February 2009, Volume 18, Number 1

Bulldozed: Texas Developer Seeks to Bulldoze Property Rights & Free Speech

Hours after Kelo v. City of New London was decided in June 2005, the city of Freeport, Texas, instructed its attorneys to redouble their efforts to use eminent domain for private redevelopment. The Gore family did not want to sell their land to the city for a private marina project, so Freeport attempted to take…

IJ Continues to Free the Cabs

Driving a taxi is a longstanding and traditional way to achieve the American Dream. It does not take much capital or formal education, but rewards determination and a willingness to work hard. Throughout the country, places like Minneapolis and Colorado changed their laws to eliminate outdated, protectionist taxi regulations and now permit new entrepreneurs into…

IJ Clinic Marks 10 Years

University of Chicago law students have been hard at work this year. While most students spend time studying, reading and writing, some have taken additional responsibilities and opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. They are the law students who work at the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, which marks its 10th Anniversary this year.…

Ending Discrimination, Expanding Educational Opportunity

The state of Washington discriminates against parents of children with special needs through its Blaine amendments—bigoted provisions from the 1800s found in many state constitutions designed to undermine educational options that involve religious schools. The Institute for Justice aims to stop that. IJ’s goal in challenging Washington’s practice is to establish federal constitutional limits on…

IJ Law Student Conference Application Deadline Nears

Each summer the Institute for Justice hosts the nation’s best and brightest law students for a weekend-long crash course in public interest litigation, sharing with the students the Institute for Justice’s vision and tactics.  Students spend the weekend participating in lectures and workshops led by IJ attorneys and staff members as well as prominent legal…

The Joy of Sleepless Nights & Litigation

By Chip Mellor Long hours and late nights are familiar experiences for IJ litigators. We are always up against tough odds, so every case requires extra effort. IJ litigators expect this; they thrive on it. But occasionally a case comes along that really demonstrates just how dedicated IJ litigators are, and how a special esprit…

IJ Makes the Rounds if Federal Circuit Courts

IJ lawyers have had a busy few months advocating for economic liberty in federal appellate courts, with Scott Bullock defending Minneapolis’ free-market taxi reforms in the 8th Circuit and Clark Neily taking the fight to the Texas interior design cartel and the Maryland funeral home monopoly in the 5th and 4th Circuits, respectively. Following an…

Defending School Choice in Arizona the IJ Way

By Tim Keller The Arizona Supreme Court heard oral arguments in December to decide the educational fates of nearly 450 special needs and foster children. Thanks to two state scholarship programs that provide educational opportunity and real hope for a better life for these vulnerable schoolchildren, these students have escaped from public schools that failed…

Government in Retreat

fighting state bureaucrats for his right to earn an honest living before teaming up with IJ lawyers Clark Neily and Jeff Rowes in 2006. Fighting unaccountable bureaucrats, according to Charles, is like having schoolyard bullies take your lunch money every single day—and bringing IJ on board is like showing up to school with your big…

Kelo Story Becomes Major Book

By John E. Kramer You may think you know all the intrigue and drama of Susette Kelo’s story. But be prepared to be outraged anew with the release of Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage (Grand Central Publishing, January 26, 2009, $26.99), a first-rate nonfiction drama told by award-winning author Jeff…

Help Ensure IJ’s Future With a Bequest

Help Ensure IJ’s Future With a Bequest How can you make a gift to the Institute for Justice that costs you nothing in your lifetime?    Include IJ in your will or living trust.    Bequests are the easiest and most common way to include a charity in your long-term planning, and they are critically important to…

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