August 2002, Volume 11, Number 4

School Choice Victory!

By Clint Bolick It was the Super Bowl for school choice—and the kids won. Culminating a litigation effort that lasted 12 full years—and every day of the existence of the Institute for Justice—the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 vindicated the right of parents to choose their children’s schools. That was the day that the…

Christine Suma: Mother of 12, Grassroots Organizer, School Choice Spokesperson

August 2002 Christine Suma: Mother of 12, Grassroots Organizer, School Choice Spokesperson By Lisa Knepper Imagine an activist who could: •Mobilize 1,700 school choice families in five months; •Direct a successful press conference on the day of the biggest Supreme Court education decision in half a century; •Present a poised and effective defense of school…

Arizona Chapter Vindicates First Amendment

By Tim Keller IJ client Steve May is, by nature, a freedom fighter. From his passionate defense of liberty as a State Representative in the Arizona Legislature, to his service in the U.S. Army, Steve May can turn just about any situation into an opportunity to protect freedom—even a trip to the Coffee Plantation. One…

IJ Preserves Free Speech, Forces State To Refund Fees

August 2002 IJ Preserves Free Speech, Forces State To Refund Fees There are many words that come to mind when trying to describe lobbyists. ‘Hero’ is typically not one of those words. However, Rick Lavis is not your typical lobbyist. Mr. Lavis joined with the Institute for Justice to challenge a coercive funding source hidden…

Private Interests, Public Force

August 2002 Private Interests, Public Force: IJ Study Will Highlight Court’s Role In Special Interest Legislation By Steve Simpson Anyone familiar with the Institute for Justice knows that we accomplish our mission not only by fighting our opponents in the courts of law, but by waging a broader battle in the court of public opinion.…

IJ Taps Inside Experience for HQ & a Fresh Face To Grow the IJ Clinic

August 2002 IJ Taps Inside Experience for HQ & a Fresh Face To Grow the IJ Clinic By Chip Mellor Four years ago this summer, Patricia Lee made a move that changed her life and improved the Institute for Justice; she joined IJ to become the first director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on…

Building Businesses In a Changed Economy

August 2002 Building Businesses In a Changed Economy By Patricia Lee A record number of entrepreneurs have participated in the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship’s workshop series this year. First introduced in the spring of 2000, the IJ Clinic in collaboration with its local partners has continued a tradition of introducing inner-city entrepreneurs to a range…

IJ & Mackinac Center Fight For Free Speech

August 2002 IJ & Mackinac Center Fight For Free Speech By Clark Neily We have always known that teachers’ unions hate any form of school choice, but we continue to be amazed by what they will do to maintain their stranglehold on the public education monopoly. The Michigan Education Association’s recent assault on the First…

Did you know? . . . Rely on the MEA—It’s Mandatory.

Like many teachers’ unions, the Michigan Education Association relies on force—not voluntarism—for its funding. Under Michigan law, the MEA is allowed to demand that all public school contracts contain a ?compulsory support? clause that enables the MEA to force teachers who want nothing to do with the union to pay dues anyway, in the form…

Together With IJ, I Fought for My Kids’ Futures

August 2002 Together With IJ, I Fought for My Kids’ Futures By Roberta Kitchen When I heard the news, a sense of relief washed over me. For five years, I’ve fought for the right to educate my children as I choose. Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court vindicated that right, ruling that the Cleveland school choice…

IJ Receives Top Civil Rights Award From Dr. King’s SCLC

August 2002 IJ Receives Top Civil Rights Award From Dr. King’s SCLC By Scott Bullock When I called to let Andrew Archie know that he and the rest of his family were going to be able to keep the land he has lived on for more than 60 years, it was one of my proudest…

IJ’s 2002 Summer Clerks and Interns

August 2002 IJ’s 2002 Summer Clerks and Interns Our year 2002 summer clerks and interns provide excellent legal research for IJ. They are from left to right, Katherine Machan–UC Berkeley School of Law, Robert Wiles–American University Washington College of Law, Berin Szoka–University of Virginia, Lee McGrath–William Mitchell College of Law, Lisa Gerson–University of Pennsylvania, Matthew…

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