Through The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center We Are Fighting for Freedom and Liberty

Lisa A. Gates Oct 25, 2019

Sometimes good public policy needs to be protected in the court of law. And through the work of The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, our lawyers are defending worker freedom, protecting people’s rights, and upholding the U.S. Constitution.

In addition to the three cases The Buckeye Institute has filed in Maine, Minnesota, and Ohio to end laws that force public-sector employees to accept union representation, our lawyers have recently filed briefs in Thomas v. Bright, Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra, Guedes v. ATF, and Ricks v. Idaho Contractors Board.

In Thomas v. Bright, the U.S. Sixth Circuit cited The Buckeye Institute’s brief in its decision upholding the First Amendment as offering “persuasive evidence” that Tennessee was in fact “motivated almost exclusively by aesthetic, not public safety, concerns” when it ordered Mr. Thomas to move a billboard on his property.

In Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra, Buckeye’s brief points out that we have a fundamental right to donate to charities and nonprofit organizations without having our personal information turned over to the government. And as Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, noted, “this case is an alarming violation of the First Amendment right of free association and would have a chilling effect on free speech.”

In Guedes v. ATF, Buckeye is once again fighting the growth of the administrative state and has called on the United States Supreme Court to protect citizens from unelected government bureaucrats effectively redefining what constitutes a crime.

In Ricks v. Idaho Contractors Board, Buckeye argues that the ever-growing maze of bureaucratic regulations and laws—created outside of the legislative process—violate civil liberties and, in Mr. Ricks’ case, cause undue economic harm.

In these cases—and the many others Buckeye speaks out on—our lawyers are preventing government overreach in people’s lives, defending free speech from those seeking to silence diverse opinions, and supporting our allies in the fight for freedom and liberty.

Lisa A. Gates is the vice president of communications at The Buckeye Institute.