August 2013, Volume 22, Number 4

California Scheming

When IJ client Tony Jalali fled Iran in 1978, he came to America seeking protection of the rule of law, due process, and justice. He never would have imagined that 35 years later he would be battling in federal court to save the small Anaheim, Calif., office building that represents his family’s life savings. But…

IJ Sues the Government to Protect the Right to Sue the Government

Americans have the right to sue the government to protect their rights. And lawyers—like those at IJ—have the right to help people vindicate their rights in court. But Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has taken a dangerous step toward regulating those rights out of existence. That is why, for the first time in our history,…

The National Law Firm for Liberty

By Chip Mellor We cannot have liberty without the rule of law which requires, at a minimum, due process, equal protection and an impartial judiciary. Friedrich Hayek observed that the rule of law is what prevents arbitrary government. Under our Constitution, the rule of law limits government power and protects individual rights. It reflects John…

IJ Refuses to Back Down in Defense of Atlanta Vendors

Atlanta, the crucible of the civil rights movement, calls itself “The City That’s Too Busy To Hate.” Its elected officials, though, are waging a vindictive, scorched earth effort against some of the city’s hardest working entrepreneurs: street vendors. IJ beat these bullies back in court, and we will keep fighting until we vindicate the vendors’…

An IJ Tale of Resiliency

The key to IJ’s success is simple: our culture. It is the foundation that everything rests upon, and it manifests in all the work we do. Readers of Liberty & Law are familiar with IJ’s famous esprit de corps and the resiliency required for us to persevere in the face of adversity. Indeed, setbacks are…

How IJ Helped Save D.C. Food Trucks

By Bert Gall Washington, D.C., has one of the best food-truck scenes in the country. Indeed, the success of the local food truck industry—aided by D.C. bureaucrats’ uncharacteristic decision to avoid strangling it in red tape while it was in its infancy—gave hope to many that D.C. might actually be working to rehabilitate its (well-deserved)…

IJ Continues Its Proud History of Training Tomorrow’s Fighters for Freedom

By Robert McNamara Since IJ’s founding, we have taken the long view on liberty: The fight for freedom does not take place over months, but over decades. And that means, in addition to focusing on winning the cases we litigate today, we have always focused on training the law students who will be defending the…

IJ Promotes Forfeiture Reform in the District of Columbia

On July 11, 2013, the D.C. City Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety held a hearing on the Civil Asset Forfeiture Amendment Act of 2013. IJ Attorney Darpana Sheth testified on behalf of IJ in favor of the reform bill. D.C.’s existing civil forfeiture law assaults property rights and violates due process. The…

Institute for Justice Receives Walton School Choice Award

In May, the Institute for Justice became the first organization to receive the prestigious John T. Walton Champions for School Choice Award, which is presented annually by the Alliance for School Choice. The award, which was presented to IJ by previous Walton Award recipient Bill Oberndorf, is presented to prominent leaders in the school choice…

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