December 2012, Volume 21, Number 6

Food Fight: IJ Initiative Challenges Protectionist Laws, Seeks to Free Mobile Food Vendors in Chicago & Nationwide

Just as mobile food vendors hit the road each day to satisfy the needs of hungry consumers, the Institute for Justice is hitting the road on behalf of these industrious entrepreneurs with groundbreaking new efforts in Chicago and across the nation. In less than two years, IJ’s National Street Vending Initiative has made us the…

Honing the Cutting Edge in Constitutional Litigation

When we launched IJ in 1991, we pledged that we would pursue “cutting-edge” constitutional litigation. Back then, the state of the law was so bad that merely trying to take on decades of adverse precedent with new and innovative tactics was indeed cutting edge. Over the years, we made progress and refined our tactics. And…

Federal Appeals Court Victory: Putting the Nails in Louisiana’s Coffin Cartel

The monks of Saint Joseph Abbey in Louisiana are hammering away with renewed purpose after another major legal victory for economic liberty. As Liberty & Lawreaders will remember, the brothers build simple wooden caskets to honor St. Benedict’s rule that monks should put food on their table through the labor of their own hands. Unfortunately,…

3 Cases, 3 Courts, 2 Weeks: Unprecedented Level of Courtroom Activity Defending School Choice Nationwide

The defense of liberty never takes a holiday. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and in the weeks that follow, IJ attorneys will be crisscrossing the country to defend a variety of school choice programs. In each case, IJ represents parents and children who have intervened in legal challenges brought by the defenders of…

IJ Clinic Helps Chicago Tour Guide Forge New Paths Across the Second City

IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship client Chicago Detours explores the hidden nooks and crannies of Chicago’s buildings and history on its tours. These tours are for curious people. Tour groups navigate the mysterious underground passages of Chicago’s Pedway with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Or they learn the ins and outs of prohibition politics as…

Driven to Success: IJ Transforms Transportation Markets Nationwide

Many of IJ’s first battles for economic liberty were fights for transportation freedom. From opening up taxi markets in Denver, Cincinnati and Indianapolis to taking on Las Vegas’ limousine cartel, we have been on the front lines fighting for transportation entrepreneurs from day one. We focused on transportation issues for two main reasons. First, businesses…

Victory Over Eminent Domain in Virginia

Property rights are the foundation of all our rights. It is difficult to imagine the freedom of religion without the right to own a church or the right to free speech without the right to own a printing press. With that critical principle in mind, amid the fuss and flurry of this year’s presidential election,…

Reintroducing Liberty Into the Academic Debate

When IJ’s strategic research initiative began six years ago, the primary goal was to create high-quality social science research that would show courts the real-world impacts of laws we challenge. When the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court cited our research in his opinion striking down Arizona’s Clean Elections scheme, we knew we were…

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