepting voter registration applications from 16 and 17-year-olds.
January 28, 2009
     

Teachers vs. Union

WASHINGTON, DC—Today the United States Supreme Court announced it has overturned the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling in Washington v. Washington Education Association and Davenport v. Washington Education Association (WEA). The cases are the culmination of a decade’s worth of work by concerned teachers and the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF), a Washington state think tank. The Court's ruling could potentially affect millions of union-represented workers na...Read more here