October 2012, Volume 21, Number 5

Victory for Utah Braider

In August, IJ won a major economic liberty victory in a case that attracted national media attention. Judge David Sam of the U.S. District Court in Utah struck down as unconstitutional Utah’s requirement that hairbraiders have a government-issued cosmetology license. IJ filed the legal challenge to Utah’s licensing law on behalf of African hairbraider Jestina…

IJ Defends Louisiana School Choice Program

Louisiana’s public school system is one of the worst in the country. In 2007, the federal government found that Louisiana ranked between 43rd and 50th in fourth and eighth grade English and math on national tests. In 2011, 44 percent of Louisiana’s public schools received a D or F in standards set by the state.…

IJ Testimony Provides a Choice Option for Educational Reform Nationwide

Providing legal counsel in the design and passage of school choice programs has long been an essential component of IJ’s school choice advocacy. Although the vast majority of that counsel takes place behind the scenes, occasionally we are asked to testify before state legislative committees. Indeed, IJ attorneys are often the only constitutional experts on…

Persistence: A Required Virtue at IJ

By Dana Berliner IJ client Kim Houghton displays an image of the mural Arlington County has been trying to force her to paint over or turn into a government sign. Resilience and dogged persistence are required traits for any IJ attorney. We need these qualities because court losses, especially at the initial stages, are inescapable…

Give Monthly Gifts of Liberty

Looking for a rewarding and consistent way to support the Institute for Justice? Consider joining our Merry Band of Monthly Donors. Monthly giving is simple, convenient, cost-effective and essential to IJ’s long-term success. Here at IJ, we believe in changing the world through long-term, strategic litigation, communications, activism and research. Monthly givers allow us to…

On the Road with IJ

By Christina Walsh The Institute for Justice’s activism team has worked in hundreds of communities across the country to educate, organize, and mobilize victims of abuses of government power to defend their rights outside the courtroom. We work both in conjunction with, and independent of, IJ’s litigation and have become an integral part of the…

IJ Amicus Brief Alerts High Court to Abuse of Civil Forfeiture Using Drug Dogs

By Darpana Sheth Police are increasingly using drug-detection dogs to establish probable cause that results in the seizure and ultimate forfeiture of cash, cars and other property on the grounds that the property is somehow linked to a drug crime. Numerous studies show, however, that there is a significant risk that the dog’s “alert” is…

Library of Congress Archives IJ.org

The Institute for Justice is pleased to announce that the U.S. Library of Congress has selected our IJ.org website for inclusion in the library’s historic collection of Internet materials related to public policy topics. Inclusion of IJ’s material demonstrates that the Library of Congress considers our website to be an important part of this collection…

Why Crony Capitalism Doesn’t Work

In 2002, the Seattle city government changed its code to ban small companies from transporting construction waste and the like. In making the change, Seattle contended that the market had to be closed to competition from nonunion businesses so it could ensure that the public health and safety were protected. With a stroke of a…

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