October 2002, Volume 11, Number 5

After High Court Victory ij Goes on the Offense

By Richard Komer With the recent U.S. Supreme Court victory in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris upholding the constitutionality of including the choice of religious schools in the Cleveland scholarship program, it is time to move into the next stage of the battle for parental choice in education. While IJ will continue to vigorously defend parental choice…

Guiding Tomorrow’s Leaders: Law Student Conference 2002

October 2002 Guiding Tomorrow’s Leaders: Law Student Conference 2002 By Nicole Church It’s hard to believe that the Institute for Justice just completed its 11th annual Law Student Conference, and like the previous 10, it was an exhilarating experience. Thirty-three of the nation’s brightest law students dedicated to advancing individual liberty attended our weekend training…

An Insider’s View of IJ: A Well-Run Machine

October 2002 An Insider’s View of IJ: A Well-Run Machine By Lee McGrath Before moving on to the second part of my career, I spent more than two decades in corporate America and served on numerous boards of non-profit organizations. Through these experiences, I came to appreciate what makes a successful enterprise. It takes talented…

Judges Must Enforce Limits on Special Interest Lawmaking

October 2002 Judges Must Enforce Limits on Special Interest Lawmaking By Clark Neily Depending on whose ox is being gored, both liberals and conservatives have been known to decry judicial activism, claiming that a court has overstepped its bounds and invaded the province of the legislature or the executive branch. Presumably the opposite of judicial…

Blaine: Arcane, Inane, On the Wane

October 2002 Blaine: Arcane, Inane, On the Wane Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has removed the federal Establishment Clause from their arsenal, teachers’ unions and other defenders of the educational status quo have vowed to use any remaining weapon to kill school choice. That includes the religion clauses found in most state constitutions, such…

On the Road to Economic Liberty

October 2002 On the Road to Economic Liberty By Hector Ricketts Imagine securing the capital to start a new business, passing all government licensing and inspection requirements, hiring trained employees, and finding enthusiastic customers–and then being ticketed and harassed by police simply for operating the enterprise you’ve built. That’s the daunting situation commuter van entrepreneurs…

The Resilient Entrepreneur

October 2002 The Resilient Entrepreneur By Chip Mellor I remember vividly the first time I met Hector Ricketts. He was a center of calm in the midst of a noisy, crowded room filled with commuter van drivers from Queens and Brooklyn. The drivers were upset with the most recent harassment they’d received from the police,…

Answering Those Who Defend Eminent Domain Abuse

October 2002 Answering Those Who Defend Eminent Domain Abuse By Dana Berliner I’m sure that all our readers have noticed the dramatic changes in recent years in the treatment of eminent domain for the benefit of private parties. The world has changed. People fight back in court, challenging the taking of their homes for other…

In Their Own Words: Bureaucrats and developers come clean on eminent domain

October 2002 In Their Own Words: Bureaucrats and developers come clean on eminent domain As IJ prepares our forthcoming report detailing abuses of eminent domain nationwide, we’ve noticed a startling consistency among the bureaucrats trampling on property rights and the private developers and companies benefiting from the practice: a blatant disregard for the lives they…

IJ Arizona Chapter & Castle Coalition Score Victory For Property Rights

October 2002 IJ Arizona Chapter & Castle Coalition Score Victory For Property Rights Arizona’s usually sunny sky was threatening rain just hours before Scottsdale’s City Council would vote whether to remove the threat of condemnation from hundreds of local businesses. Defying the clouds, members of the Castle Coalition marched toward City Hall to rally against…

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