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Contact: Jennifer Rohde
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Pacific Legal Foundation
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George F. Will and Michael Reagan to headline PLF’s 40th Anniversary Gala on March 2

PLF 40th Anniversary 2013

Sacramento, CA; December 17, 2012: “40 Years of Rescuing Liberty” is the title for Pacific Legal Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Gala, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library* on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Headlining the dinner and program will be George F. Will, arguably America’s most influential writer on policy and politics, and Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan and a popular national speaker and writer on issues of the day.

Watch George F. Will’s video invitation to PLF’s March 2 gala.

“We are honored to be joined by George F. Will and Michael Reagan to mark PLF’s 40th Anniversary,” said PLF President Robin L. Rivett. “With their powerful commitment to liberty under law, I cannot think of more appropriate speakers to help us celebrate the founding of PLF and our mission to defend constitutional principles of limited government, property rights, individual rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations.

“It is quite fitting that we will be gathering at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library,” Rivett continued. “PLF is part of Ronald Reagan’s living legacy. PLF’s founders, in 1973, were Reagan aides, when he was governor of California. Reagan told them that America needed a public interest legal organization that promoted the true public interest — free enterprise and individual liberty. They responded by establishing PLF as the first public interest organization with a broad-based litigation program for limited government and constitutional freedoms.”

Michael Reagan, speaker at PLF 40th Anniversary
Michael Reagan

In addition to the evening’s speakers, the March 2 Gala will feature the awarding of PLF’s Foundation of Freedom Award, honoring John C. Harris, CEO of Harris Farms, Inc., and Chair of the Board for Pacific Legal Foundation.

There will also be a salute to clients, in attendance, from some of PLF’s most historic cases, including Mike and Chantell Sackett, whose 2012 victory at the U.S. Supreme Court will help make land use regulators accountable to the judiciary; Brian and Jody Bea, whose name is on an important decision for the “vested rights” of property owners; and Patrick and Marilyn Nollan, whose 1987 U.S. Supreme Court case established that the land use permitting process cannot be used as a tool for shake-downs.

Tickets for the March 2 Gala, “40 Years of Rescuing Liberty,” will go on sale on January 2, 2013. For information, visit PLF’s website:, or contact Jennifer Rohde at (916) 419-7111 or email at

About Pacific Legal Foundation
Donor-supported Pacific Legal Foundation ( is the leading legal watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations in courts nationwide.

PLF’s recent victory in Sackett v. EPA was its sixth precedent-setting victory for liberty and limited government at the U.S. Supreme Court. Less than seven months after the unanimous ruling in Sackett, the Supreme Court recently accepted another PLF property rights case for review: Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. Oral argument in Koontz is scheduled for January 15, 2013.

*Views and opinions expressed by Pacific Legal Foundation are not necessarily shared by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation.