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July 22, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Council action would open new era for taxis, ride-sharing in Milwaukee
Milwaukee is poised to enter a new era of public passenger transportation ...   More

July 21, 2014
Huffington Post
City Rules Lure, Push Away Food Truck Flavors
In Los Angeles, food trucks are heralded as "the new incubators of culinary innovation" ...   More

July 18, 2014
9th Circuit Avoids Reviewing WA's Unconstitional Recall Contribution Limits
Bill Maurer, executive director of Washington's Institute for Justice, joins host David Boze to talk about the ruling.   More

July 14, 2014
LI police departments boost coffers through asset forfeiture
Long Island's two county police departments ended last year with more than $31 million in their coffers from cash and property taken through the use of asset forfeiture ...   More

July 11, 2014
The Orange County Register
D.C. could use a guide to First Amendment
A couple of months ago, these pages related the story of Tonia Edwards and Bill Main ...   More

July 10, 2014
Arkansas Times
Arkansas requires cosmetology licenses for hair braiders and bans dental specialists from doing basic dental work
The Institute for Justice is challenging the state regulations in court ...   More

July 9, 2014
Shepherd Express
Inside the City’s Taxicab Wars
A big court case and new technology force industry change ...   More

July 7, 2014
Washington Post
A test for city tour guide regulations: What does the First Amendment protect?
The timing couldn't have been more appropriate ...   More

July 7, 2014
Fox News
A term of engagement: Supreme Court proves real judging is nothing to fear
An unusually good year for individual rights ...   More

July 7, 2014
The Economist
Red tape blues
Small businesses fret less about taxes than over-regulation ...   More

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Food Trucks and Carts Are Just as Clean as Restaurants

Research compares food-safety inspection scores of food trucks, food carts and restaurants in seven major American cities—and finds that street eats are safe eats. www.ij.org/vending.

Freedom Flix

The Institute for Justice is always looking for new ways to promote the message of freedom. To that end, IJ produced the following videos in-house to tell the stories of our clients and their fight for individual liberty.

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 The Fight for Braiding Freedom (5:35)
Since the advent of hair braiding more than 5,000 years ago, it has been a simple and safe practice that government has no business regulating. African-style hair braiding uses no dyes or chemicals, and it is safe for braiders to perform.
 Licensed Dentist Attacked for Charging Too Little (2:23)
When is it illegal for a licensed dentist in Arkansas to clean teeth? When he also happens to be a licensed orthodontist.
 Gov't grabs elderly man's home; won't give reason (4:10)
New Jersey’s CRDA is trying to use eminent domain to seize Charlie Birnbaum's property as part of a “mixed-use development” project. The trouble is that CRDA has no concrete plans to do anything in particular with it.
 Gov't to Citizens: Want Free Speech? Take a number. (1:15)
Can the gov't pass a law saying that only the first 12 people to vote in an election get to vote for every office, or that only the first 12 people who arrive at church get to stay for the entire sermon?
 Ariz. Supreme Court Declares Edu. Choice Program Constitutional (2:04)
The Arizona Supreme Court announced today that it will not review a unanimous Court of Appeals' decision that declared Arizona's Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program passes constitutional muster.

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The National Law Firm for Liberty

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—Columnist George F. Will

Institute Profile: Who We Are

IJ's Merry Band of Litigators

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice is what a civil liberties law firm should be. As the national law firm for liberty, we stick to a clear mission engaging in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government.  Our four pillars of litigation are private property, economic liberty, free speech and school choice. Simply put, we seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.

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More About IJ:

Wall Street Journal Weekend Interview with Chip Mellor

The Quest For Justice - the Inaugural Speech Launching the Institute for Justice

The IJ Way - While so many factors contribute to our success—the talents of the people involved, the commitment of our donors, and the pursuit of a strategic litigation plan—nothing is more central to our success than the culture of IJ, which determines the way we do business.

Litigating for Liberty: The Institute for Justice's Chip Mellor on campaign-finance reform, eminent-domain abuse, and licensing laws gone wild - an Interview with Chip Mellor by Reason Magazine's Nick Gillespie.

Our Record of Success


- 181 cases litigated in four core mission areas:  economic liberty, property rights, political and commercial speech, and school choice

5 U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2002 (four victories)

70 percent victory rate (through litigation and legislation)

In 2013 alone, won 14 cases, filed 15 new ones, and litigated 22 others.

47 states protected property rights from eminent domain through legislative reform or state supreme court rulings after sole U.S. Supreme Court loss in Kelo v. City of New London 

Over 16,000 homes and businesses saved since Kelo

First favorable U.S. appeals court ruling for economic liberty since the New Deal

More than 200,000 children nationwide benefiting from school choice

35 national awards for our media relations work, publications, and production

Strategic research cited by U.S. Supreme Court and Indiana Supreme Court; used in six IJ briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, three successful cert. petitions, and 13 articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals; also cited in 57 articles by other authors in law, public policy, and scholarly journals

Only law school clinic in the nation focusing exclusively on assisting low-income entrepreneurs start exclusively private-sector businesses





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