Who We Are
Champions for a Free and Just America
IJ is the national civil liberties law firm that represents everyday people—free of charge—when the government violates their most important constitutional rights.
We focus on the areas of the law that provide the foundation for a free society, and we win nearly three out of every four cases we file despite the challenges inherent in litigating against the government.
What We've Done
Argued at the U.S. Supreme Court 10 times, with 8 victories
Returned $19 million in wrongfully seized assets
Curtailed government abuse and expanded individual liberty through 200 legislative reforms
Saved 20,000 homes and businesses from eminent domain abuse
Defended educational choice programs that have awarded more than 3 million scholarships
Rolled back regulations in 39 distinct occupations
Earned citations of our strategic research by the U.S. Supreme Court and over 300 legal, scholarly, and policy articles
Won 58 national awards for outstanding communications and media relations
How We Do It
Each case IJ files is crafted to set a precedent that will protect the rights of countless others like our clients. By building up hundreds of victories over our three decades, IJ is changing the law and enabling ever more Americans to pursue their dreams. But we know that success in court alone is not enough.
So we engage in legislative advocacy and grassroots activism, author original research, deploy award-winning communications, and operate a clinic for low-income entrepreneurs and a center of scholarship and debate on the proper role of the judiciary. Together, these activities are changing the law and the real-world experience of individuals across the country.