Today, more Americans than ever must get a government permission slip before they can earn an honest living, thanks to the spread of occupational licensing laws. Partners Club members are invited to join IJ’s Director of Strategic Research Lisa Knepper and IJ’s Vice President for External Relations Melanie Hildreth to discuss the second edition of IJ’s pathbreaking License to Work report, and the critical role that IJ plays in preventing and upending irrational and burdensome state licensing laws.
IJ’s track record defending the free speech rights protected by the First Amendment includes 55 lawsuits and a 71 percent victory rate, including a U.S. Supreme Court victory and six major decisions from federal appellate courts. Our litigation ensures that speakers and listeners can determine the value of speech—rather than the government. Partners Club members are invited to join IJ Senior Attorney Paul Sherman and IJ Attorney Greg Reed to discuss the critical role that IJ plays in protecting and advancing free speech.
Partners Club members are invited to join IJ Managing Attorney Tim Keller and Vice President for External Relations Melanie Hildreth to discuss the critical role that IJ plays in protecting and advancing educational choice. Melanie and Tim will break down IJ’s unique school choice litigation strategy, preview some of the exciting developments we expect to see in 2017, and answer questions from Partners live during the call.
Partners Club members were invited to join IJ staff, clients, and renowned guest speakers in New York City to celebrate IJ's first 25 years of litigating for liberty and learn more about our plans to build on our success in the years to come.
IJ President and General Counsel Scott Bullock and Senior Vice President and Litigation Director Dana Berliner discussed the changing legal and political landscape and how it will impact IJ’s ability to pursue our mission. Moderated by Short Circuit editor John Ross, Scott and Dana highlighted the specific challenges and opportunities IJ will face in the coming months and years, and answered questions from Partners.
IJ’s new President and General Counsel, Scott Bullock, discussed his 25 years at the Institute for Justice and shared his vision for what the future holds for the National Law Firm for Liberty. Scott also provided an inside look at how IJ has grown and changed during his tenure and responded to questions from Partners.
Chicago area Partners joined IJ for a special reception prior to South Side Pitch, an annual contest hosted by IJ’s Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago. Partners met current and former IJ Clinic clients at the reception and had front-row seats to watch aspiring entrepreneurs from Chicago’s South Side pitch judges and audience members on their business idea. Winners received prize packages designed to help them make their entrepreneurial dream a reality.
IJ Director of Activism and Coalitions Christina Walsh took Partners to the front lines of the fight for liberty. Joined by food truck entrepreneur and activist Che Ruddell-Tabisola, Christina provided an inside look at how IJ empowers entrepreneurs, property owners, parents, and community leaders across the nation to take on City Hall—and win. Che and Christina also offered tips for effectively defending liberty in your own backyard.
IJ Senior Attorney Bob McNamara discussed one of liberty’s toughest courtroom foes—the rational basis test—and offered an in-depth look at IJ’s strategy to overcome it. Joining him was IJ client and animal massage entrepreneur Mercedes Clemens, whose case illustrates how IJ’s unique approach plays out in real life.
IJ’s most recent Partners Retreat was held in Palm Beach, FL at the Eau Resort & Spa. Nearly 200 attendees, including two dozen IJ clients, participated in a full day of exciting and creative presentations that delved into all dimensions of IJ’s work. Nationally acclaimed speakers included Dave Barry, John Stossell, Glenn Reynolds, Megan McArdle and Charles Murray
IJ President and General Counsel Chip Mellor discussed IJ’s accomplishments as we ended the 2014 Fiscal Year and previewed an exciting period of growth for the Institute.