February 2008, Volume 17, Number 1

Freeing Speech From Government Control

America’s Founders drafted the First Amendment so every American could speak freely about politics, thus ensuring a healthy democratic system with robust public debate and meaningful citizen participation. Arizona’s scheme of taxpayer subsidies for politicians, its so-called “Clean Elections” law, fosters precisely the opposite: It curbs speech, discourages participation and limits what voters hear about…

IJ Clinic Inspires Students With Economic Titans

Entrepreneurs face countless legal challenges, including setting up a business organization, obtaining licenses, securing real estate, hiring employees, complying with safety regulations, protecting intellectual property and setting up contracts with key suppliers. Law students at the University of Chicago who work with lower-income entrepreneurs at the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship might encounter questions on any…

Will Eminent Domain Reform Cause a Development Doomsday? New Report Says, “No Way”

By Dick Carpenter Download: Doomsday? No Way Since the infamous Kelo ruling, eminent domain apologists—politicians, planners and their developer friends—have tried to block reform by predicting an economic doomsday if eminent domain abuse were reined in. Former Riviera Beach, Fla., Mayor Michael Brown, for example, intoned, “[I]f we don’t use this power, cities will die.”…

A View Behind a Victory

The Castle Coalition is sticking to its roots—the grassroots, to be exact—to work with citizens and legislators around the country to reform the nation’s woeful eminent domain laws. The Institute for Justice cannot litigate to stop all of the many abuses of eminent domain across the country, so we formed the Castle Coalition in 2002…

IJ Wins Davey Award For “Not for Sale”

By John E. Kramer You know that every day the Institute for Justice battles government Goliaths. Through our lawsuits, media relations, publications, research, outreach and more, we use all the tools at our disposal to take on these deep-pocketed giants and topple them back down to Earth. But more and more, IJ is being recognized…

New Castle Watch Blog Keeps Owners & Activists In the Know

By Chris Grodecki The Castle Coalition works to be the one-stop information resource for property owners threatened by eminent domain abuse. Part of this work includes searching the Internet every day for media reports of eminent domain abuse that we then share with IJ attorneys and staff so they have the latest information about situations…

State Chapter Lessons Prove Universal

State Chapter Lessons Prove Universal By Deborah Simpson The Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter kept teenage entrepreneur Christian Alf in business when the government sought to shut him down. As the Institute for Justice gears up to launch its newest state chapter (keep an eye out for the next issue of Liberty & Law for…

Litigating for Liberty, Swedish-Style

By Gunnar Strömmer The Centrum för Rättvisa’s eminent domain clients in Burlov, Sweden. Local authorities want to take the couple’s home and give it to DHL, the giant German transport company. In 2001, I had an incredible nine-month internship at the Institute for Justice in Washington, D.C., an experience that has paid off in big…

New Scholarship Helps IJ Attract Best & Brightest

By Shaka Mitchell Let’s face it: the Institute for Justice is made up of free marketeers. We know how the marketplace works. Apply for IJ’s $10,000 Torchbearer Scholarship for a 2L Dedicated to Liberty With the average private law school student graduating more than $76,000 in debt, and that tally ringing up to $48,000 for…

An Evening at FEE With Chip Mellor

IJ President and General Counsel Chip Mellor delivers his speech, “Jurisprudence of Liberty,” at the Foundation for Economic Education’s prestigious Evenings at FEE lecture series. FEE is one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States and has a deep history of publishing and hosting lectures by the greatest advocates of liberty, including Ludwig…

“For Sale” Victory Now Final

IJ client Chris Pagan’s hard-fought victory for free speech became final in late November when the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for review filed by Glendale, Ohio. Glendale asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn last summer’s narrow 8-7 win in a rare proceeding before the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The…

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