June 2012, Volume 21, Number 3

License to Work

By Dick Carpenter and Lisa Knepper In the Institute for Justice’s 20-plus years, we have challenged all manner of senseless occupational licensing schemes—such as those restricting entry into interior design, tax preparation, eyebrow threading and African hairbraiding—all the while showing how they keep ordinary Americans out of work at the behest of more politically powerful…

Protectionism in Portland

Ronald Reagan famously said the 10 most dangerous words in the English language are, “Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”  As if to prove his point, the city of Portland, Ore., is threatening to put limo and sedan operators out of business for the supposed crime of charging their customers too…

Leave a Legacy for Liberty

Nearly six years ago, the Institute for Justice launched an exciting new program called the Four Pillars Society as a way to honor our friends and supporters who choose to include IJ in their will or other long-term financial plans. Since 2006, membership in the Four Pillars Society has grown ten-fold.  Every year more IJ…

Judging from these Judicial Engagement Successes, IJ is on the Right Track

With Big Government on the march and the U.S. Supreme Court set to decide the most important federalism case since the New Deal, the need for judicial engagement has never been more acute. And IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement is right in the thick of it. The driving force behind judicial engagement is the idea…

Center for Judicial Engagement Symposium Discusses Judicial Protection of Individual Liberties

On March 22, the Institute for Justice’s Center for Judicial Engagement teamed up with the George Mason Law Review to hold a symposium, “Judicial Engagement and the Role of Judges in Enforcing the Constitution.” The symposium brought together professors and other participants with differing views on the proper role of the courts to discuss what…

IJ Stops Developer from Bulldozing Author’s Free Speech

A flurry of urgent calls and emails soon followed.  Somewhere in the mix, a friend contacted IJ Senior Attorney Dana Berliner and told her what happened.  I will never forget the relief I later felt when Dana told me that IJ would represent Prof. Epstein, Encounter and me in the case.  The situation—and my stress…

IJ Works to Turn the Windy City into a “Foodies” Paradise

Mobile food vendors in Chicago have waited in limbo for nearly two yearsfor the city council to reform the city’s laws, lift protectionist and burdensome regulations, and  free up street vendors so “street food” can thrive.  Since government officials have so far failed to act, the Institute for Justice and our IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship…

Generating Media Coverage

Everyone familiar with IJ knows that we fight our cases in two courts:  the court of law and the court of public opinion.  Here is a quick look at the media side of the lawsuit we filed against everybody’s favorite federal agency:  the IRS. The launch was covered on national TV—as well as in magazines,…

Kramer Looks Back After 20 Years at IJ

Twenty years ago I became “Freedom’s PR Man.”  I walked into the Institute for Justice wanting to escape the drudgery of working at a PR firm.  I wanted to find a place and a cause I believed in . . . somewhere I could thrive and put my free-market values into action.  I could not…

Marking the 10th Anniversary of IJ’s First U.S. Supreme Court Case

June 27, 2012 is a special anniversary for IJ.  It marks ten years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, upholding the constitutionality of school choice under the federal Establishment Clause and giving IJ a victory in its first appearance in the Supreme Court.  Getting a favorable decision from the Court on this…

Free Speech and Property Rights Under Attack in Norfolk

Government officials in Norfolk, Va., are not only taking Central Radio Company, they are telling the owners to be quiet about it. Central Radio Company has been in Norfolk for nearly 80 years.  Founded in 1934, Central Radio serviced radio equipment for the U.S. Navy during World War II that helped protect U.S. submarines from…

Behind the Scenes at Studio IJ

Hearing IJ clients tell the stories of their battles to protect their freedom and individual liberty against the government gives me chills every time.  These individuals fight with passion for economic freedom, to keep their property, for the right to choose their kid’s school or for their right to freely speak.  It is the reason…

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