February 2000, Volume 9, Number 1

Epstein & IJ: Teaming Up for Liberty

February 2000 Epstein & IJ: Teaming Up for Liberty By Richard A. Epstein In 1987, Chip Mellor told me he and Clint Bolick intended to develop strategic litigation blueprints for public interest law. I thought it a worthy idea and agreed to lend a hand where possible. I was not sure what would come of…

IJ Scores First-Round Victory In Illinois School Choice Fight

February 2000 IJ Scores First-Round Victory In Illinois School Choice Fight By Matthew Berry Last spring, Illinois Governor George Ryan and a bipartisan group of state legislators had a simple idea: let Illinois families keep more of their own money to spend on the education of their children as they see fit. As a result,…

Judge Strikes Down Cleveland School Choice But U.S. Supreme Court Lets Program Continue

February 2000 Judge Strikes Down Cleveland School Choice But U.S. Supreme Court Lets Program Continue Five days before Christmas, federal Judge Solomon Oliver delivered a lump of coal to 3,800 Cleveland schoolchildren when he declared Cleveland’s school choice program unconstitutional. But the effect of the ruling was ameliorated by a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision…

IJ Founders Awarded For Achievements in Liberty

IJ Founders Awarded For Achievements in Liberty The ninth annual Thomas S. Szasz Award, given for outstanding contributions to the cause of civil liberties, was presented to Institute for Justice Co-Founders Chip Mellor and Clint Bolick for their activism. Sponsored by the Center of Independent Thought, the award honors Dr. Szasz’s career-long battle for civil…

Medallion Monopoly Drives Taxicab Racism

February 2000 Medallion Monopoly Drives Taxicab Racism By Marcus Cole In the preface to his book, Race Matters, Harvard Professor Cornel West describes a scene all too familiar to African-Americans: he stood at the corner of 60th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan and watched 10 unoccupied taxicabs pass him by. Recently, actor Danny Glover…

Did You Know? . . .

The Institute for Justice is litigating to open up the public streets to private van services-something that will help alleviate the transportation woes of New York City minorities. However, the public bus union is working to block that reform by claiming, erroneously, that private vans are not safe. Here are some facts about New York…

How IJ Defends Economic Liberty

February 2000 How IJ Defends Economic Liberty: A Constitutional Primer, Part One By Dana Berliner In our very first case at the Institute for Justice, Uqdah v. District of Columbia Board of Cosmetology, we challenged regulatory barriers to entrepreneurship. That case involved a licensing scheme that prevented African-style hairbraiders from starting braiding businesses, and we…

Make America A Better Place, George Magazine asks 250 Americans how to Improve our Country

February 2000 Make America A Better Place, George Magazine asks 250 Americans how to Improve our Country For evidence of our victories paving the way into popular culture, you need to look only as far as your local bookstore. General Counsel and IJ President Chip Mellor was tapped by the editors of George magazine for…

IJ Conference Alumni Court Justice

People are often surprised when they find out that non-lawyers make up a large portion of IJ’s Human Action Network (HAN). Most assume IJ’s nationwide network of activists is comprised exclusively of legal eagles litigating for individual liberty in the courtroom. Other HAN members who are not attorneys, however, often set the terms of the…

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