Anastasia P. Boden

Senior Attorney, Economic Liberty Project

Pacific Legal Foundation

Anastasia P. Boden

Senior Attorney, Economic Liberty Project

Pacific Legal Foundation

Anastasia Boden is a senior attorney in the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Economic Liberty Project, where she challenges anti-competitive licensing laws and laws that restrict freedom of speech.

Anastasia’s practice largely consists of representing entrepreneurs and small businesses who find themselves in a bureaucratic nightmare when simply trying to earn an honest living. One of the most egregious examples of the laws she challenges are Competitor’s Veto laws, which essentially require entrepreneurs to get permission from their competitors before opening their doors. Anastasia has represented moving, limousine and shuttle companies in Competitor’s Veto lawsuits across the country, achieving legislative reform in Montana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

In addition to litigating, Anastasia testifies before legislatures on the impact of occupational licensing on entrepreneurship. Her writings on all matters of law and liberty have been featured in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and more. In 2015, Anastasia was selected for the Claremont Institute’s prestigious John Marshall Fellowship.

A southern-California native, Anastasia earned her B.A. with Dean’s Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was drawn east to attend law school at Georgetown, where she was Research Assistant to Professor Randy E. Barnett (aka the “Godfather” of the Obamacare challenge). Prior to joining PLF, she worked at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and at Washington Legal Foundation.

When not lawyering, Anastasia can be found playing classical piano, competing at board games, or watching Jeopardy! She wants everyone to know that the Beatles are better than the Stones.

Contributions

Gender Based Board Quotas, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Meland v. Weber

August 20, 2021

An expert panel discusses the underlying law and the likely next steps in Meland v. Weber, a case regarding gender based corporate board quotas in California.

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Deep Dive Episode 192 – Gender Based Board Quotas, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Meland v. Weber

August 10, 2021

An expert panel discusses the underlying law and the likely next steps in Meland v. Weber, a case regarding gender based corporate board quotas in California.

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Explainer Episode 27 – Occupational Regulations in the Beauty Industry

June 8, 2021

Anastasia P. Boden interviews Daniel Greenberg about his new article, “Regulating Glamour: A Quantitative Analysis of the Health and Safety Training of Appearance Professionals.”

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Regulation of Telehealth Services in the Era of COVID

December 22, 2020

Should telemedicine be considered as the same or different from traditional office visits, and what regulations should govern it?

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Deep Dive Episode 140 – It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Food

October 21, 2020

An expert panel explores the potential of human ingenuity to solve the problems we face when it comes to our food and the conditions necessary to make those solutions a reality.

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It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Food

October 21, 2020

The creators of the award-winning documentary, They Say It Can’t Be Done, in partnership with the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project, present It Can Be Done Live – a conversation between entrepreneurs, regulatory experts, and noted academics around creative and bipartisan solutions to global challenges to our shared future. The last of four panel events, It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Food, took place on October 1st, 2020.

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California’s Occupational Licensing Laws Shouldn’t Kick People When They’re Down

Anastasia P. Boden

February 18, 2020

It’s become somewhat of a banality to say that occupational licensing has run amok.  As studies pile up showing that licensure has virtually no effect on quality—yet drives prices up, stifles innovation, and keeps people out jobs—a bi-partisan coalition has emerged in favor of rolling back licensure and restoring economic opportunity.

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Deep Dive Episode 28 – Virginia’s (Un)happy Hour: Is the State Restricting Ads and Economic Rights?

April 18, 2018

Geoff Tracy (Chef Geoff’s) and Anastasia P. Boden (Pacific Legal Foundation) discuss Geoff’s pending case against Virginia’s happy hour advertising law and the potential First Amendment issues at stake.

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