February 2003, Volume 12, Number 1

Score Two For the Underdogs: IJ Closes 2002 with Wine and Casket Victories

Score two for the underdogs! Within one December week, the Institute for Justice won two resounding victories for small entrepreneurs and their customers, soundly defeating powerful cartels that used government power to protect themselves from competition. Outgunned financially and faced with difficult legal precedent, our clients and IJ persevered to vindicate the principles of economic…

New Jersey Civil Forfeiture Laws Declared Unconstitutional

February 2003 Court Seizes the Day New Jersey Civil Forfeiture Laws Declared Unconstitutional By Scott G. Bullock IJ won a resounding victory in December 2002 when Superior Court Judge G. Thomas Bowen ruled that New Jersey’s method of financing police and prosecutors through civil forfeiture is unconstitutional. The decision was the first of its kind…

Exporting Liberty:

My nine-month internship at the Institute for Justice in 2001 was rich in new experiences and truly inspiring. Aware of the differences between Sweden and the U.S. in terms of their respective legal systems and traditions, this study at IJ was pursued with the ultimate goal of starting a similar non-profit litigation shop in Sweden.…

Castle Coalition Defends Property Rights Across the Nation

February 2003 Castle Coalition Defends Property Rights Across the Nation By Scott Bullock The Castle Coalition—the grass-roots advocacy group the Institute for Justice formed to work with and train property owners and activists to challenge eminent domain abuse nationwide—closed out 2002 with a whirl of activity. The Coalition, led by IJ’s Nicole Church, witnessed activity…

Castle Coalition’s Second Conference March 28 & 29

February 2003 Castle Coalition’s Second Conference March 28 & 29 Come Be A Part of It Talk about getting off to a fast start! Since the Castle Coalition’s launch last March, its members have led two communities (one in Allentown, N.J., and the other in Scottsdale, Ariz.) to defeat proposals that would have resulted in…

Chip Mellor, Litigator

Chip Mellor, Litigator By Clint Bolick Many friends and supporters know IJ’s President Chip Mellor as our chief fund raiser and the guy who keeps our organization hitting on all cylinders. Indeed, Chip is an excellent manager who presides over an ever-growing and influential public interest law firm. But what some don’t realize is that…

The Fight for Parental Choice

February 2003 The Fight for Parental Choice IJ Vice President Clint Bolick has led the nationwide effort to defend school choice programs, culminating in the historic U.S. Supreme Court victory last June. In his new book, Voucher Wars, Clint recounts the 12-year legal battle to open the schoolhouse doors to families trapped in failing public…

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