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The Institute for Justice is the National Law Firm for Liberty.

IJ litigates to limit the size and scope of government power and to ensure that all Americans have the right to control their own destinies as free and responsible members of society.

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Since 1991, IJ has come to the aid of individuals who want to do the simple things every American has the right to do—including own property, start and grow a business, speak freely about commerce or politics, and provide their children with a good education—but can’t because they find the government in their way.

The Institute for Justice combines cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated media relations, strategic research, boots-on-the-ground advocacy and much more to fight on behalf of those individuals who are denied their constitutional rights. Despite the challenge of taking on powerful government officials and entrenched precedents, IJ is successful in winning 70 percent of its cases in the court of law, in the court of public opinion or through legislative reforms.

Through 2015, IJ has litigated nearly 200 cases, including five before the U.S. Supreme Court. Of those five cases, IJ won four of the cases  before the Supreme Court and won the fifth case (the Kelo eminent domain case) in the court of public opinion.

Additionally, since its founding, the Institute for Justice has been an excellent steward of the resources entrusted to it by donors across the nation.  That is why IJ has earned Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating every year since 2001, which puts the Institute for Justice in the highest one percentile of the more than 8,000 nonprofits ranked each year by Charity Navigator.

IJ’s headquarters are in Arlington, Va., and its five state offices are located strategically across the nation in Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Arizona and Washington state. Along with these offices, IJ’s Clinic on Entrepreneurship is located at the University of Chicago Law School. With these locations, IJ mobilizes quickly to advance its mission throughout America.

The Institute for Justice is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-deductible.

IJ By the Numbers

4 Litigation Pillars

  • Economic Liberty
  • Property Rights
  • School Choice
  • Free Speech


  • 86% from individuals
  • 14% from foundations

5 U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2002, including 4 victories

IJ is currently litigating 42 cases in 24 states and Washington, D.C.

  Active Cases |   Closed Cases

7 offices

95 employees, including 43 attorneys



920 Partners giving $1,000 or more each year

Over 8,000 individual donors

= 25 donors

$20 million budget in FY15

FY2015 Budget Breakdown

82%: Programs
10%: Management
8%: Development

75 legislative reforms secured

40 national awards for communications


Success Rate

Through litigation and legislation

IJ strategic research cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and in 162 articles in scholarly, law, and policy publications.

59 eminent domain projects stopped by IJ activism

Behind the Scenes at IJ

  • IJ Family Photos

    We’re all family here at IJ. Production and Design director Don Wilson gives up his Saturday to take holiday photos of IJ kids.

  • Behind the scenes at the New Mexico Forfeiture press conference

    IJ attorney Robert Johnson addressing the media.

  • On the ground in Miami

    IJ’s activism team educating street vendors in Miami about their right to economic liberty.

  • Behind the scenes at the Iowa Braiding case launch

    IJ attorney Meagan Forbes addressing the media.

  • Behind the scenes with Reason TV

    IJ’s Director of Development Melanie Hildreth speaking with Reason TV about our Nevada School Choice case.

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