Crime, Legal Related

MOUNTAIN STATES LEGAL FOUNDATION

In the courts for good!

aka MSLF

Lakewood, CO

Mission

Mountain States Legal Foundation is a nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system, that defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law.“

Ruling Year

1977

President

Mr. William Perry Pendley

Main Address

2596 S Lewis Way

Lakewood, CO 80227 USA

Keywords

public interest, MSLF, litigation

EIN

84-0736725

 Number

1553949413

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

Government and Public Administration (W20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The country has drifted far from the vision of the Founders that the nation be a constitutional republic of limited government where the rule of law prevails and constitutional liberties are guaranteed. With its litigation in courts throughout the land, MSLF seeks to correct that unconstitutional divergence by restoring both the rule of law and constitutional guarantees.

Our programs

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Litigation

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Our Results

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Population(s) served

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Related program

Litigation

Context notes

MSLF files lawsuit and briefs in lawsuits throughout the country and also files friend of the court briefs to support others in their defense of constitutional liberties and the rule of law.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

MSLF defends its clients to protect the vision of the Founders and to preserve constitutional liberties and the rule of law. MSLF represents clients whose constitutional rights have been violated or their liberties abused by violations of the rule of law. MSLF seeks to win on their behalf and thereby win legal precedents that will benefit millions of other Americans.

MSLF's focus areas are individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. MSLF seeks out clients and welcomes requests from clients who seek justice in these areas.

MSLF is a top-rated liberty-based nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation that has drawn praise from diverse individuals such as President Ronald Reagan and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Since 1977, MSLF has appeared often at the Supreme Court of the United States and various federal courts of appeal, including federal courts of appeal meeting en banc. MSLF has earned a reputation before these courts because of the excellence of its attorneys and their skill in arguing cases.

MSLF seeks victories at the highest level possible, including the Supreme Court of the United States. When MSLF wins victories there, as MSLF did in a landmark property rights case in 2014 (the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of MSLF), MSLF knows it is making great progress.

There are scores of areas in which constitutional rights have not been fully recognized, contrary to the intention of the Founders. For example, the Founders intended that all Americans would be treated equally. As Justice Scalia put it in a case won by MSLF, "In the eyes of government we are just one race here. It is American." Despite a landmark victory by MSLF in 1995, which Time called a "legal lightning bolt," race-based decision making by federal, state, and local governments continue. MSLF still has much work to do in that and other fields.

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Financials

MOUNTAIN STATES LEGAL FOUNDATION

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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