February 2013, Volume 22, Number 1

Victory-IJ Hits a Home Run

Christmas came early this past year to Atlanta’s vendors. On December 21, the Fulton County Superior Court struck down a government-created monopoly that controlled all vending on public property in Atlanta. This victory helps not only the dozens of small businesses that otherwise would have had to shut down, but entrepreneurs of all stripes across…

Entrepreneurs and IJ

If there is any ironclad rule of entrepreneurship, it is that every new innovation is likely to be attacked by businesses and regulators opposed to change. Entrepreneurs are men and women who take action to bring into reality their vision of what might be. Sometimes that is simply a vision of a better job and…

IJ As Our Long-Term Legacy

After major life events that most of us experience—like the birth of a child or the death of a parent—we started to consider our own lives. How do we want to be remembered, what legacy could we leave, and how can we ensure in some small way that America remains a country of opportunity for…

Changing the Law Outside the Courtroom

The Institute for Justice is, first and foremost, a law firm. As a public interest organization with subject matter expertise on critical issues like property rights and economic liberty, however, we also search for methods outside the courtroom to restore limits on government power. And at the confluence of our strategic research, outreach, media and…

Help Change Local Laws by Getting Active Using IJ’s New HAN Website

As part of IJ’s mission to educate, empower, organize and mobilize activists to be effective advocates for liberty, IJ’s Human Action Network—made up of IJ-trained grassroots activists across the country—has launched a new activism hub on our website. The new page—www.ij.org/HAN—features stories about current government abuses of power and explains how individuals can get involved…

Paul Sherman: A Master of Letters and Op-eds, Too

When making your point in today’s newspapers, space is tight, words need precision and competition is fierce for that scarce media real estate. These are some of the facts that make IJ Attorney Paul Sherman’s achievements publishing letters to the editor and op-eds nationwide so impressive. Only a small percentage of submitted letters and op-eds…

Why I’m Fighting Civil Forfeiture

The last thing I thought I would be doing as I approach my seventies is fighting the federal government to save my family-owned business, the Motel Caswell, in Tewksbury, Mass. But after my local police department teamed up with the U.S. Attorney more than three years ago, that is exactly what I have had to…

The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship Goes Local

The IJ Clinic is a hub for entrepreneurial activity, where dreams can become a reality even for those on a shoestring budget. The IJ Clinic works with University of Chicago law students to provide free legal assistance and support to low-income entrepreneurs. It helps clients through legal issues like licensing, contract drafting and hiring. And…

ALL ABOARD!

Millions of American children are denied the opportunity to pursue their dreams because they are forced to attend failing schools. The result is heartbreaking: Only about one-third of America’s eighth graders are proficient in reading or math. Only 13 percent of high school seniors are proficient in American history. One child drops out of school…

The SpeechNow Anniversary

As any public interest litigator will tell you, beating back unconstitutional government is a long-term project. Usually it is about securing small victories that, over time, add up to a much freer society. But sometimes a case comes along that gives public interest litigators a chance to score a big win for freedom, with nationwide…

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