June 2000, Volume 9, Number 3

Viva Las Vegas Litigation

June 2000 Viva Las Vegas Litigation By Dana Berliner Litigation requires perseverance. Case in point-IJ’s challenge to Nevada’s ridiculous limousine licensing laws. We filed the case in May 1998 and thought our readers would appreciate an insider’s account of its progress and a report on the lives of our clients. To drive a limousine in…

As Summer Heats Up, School Choice Sizzles

June 2000 As Summer Heats Up, School Choice Sizzles By Clint Bolick As the struggle over school choice moves closer to resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, battles rage across the nation. Institute for Justice attorneys are deployed in five lawsuits in four states, all of which likely will see major action this summer. Recent…

Did you know?

School Choice Is Vitally Needed Cleveland scored the lowest of any school district in Ohio on the latest state report card, failing to meet a single one of 27 standards for student performance. The district was one of 69 around the state doing so poorly in 1998-99 that they were declared to be in a…

IJ Attorney Clark Neily: A Black Belt In Litigation

IJ Attorney Clark Neily: A Black Belt In Litigation By Chip Mellor Meet Clark Neily. IJ’s newest legal gunslinger hails from Texas where he spent four years as a litigator for the large Dallas law firm, Thompson and Knight. Prior to that, Clark served as a law clerk for Judge Royce Lamberth on the U.S.…

Don’t Take My Car!

June 2000 Don’t Take My Car! Ex-Sheriff Wages Fight Against Forfeiture Abuses By Scott Bullock Civil forfeiture laws repre sent one of the most seri ous assaults on private property rights in the nation today. This legal doctrine allows the government to file lawsuits against pieces of property under the notion that property can be…

Reaping The Rewards of Entrepreneurial Activism

The entrepreneurial activism in and around the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship recently inspired significant media coverage featuring our successes in inner city Chicago. Forbes noted, “This project is one where liberals and conservatives can find common ground.” The hosts of WGN-TV’s Minority Small Business Report reaffirmed the benefit of the IJ Clinic, praising…

Supreme Court Once Again Limits Congressional Power

June 2000 Supreme Court Once Again Limits Congressional Power By Scott Bullock In May, the U.S. Supreme Court took another step toward restoring the principles of limited constitutional government by striking down a key provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which created a federal private cause of action against a person “who commits…

How the Constitution Protects Economic Liberty: Part Three

June 2000 How the Constitution Protects Economic Liberty: Part Three By Dana Berliner In our past two issues of Liberty & Law, we discussed our most common economic liberty constitutional claims (violations of the equal protection, due process, and privileges or immunities clauses) and two constitutional claims that we bring on behalf of businesses that…

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