Litigation Update: CFER v. Alameda & Raak Law v. Gast

Regulatory Transparency Project

In the name of equality, some state and local governments seem to have implemented race-and-gender-based legal quotas in practice if not in name. Wen Fa, an attorney who represents plaintiffs challenging the legality of these laws and policies will provide a litigation update on two of his latest cases: CFER v. Alameda County, and Raak Law v. Gast.

In CFER v. Alameda County, plaintiffs are Oakland-area taxpayers who allege that county set-asides for Minority Business Enterprises violate federal and California constitutional prohibitions on racial discrimination.

Meanwhile, in Raak Law v. Gast, the plaintiffs are prospective candidates for the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission. They contend Iowa law establishes a gender quota by staggering the two commissioners' elections and requiring that of the two commissioners from each district, one be female and the other be male.

Join us for a Litigation Update on these two fascinating cases, as Wen Fa reviews the facts and law of these cases, as well as the status of each case.


  • Wen Fa, Senior Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • [Moderator] Dan Morenhoff, Executive Director, Equal Voting Rights Institute

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