February 2012, Volume 21, Number 1

Life-saving Win

By Jeff Rowes On December 1, 2011, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an important decision in favor of IJ and its clients that may mean the difference between life and death for those suffering from deadly blood diseases. The court held that the U.S. Attorney General could not lawfully apply the…

School Choice Wins Again in Indiana

By Bert Gall IJ has scored yet another big win for school choice in the Hoosier State. This past July, IJ joined Indiana in defending the state’s new Choice Scholarship Program—which allows low- and middle-income families to obtain publicly funded scholarships that they may use to attend private schools or public schools outside of their…

Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling Advances Property Owners’ and Renters’ Challenge to Unconstitutional Inspection Scheme

By Dana Barliner On December 28, 2011, the Minnesota Supreme Court handed down an important victory for Red Wing property owners and renters, and for citizens across the state of Minnesota. The court allowed a property rights case to go forward that had been tied up by procedural wrangling for more than five years. The…

IJ Earns Twofold Victory In California

By William R. Maurer Call it a twofold win that will both advance government transparency and help fight eminent domain abuse. On November 10, 2011, the San Diego Superior Court issued an order temporarily enjoining National City from using changes to its main land-use documents as the basis for a finding of blight.  The changes…

Licensed to Speak?

By Matt Miller I was not required to get a license from the government to write this story.  Indeed, if the government attempted to require such a license, I would have swift redress under the First Amendment.  But if I were to walk around New Orleans and talk about the Crescent City to tourists, the…

Charge to Freedom!

If you want to support liberty and justice all year long, consider joining IJ’s Merry Band of Monthlies donor program.  Monthly giving is easy, automatic and budget-friendly.  No amount is too great or too small.  All you have to do is sign up one time and we will charge the same amount to your checking…

Stifling Citizen Speech In Arizona

By Steve Simpson The Institute for Justice won an important victory for free speech on November 3, 2011, when we secured a preliminary injunction against Arizona campaign finance laws that prevented Dina Galassini, a resident of Fountain Hills, Ariz., from holding a peaceful protest against a town bond issue. In early October, Dina sent an…

Know a student who wants to change the world?

Maffucci Fellows work with IJ’s activism and coalitions team as we fight for economic liberty, private property rights, school choice and free speech at the grassroots. Fellows assist with a variety of projects, including: • Exciting research • Cutting-edge legislative initiatives • Coalition building • Rallies, workshops and community town halls Thanks to the generosity…

Can the Government Arbitrarily Restrict Property Rights?

By Katelynn McBride Crushing property rights sometimes seems like a government pastime. Winona, a river town in southeastern Minnesota, is the latest offender with its destructive ban on renting out homes. In Winona, only 30 percent of homes on a given block may receive a government-issued license entitling the owner to rent them out. As…

IJ Clinic Entrepreneur Succeeds Despite Government Interference

By Erika Pfleger Politicians promise to create jobs, but instead they keep piling on burdensome regulations. IJ Clinic client Kentech Consulting could show them a thing or two about how jobs are really created. Kenneth Coats founded Kentech in 2007 in response to a problem he observed in his community: People—especially young adults—were struggling to…

New Reports Counter School Choice Opponents’ Myths with Facts

By Lisa Knepper As regular readers of Liberty & Law know, seldom does a new school choice program go unchallenged in court. Indeed even the proposal of a program will be met with cries that expanding educational choice to include private and religious schools is unconstitutional. In a series of reports dating to the earliest…

Dentists vs. Smiles

Lisa Martinez is an entrepreneur from Ledyard, Conn. Looking for a job that would let her be her own boss and give her a flexible schedule to spend time with her young children, Lisa opened up a teeth-whitening boutique in a shopping mall. There she sold an over-the-counter teeth-whitening product and instructed her customers on…

IJ Arizona Chapter Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

It has been 10 years since IJ announced that the cavalry was coming to Arizona in the form of the Institute for Justice’s first-ever state chapter—an institution that would be dedicated to vindicating the rights of Arizonans under the Arizona and federal constitutions. Ever since the chapter opened its doors in October 2001, it has…

IJ Accepting 2012 Law Student Conference Applications

The Institute for Justice is accepting applications for IJ’s 2012 annual Law Student Conference.  The conference will be held June 22-24, 2012, at the George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C. Each year the Institute for Justice brings 40 top law students to our nation’s capital to learn how to use law as a force…

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