February 2011, Volume 20, Number 1

The Secret to IJ’s Success

In 1991, we launched the Institute for Justice, determined to restore constitutional protection for our most basic freedoms and to advance a rule of law conducive to a society of free and responsible individuals.  Twenty years later, we celebrate our anniversary having achieved more than we dared dream, but recognizing that we have just begun…

IJ’s Challenge to Arizona’s “Clean Elections” Goes to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Institute for Justice is heading back to the U.S. Supreme Court for one of the most important free speech cases in years. At issue in the case—Arizona Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett—is whether the government may insert itself into political campaigns and place its thumb firmly on the scales in favor of government-funded candidates.…

Strategic Research Paying Dividends

The Institute for Justice’s strategic research program is something truly new in the world of public interest law. No other organization has the capability to produce academic-caliber research and then employ that research in cutting-edge litigation to advance freedom. In IJ’s constitutional challenge to Texas’ civil forfeiture scheme, for example, our research underscored a key…

IJ Launches Center for Judicial Engagement

In January, IJ launched its Center for Judicial Engagement to secure constitutional limits on government power by reinvigorating the courts’ role as bulwarks of liberty.  IJ will challenge the notion, far too prevalent today on the right and the left, that courts should routinely defer to legislative and executive authority.  The Center will be guided…

Arlington Virginia’s Sign Ordinance is for the Dogs

America’s road to economic recovery won’t begin in Washington, D.C. It will start in the homes and offices of entrepreneurs who risk it all to bring an idea to life. And their success is our success: The goods and services that these innovators offer and the jobs they create benefit us all. You would think…

IJ has taken on some of the nastiest licensing cartels in American industry, from interior design to transportation to veterinary medicine. Where established interests have used occupational licensing and government force to fence out competitors, IJ has been there to protect the rights of hard-working Americans to earn an honest living. And now, IJ has…

Texas Horse Teeth Floaters File Regulations Down to Size

By Clark Neily After a three-year legal battle on behalf of horse teeth floaters in Texas, we are proud to say, “Yippee, y’all!” On November 9, 2010, Travis County Judge Orlinda Naranjo struck down the Texas vet board’s lawless campaign against non-veterinarian practitioners, enabling our clients (and hundreds of other hard-working Texans) to continue floating…

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