August 2007, Volume 16, Number 4

IJ Enters the Ring To Help Save Inner-city Gym

National City, Calif., may have expected an easy knockout when it sought the authority to condemn a gym that houses a boxing program for at-risk kids—just so a developer can build luxury condos on that site.  But city officials never expected that the Institute for Justice would step into the gym’s corner to defend its…

Signs of Freedom

When Chris Pagan posted a placard reading “for sale” in the window of his 1970 Mercury Cougar and parked it on the street in front of his house, he did not intend to spark a First Amendment battle.  He just wanted to sell his car. But Chris, like IJ clients and entrepreneurs nationwide, soon learned…

IJ Takes On Wisconsin Effort To Quash Competition

By Bob McNamara Raj Bhandari is everything you would want an entrepreneur to be.  He is innovative, self-sufficient and dedicated to giving back to his community.  And in Wisconsin, his hard work has led the state to brand him an outlaw. IJ Staff Attorney Bob McNamara and client Raj Bhandari at a press conference announcing…

IJ’s New Studies Document Eminent Domain Victims And Alternatives to Force

By John E. Kramer Who is victimized by eminent domain for private gain?  And how can these government-forced takings be avoided even as private development moves forward?  These are the questions answered by three recent studies published by the Institute for Justice. Victimizing the Vulnerable:  The Demographics of Eminent Domain Abuse is a first-of-its-kind national…

Castle Coalition DVD Guides Homeowners On How to Fight Eminent Domain Abuse

There remain, however, thousands of other besieged homeowners and entrepreneurs who cannot make it to an IJ training program, but who still desperately need to learn about the tools and tactics IJ and the Castle Coalition have honed to counter eminent domain for private gain.  To meet that need, IJ and the Castle Coalition produced…

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Censorship of Commercial Speech

When Chris Pagan posted a placard reading “for sale” in the window of his 1970 Mercury Cougar and parked it on the street in front of his house, he did not intend to spark a First Amendment battle.  He just wanted to sell his car. But Chris, like IJ clients and entrepreneurs nationwide, soon learned…

Steven Anderson

IJ’s success comes in part from hiring talented people and creating an environment in which they can thrive.  We give staff significant responsibilities right away and foster an entrepreneurial culture that rewards those who seize opportunities and make the most of them.  Not only does this enable our staff to succeed at the tasks for…

From Hardship to Victory

By Christina Walsh Michael and Anna Cristofaro from New London, Conn., with Christina Walsh. A panel of journalists shares tips on how to work with different kinds of media. From left to right: Radley Balko (TheAgitator.com and Reason), Harry Boomer (WOIO-TV 19, Cleveland), Steven Greenhut (Orange County Register), Lynne Tuohy (Hartford Courant), and IJ Vice…

New Jersey Supreme Court Limits Bogus Blight Designations

By Scott Bullock In an important ruling handed down in June, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously struck down an attempt by the Borough of Paulsboro, N.J., to “blight” a vacant piece of property, holding that the fact that a piece of land is “not fully productive” cannot be used as a basis for including…

A Hollywood-Style Happy Ending To First Round of Arizona Voucher Litigation

By Tim Keller I love summer movies.  Especially the big-budget superhero flicks because you always know that justice will prevail.  On June 13, one of Arizona’s biggest summer blockbusters ended with the Institute for Justice prevailing—and we could not have scripted a better ending.  IJ’s legal team won an important first-round victory in the ongoing…

BIG RESULTS small investments

When IJ scores a victory in court, you can be sure to see it in Liberty & Law. Sometimes though, we achieve important victories without a court decision. These less-visible victories are a testament to IJ’s efficiency. Sometimes the mere filing of a lawsuit prompts capitulation by the government; other times we succeed at what…

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