August 2011, Volume 20, Number 4

IJ in Top 1% Of U.S. Charities

3Your financial support of the Institute for Justice continues to be a sound investment in liberty. In June, for the tenth consecutive year, IJ received Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management—the rating institution’s highest ranking. Charity Navigator is the nation’s premier charity evaluator, profiling more than 10 times more charities than its…

IJ Scores a Major Free Speech Victory

By Bill Maurer On June 27, the Institute for Justice scored a major victory for free speech and political participation when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “matching funds” provision of Arizona’s so-called “Clean Elections” Act is unconstitutional. This ruling brought an end to a system that manipulated election speech to favor candidates who…

IJ: 20 Years of Changing Clients’ Lives

At the Institute for Justice, we change the law, but we also do something more subtle and yet profound: We change lives. Throughout the past 20 years, IJ has won a series of victories extending the boundaries of individual liberty by rolling back the power of government. In so doing, we helped clients recognize they…

IJ Suit Seeks to End Campaign Finance Restrictions in Washington Recall Elections

By Paul Avelar Robin Farris is a retired U.S. Naval officer living in Washington state who had never before been involved in politics. But when she learned about the antics of Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam—the subject of multiple lawsuits and investigations regarding his alleged abuse of office, employees and the public trust—she started a…

Georgia Law Enforcement “Fesses Up”

By Scott Bullock and Anthony Sanders The people of Georgia suddenly know a lot more about the civil forfeiture activities of local law enforcement agencies. Just two months after IJ filed suit on behalf of five Fulton County taxpayers in an effort to shine a light on the state’s egregious civil forfeiture laws, the Atlanta…

Threaders Show Their Pluck in Arizona Legal Challenge

Juana Gutierrez works hard shaping the eyebrows of her clients as a means to support herself and her new baby. She works so hard, in fact, that she was back at work only a week after giving birth, working eight hour shifts and managing six different eyebrow “threading” kiosks in the Phoenix area. Juana is…

The Monks Get Their Day in Court!

On June 6, the brothers of Saint Joseph Abbey in Covington, La., and IJ attorneys went to trial in federal court in New Orleans to vindicate the right to earn an honest living. The monks want to sell their handmade caskets to the public, but Louisiana allows only state-licensed funeral directors to sell caskets. In…

IJ Ventures to Colorado to Defend New School Choice Program

By Michael Bindas The Douglas County, Colo., Board of Education wanted to save taxpayers money and improve the already-high quality of public education in their region, so they created a new school choice program that will allow 500 families to direct a portion of their share of education revenue to select the best school for…

IJ Helps Take On Legal Cartel And Wins

In June, at the urging of the Institute for Justice, the Minnesota Supreme Court ended the American Bar Association’s (ABA) stranglehold over legal education by chang- ing the state’s admission rules to allow licensed attorneys from other states to sit for the Minnesota bar examination even if they graduated from a non-ABA-accredited law school. The…

IJ’s Annual Law Student Conference Informs and Inspires Next-Gen Lawyers

By Krissy Keys Our 2011 headquarters summer clerks and interns provided excellent legal research for IJ. They are from left to right, Mark Penner, University of Alabama; Greg Reed, American University Washington College of Law; Jonathan Sink, University of North Carolina; Patrick Cento, Boston University School of Law; Chelsea Walker, University of North Carolina; Kyle…

IJ Clinic Battles Laws in Chicago That Allow Farming on Rooftops But Not in Open Lots

By Brooke Fallon You know the power of government officials has grown too great when they can pass laws to urge rooftop farming while banning much more commonsense farming in open lots throughout the city. Yet that is exactly what the city of Chicago is doing: saying you can take dirt, move it to a…

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