October 2008, Volume 17, Number 5

Signs of Opportunity & Freedom

By Nick Dranias IJ Minnesota Chapter clients Truong Xuan Mai (above) and Dan Dahlen merely want to earn an honest living by hanging signs.Hanging a sign involves the most basic skills—digging a hole, dropping in a couple of posts, filling the hole and attaching a board to the posts. So if you want to make…

Victory: At Long Last

The brave homeowners of Long Branch, N.J., who have fought so long and so hard to keep their cherished homes along the Jersey Shore, are finally getting justice.  This past August, a three-judge panel of the New Jersey Appellate Court unanimously reversed the June 2006 decision of the trial court, which would have allowed the…

Fighting for FREEDOM In the Constitution’s Birthplace

By Bob McNamara As the birthplace of our Constitution and the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed, Philadelphia may be more central to the story of American liberty than any other place. There are countless stories to be told about the city’s history and culture. And starting this fall, if the city government…

IJ Expands Its Grassroots Activism

IJ Expands Its Grassroots Activism Using strategies learned from the fight against eminent domain abuse, like the one in East Harlem, N.Y., above, IJ’s Director of Community Organization Christina Walsh will map out a grassroots plan for each of IJ’s pillars of litigation. By Christina Walsh At the Institute for Justice, our efforts to vindicate…

IJ Trains Next Generation

The Institute for Justice held its 17th annual Law Student Conference in July at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Thirty-four students from 24 law schools attended this year’s conference, including summer clerks from our headquarters and state chapter offices. They were also joined by an attorney from the Center for Justice—Sweden’s only public interest…

Jack Wenders Scholar Award

In August the Institute for Justice awarded the first Jack Wenders Scholar Award to litigation intern Max Leeds.  The Wenders Award, created last winter as a memorial to IJ donor Jack Wenders, is designed to recognize a student who embodies the “IJ Way” by having a positive, open, resilient, principled and entrepreneurial attitude as well…

IJ Summer Clerks and Interns

IJ Summer Clerks and Interns 2008 Our 2008 headquarter’s summer clerks and interns provided excellent legal research for IJ. They are from left to right,  Ted Holt, Columbia University Law School; Teddy Hanson, Georgetown University; Yelena Shagall, Harvard Law School; Marissa Miller, Stanford University; Molly Schindler, Johns Hopkins University; Joel Hills, Grove City College; Brad…

Vindicating the Right to Protest Eminent Domain Abuse

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v. City of New London decision, which held that local governments may take a person’s property for private development, home and business owners nationwide have relied on grassroots activism to defeat eminent domain abuse. Grasssroots activism is political speech, and, like all political speech, rests…

Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse in Music City

Nashville proudly showcases itself as the home of country music.  Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, George Jones and so many others came to the city’s Music Row to launch their careers.  But now, Nashville is using eminent domain to eradicate a unique piece of that proud history to make way for a generic 12-story office building…

Four Pillars Plaque

The newest addition to IJ’s headquarters is a permanent wall plaque honoring those who have included the Institute for Justice in their long-term financial plans. It reads: “To recognize friends and supporters who have made a commitment to ensuring that the Institute for Justice has the resources to continue fighting for liberty as long as…

Government Pirates: Book Defends Notion That Your Home is Your Castle

Real estate developer and property rights expert Don Corace offers a ground-breaking, in-depth look at eminent domain abuse and other government regulations that strangle the rights of property owners throughout America.  Government Pirates is filled with shocking stories of corrupt politicians, out-of-control judges, entrenched bureaucrats, greedy developers, NIMBY (Not-In-My-Backyard) activists and environmental extremists who conspire…

Empowering D.C. Parents To Fight

More than 1,000 parents crowded into a downtown high school gymnasium in Washington, D.C. They came from all over the city, but shared a common purpose: ensuring that their children continue to receive a quality education. The Opportunity Scholarship Program empowers about 2,000 kids to attend quality schools of their parents’ choosing. Congress is now…

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