December 2011, Volume 20, Number 6

IJ Opens New Florida Chapter

By Elizabeth Price Foley Street vendors are the embodiment of the Land of Opportunity. Whether it is selling newspapers in New York City, hot dogs in Chicago or cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, the image of a hard-working street vendor climbing his way up the economic ladder is familiar to all Americans. Vending provides a perfect way…

Hailing Freedom for Milwaukee Taxi Entrepreneurs

By Anthony Sanders The Institute for Justice is returning to its roots in a big way. One of IJ’s first cases successfully challenged the prohibition on new taxicab companies in Denver. That case allowed our clients to found Freedom Cabs, Denver’s first new cab company in nearly 50 years. Another version of Freedom Cabs may…

IJ-AZ Scores Quick Victory for Arizona Threaders

By Tim Keller Five Arizona entrepreneurs have proven once again that you can stand up to government bureaucrats and vindicate your civil rights. In June, five threaders teamed up with the Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter to file Gutierrez v. Aune, a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Cosmetology, challenging the board’s requirement that threaders…

20 Years of IJ

By Chip Mellor As our 20th anniversary year draws to a close, we can look ahead with the knowledge that the IJ approach to public interest law offers tremendous potential to secure constitutional protection for liberty at a crucial time in American history. In our first 20 years, we have gone from a struggling start-up…

Will, Gigot and Stossel Share Their Thoughts on the Institute for Justice

Over the Institute for Justice’s first 20 years, Washington Post syndicated columnist George F. Will, ABC and Fox News host John Stossel and Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot have often teamed up with IJ to advance the cause of freedom.  These journalistic luminaries joined together to kick off the Institute for Justice’s…

IJ Sets the Terms of the Debate With the Call for Judicial Engagement

By Clark Neily The Institute for Justice’s Center for Judicial Engagement continues to set the terms of the debate with the release of a strategic research report debunking the myth of judicial activism, the kickoff of a national debate series, and high-profile attention from courts and commentators. The strategic research report, Government Unchecked, examines the…

Arlen Specter: The U.S. Supreme Court “has been eating Congress’ lunch by invalidating legislation with judicial activism.”

Through rigorous research, IJ set out to check that claim by comparing the total number of laws and regulations passed with the total number struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The results were startling: • Congress passed 15,817 laws from 1954 to 2002.  The Supreme Court struck down 103­—or just two-thirds of one percent.…

In-Depth Podcasts From IJ’s Constitutional Experts

IJ has recorded a number of new podcasts designed to give mini-history lessons without needing to set foot in a classroom.  Topics of discussioninclude: •    The Rational Basis Test •    Judicial Activism •    The history of the Lochner v. New York case •    Economic Liberty in the U.S. Constitution Listen to IJ attorneys discuss the…

Send Us Freedom-minded Students: IJ Seeks Summer Clerks

IJ is accepting applications for summer law clerks, as well as undergraduate and graduate interns. Clerks and interns play an integral role in the Institute’s fast-paced litigation, taking on legal research, brief writing, client interviews and other responsibilities. Internships are offered at our Arlington, Va., headquarters. Law clerkships are offered at our headquarters and state…

IJ Fights Effort to Take Family Motel Through Civil Forfeiture

By Scott Bullock and Larry Salzman Civil forfeiture—where the government can take and sell your property without ever charging you with a crime, let alone convicting you of one—is one of the greatest threats to property rights in the nation. To make matters worse, such forfeitures often fund law enforcement officials’ budgets, giving them a…

IJ Defends Nation’s First Publicly Funded Education Savings Account Program

By Tim Keller It is said that no good deed goes unpunished. In Arizona, it seems that no good school choice program goes unchallenged in court. The ink was barely dry on the nation’s first publicly funded education savings account program—a program designed to benefit children with disabilities—when the Arizona Education Association filed suit to…

IJ Defends Mississippi Citizen Speech

By Paul Avelar Through our Citizen Speech Initiative, IJ has undertaken a nationwide fight against “campaign finance” laws that restrict grassroots speech, political involvement and democracy. These laws, which are often most pernicious at the state and local level, affect everyone who wants to speak about politics. IJ is now advancing its fight with our…

The Freedom Market

December 2011 Acrylic Cup and Straw $10 Flip Flops $10 20th Anniversary Ornament $15 Commemorative Calendar $10 IJ Logo T-Shirt $15 Grocery Tote $3 Wine Opener $9 Born Libertarian Onesie $20

Washington Ferry Monopoly Leaves Economic Liberty High and Dry

By Michael Bindas and Larry Salzman In October, IJ filed a lawsuit to sink the government-imposed ferry monopoly on Washington’s Lake Chelan and allow entrepreneurs like Jim and Cliff Courtney to set sail. Jim and Cliff are fourth-generation residents of Stehekin, a remote community on the northwest end of the 55-mile-long lake. For decades, Stehekin…

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