August 2012, Volume 21, Number 4

IJ client Doreen Flynn, a single mother of five children from Lewiston, Maine, is a compelling example of the courage and determination parents must exhibit when their children are struck with a deadly blood disease.  Three of Doreen’s daughters have Fanconi anemia, a serious genetic disorder whose sufferers often need a bone marrow transplant in their teens.  Thanks to IJ’s victory, those needing bone marrow transplants may soon find it easier to secure a match.

IJ Wins a Life-Saving Victory

On June 25, the Institute for Justice’s landmark victory in the bone marrow compensation case became final when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declined to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review last year’s decision in favor of our clients by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Across the nation, doctors, patients and their…

Virginia’s CON program regulates whether someone is allowed to open a new medical office or purchase new equipment.  IJ client Dr. Mark Monteferrante shouldn’t need the government’s permission to compete.

IJ Fights CON Job in Virginia

A hallmark of IJ’s approach to litigation is that we never merely ride the wave of public opinion; instead, we file cases that transcend tired ideological divides and that make differences for real-world clients. There is no better example of this than our latest economic liberty challenge, which takes us into the heart of the…

IJ client Frank Taucher

IJ Leads the Fight to Protect Occupational Speech from Government Restrictions

One of the things that makes IJ so effective at defending the First Amendment is that we are entrepreneurial. Although there are many organizations that promote free speech generally, we are constantly on the lookout for important areas of free speech that have been abused by the government and neglected by courts and by other…


Charity Navigator Ranks IJ Among Most Elite

The nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, Charity Navigator, recently rated IJ as #3 on their list of top 10 charities with the most consecutive 4-Star ratings. This means that even among the small handful of elite institutions that earned the most consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, IJ is one of the top…


A Caveman Goes to Court

Abigail Van Buren, the beloved author known as Dear Abby, is warmly remembered for her commonsense advice to readers on marriage, parenting and other relationship issues. But was her column also a 50-year crime spree? North Carolina would seem to think so. The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition sent diet blogger Steve Cooksey a 19-page…

The government should not require teachers like IJ client Lissette Waugh to spend hundreds of hours in a classroom learning skills that have nothing to do with what they teach.

Nevada Should Blush Over Makeup Artist Licensing Law

May the government require teachers to obtain government licenses to teach an occupation that individuals do not need a license to practice? According to the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology, the answer is yes. Welcome to IJ’s latest lawsuit on behalf of makeup artists from Nevada. In Nevada, anyone may perform makeup artistry without a…

Chip Mellor pictured with wife Alison Ling and children Mitch and Sarah.

Chip Mellor: 2012 Bradley Prize Winner

In June, IJ President and General Counsel Chip Mellor received one of the four 2012 Bradley Prizes, awarded by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. This prestigious award is a tremendous and much-deserved honor for our co-founder. Michael W. Grebe, President and CEO of the Bradley Foundation, nicely summarized why Chip was selected: “Chip Mellor…

Our 2012 headquarters summer clerks and interns provided excellent legal research for IJ. They are from left to right, Katie Mclay, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Bryson Smith, Yale University Law School; David Morse, University of Houston; Brad King, Harvard University Law School; Jordan Fischetti, George Mason University School of Law; Andrew Ward, New York University School of Law; Andrew Koehlinger, Hillsdale College; Alex Antonova, University of Virginia School of Law; David Will, Princeton University; Darwyyn Deyo, George Mason University; Akil Alleyne, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law; David Scott, University of Iowa College of Law; Jessica Thompson, University of North Carolina School of Law; Charles Blatz, Manhattanville College; and Eddie Lowe, University of Alabama School of Law.

IJ’s Annual Law Student Conference Trains the Next Generation Of Public Interest Advocates

Attendees spent the weekend getting a crash-course in public interest law the way only IJ can do it. This year’s conference agenda included traditional conference sessions on IJ’s litigation pillars, Institute for Justice litigation strategies for public interest law, media relations tactics, IJ’s Human Action Network and our client roundtable. The client roundtable included Heather…


Monks and Their Supporters Head to Federal Appeals Court in Support of Economic Liberty

On June 7, 2012, a federal appeals court in New Orleans heard argument on Saint Joseph Abbey’s challenge to Louisiana’s restrictions on who can sell a casket.  In July 2011, after a bench trial, a judge struck down Louisiana’s law as unconstitutional, but the state appealed that decision.  Attending the argument were IJ clients Abbot…

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