December 2004, Volume 13, Number 6

Rescued Dreams:

For 13 years, the Institute for Justice has worked through litigation and public advocacy to secure the four pillars that support the American Dream: the rights of economic liberty, free speech, property ownership and school choice. Here is a snapshot of our results so far. Each number represents real-life dreams rescued and a tangible advance…

Uphill and Against the Odds

December 2004 Uphill and Against the Odds By Chip Mellor With every case the Institute for Justice files, we have our eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court. We intend ultimately to set nationwide precedent that protects basic liberties enshrined in the Constitution. But getting to the Supreme Court is a tall order. After all, every…

In With the New

December 2004 In With the New A New Year Brings New Challenges at the IJ Clinic By Beth Milnikel On a university campus, fall is always accompanied by a vibrant sense of possibility. Students arrive ready to meet new people, engage in new debates, and encounter new ideas. The faculty is refreshed after a summer…

Police Should Pursue Justice, Not Profit

December 2004 Police Should Pursue Justice, Not Profit By Tim Keller “This collaborative study has sparked renewed interest in civil forfeiture abuse and should serve as a starting point for IJ to conduct further national studies.” Download a copy of Policing and Prosecuting for Profit: Arizona’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Violate Basic Due Process Protections…

Don’t Miss IJ’s Third Partners Retreat!

December 2004 Don’t Miss IJ’s Third Partners Retreat! May 5-8, 2005The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa Carefree, AZ Exclusively for IJ donors, this event provides a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from IJ staff about IJ’s mission and future course. While enjoying the amenities of the famous Boulders Resort, you’ll be immersed in IJ’s…

You & IJ Have Made A Difference

December 2004 You & IJ Have Made A Difference By Beth Stevens “No other group or charitable investment I know of matches IJ in terms of change per dollar invested.” This was the sentiment one of our supporters recently conveyed to IJ President Chip Mellor. It is certainly a terrific compliment, and one we strive…

The Patriots of Fort Trumbull

December 2004 The Patriots of Fort Trumbull By Scott Bullock When I first pulled into New London, Conn., that summer evening in 2000 to investigate a potential case, I knew the situation had promise to turn into an important lawsuit. Little did I know, however, that my first meeting with the homeowners and their community…

We Happy Few

December 2004 We Happy Few By Matt Dery I am sitting here writing this on October 25, 2004, looking forward with renewed hope to our approaching date with the U.S. Supreme Court early in 2005. It does not require much effort to recall the feelings of helplessness that filled my family and me as we…

Heightened Coverage Led Way to High Court

December 2004 Heightened Coverage Led Way to High Court By John E. Kramer How the U.S. Supreme Court selects its cases remains a mystery to all those outside that inner sanctum, but certain criteria help elevate a few select cases for consideration over others that are rejected. Among these are a split in authority—where state…

Sandy Meadows In Memoriam

December 2004 Sandy Meadows In Memoriam On October 5, 2004, we were saddened to learn that Sandy Meadows, who was one of our clients in the Louisiana florist case, had passed away. Sandy’s courageous spirit and her willingness to stand up to the injustice of Louisiana’s florist licensing scheme will continue to inspire us. As…

Full Florida Appeals Court Considers Choice Case

December 2004 Full Florida Appeals Court Considers Choice Case In September we received encouraging news from Florida, where the First District Court of Appeal recently decided to grant en banc reconsideration of a three-judge panel’s decision to strike down the Opportunity Scholarship program. That means the 2-1 decision handed down by the court in August…

IJ’s Jazzy Night

December 2004 IJ’s Jazzy Night On Tuesday, October 26th, IJ donors, clients and staff gathered at D.C.’s local jazz scene, HR-57, for a night of jazz, conversation and celebration. D.C. school choice mom and Executive Director of D.C. Parents for School Choice Virginia Walden-Ford (clockwise, above left) joins IJ Senior Attorney Scott Bullock (top right),…

A Choice Award

IJ President Chip Mellor offered the keynote speech and presented a gift to school choice leaders Martin and Mae Duggan at the 45th anniversary luncheon for Citizens for Educational Freedom, co-hosted by the Institute for Justice.

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