June 2018, Volume 27, Issue 3

Credentialism Run Amok

By 2020, 76 percent of jobs in Washington, D.C., are projected to require postsecondary schooling. Among the latest jobs added to the list? Day care providers. The city’s new regulations will force hundreds of day care providers to obtain a college degree or lose their jobs. In November, IJ helped the public send D.C.’s education…

Victory for Louisville Vendors

Running a food truck business is hard work. But when one’s ability to run that truck turns on whether a nearby restaurant that sells “similar” food will give you permission to operate, it becomes next to impossible. IJ’s National Street Vending Initiative challenges such anticompetitive laws nationwide because nobody should need their competitors’ permission to…

Free to Teach in North Carolina

Two years after the North Carolina speech police told Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani she needed government permission to talk about makeup, she is finally free to open the school of her dreams. At a court-ordered mediation in March, North Carolina’s cosmetology board agreed to a consent judgment that allows unlicensed makeup schools like Jasna’s to operate. Now,…

IJ Whips Up Victories for Cottage Food Entrepreneurs

IJ kicked off 2018 with sweet victories for food freedom—and way too many baking puns around the office. Across the country, thousands of Americans are making food at home to sell in their communities. Although this is an age-old industry, many states stifle the ability of hard-working, talented entrepreneurs to earn an honest living selling…

IJ Builds on Historic Free Speech Precedent by Suing the FDA

Business owners have the right to tell the truth. This might sound obvious, but the government sees things differently, particularly when it comes to businesses that make and sell food. At the federal level alone, hundreds of regulations govern how food can be labeled, prescribing everything from the percentage of cherries necessary for a product…

Using Your IRA to Support the Fight for Freedom

Are you over 70½ years old? If so, you may qualify for the IRA Charitable Transfer, which allows individuals to make direct transfers from an IRA to a qualified charity like the Institute for Justice. These distributions can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution and do not need to be recognized as…

Fighting for Educational Choice at the Montana Supreme Court

This spring, IJ argued on behalf of Montana families at the Montana Supreme Court in an educational choice case that could have national implications. As Liberty & Law readers may recall, we represent three moms seeking to take advantage of the state’s tax-credit scholarship program. The Montana Department of Revenue has excluded these families because…

Thank you, Dick Komer!

After 25 years of working for liberty at IJ and helping countless families obtain greater choice to meet their educational needs, the one and only Dick Komer retired this May. Dick is known throughout the educational choice movement as the consummate expert on crafting choice programs that can withstand the inevitable lawsuits from our opponents.…

The Litigator’s Notebook: IJ Puts Tour Guide Licensing of Trial

On television, a lawyer’s life is filled with dramatic courtroom showdowns. In reality, lawyers mostly write briefs, read documents, and build cases behind the scenes. Still, for four days in April, IJ’s case challenging tour guide licensing in Charleston, South Carolina, yielded the kind of courtroom drama a TV producer would love. It took hard…

Chicago Entrepreneurs Graduate from IJ Clinic

The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (IJ Clinic) gives low-income small-business owners in Chicago a fighting chance to cut through costly and confusing regulatory red tape. By working in partnership with law students at the University of Chicago Law School, the IJ Clinic acts as general counsel for 15 to 20 small businesses each…

Little Pink House Enjoys BIG Launch

Independent films rarely earn much attention. Little Pink House, however, is proving an exception to the rule. Written, directed, and produced by filmmakers Courtney and Ted Balaker, Little Pink House showcases the epic legal fight to save Susette Kelo’s little pink house from eminent domain abuse—a fight IJ took all the way to the U.S.…

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