October 2009, Volume 18, Number 5

Victory for Maryland Massage Entrepreneur

IJ’s campaign to protect economic liberty took us across the Potomac to Maryland where two powerful licensing boards tried to stop an entrepreneur from pursuing a harmless occupation.  This battle culminated in a July court victory, which both got our client back in business and marked a meaningful step forward in defending the right to…

Freedom Shines for Florida Interior Designers

IJ has more good news to share on our campaign to stop the cartelization of the interior design industry. Just weeks after taking down Connecticut’s interior design law, we struck another blow for liberty by securing a preliminary injunction in our challenge to an even more sweeping law in Florida. As a result, the state…

Free Speech Blockbuster at the U.S. Supreme Court

On September 9, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a blockbuster case that could bring a major victory for First Amendment rights over so-called campaign finance reform. The argument came about because in June the Court ordered a second argument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the “Hillary: The Movie” case. The Court wanted to…

Law Student Conference Inspires & Informs

This summer, the Institute for Justice continued its work to train the next generation of advocates for freedom. In July, IJ welcomed 30 law students representing 19 law schools at its 18th annual Law Student Conference, held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Joining IJ summer clerks and interns from our headquarters and state…

IJ Appeals Two Cases to U.S. Supreme Court

IJ never gives up. Whenever we launch a case, we are committed to pursuing it to the very end. Such tenacity has taken us to the U.S. Supreme Court three times in recent years and to various state supreme courts. In this spirit, we are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take two cases we…

IJ Amicus Brief Urges High Court to Reign in “Policing for Profit”

In August, the Institute for Justice filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Alvarez v. Smith to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to help protect against “policing for profit.” IJ asked the Court to hold that the government cannot seize and keep property for months, even years, without ever justifying its actions to a neutral court. The…

Join the Fight for Freedom: Join IJ’s Human Action Network

Help us change the world and have fun doing it! Join the Human Action Network, the Institute for Justice’s nationwide grassroots activism project. Originally serving as a portal for IJ-trained lawyers to learn about pro bono litigation opportunities, HAN now welcomes any and all activists who want to make a difference in their communities in…

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Looking for a rewarding and consistent way to support IJ’s work? Consider joining our Merry Band of Monthly Donors. Monthly giving is: • Simple and convenient • Cost-effective • Essential to IJ’s long-term success Here at IJ, we work to change the world through long-term strategic litigation, communications, activism and research. Monthly givers allow us…

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