A Century of Government Trespassing: The Open Fields Doctrine at 100

  • Arlington,  VA
  • May 10, 2024

2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the “open fields doctrine,” the judge-made exception to the Fourth Amendment. With it government officials, including the police, can trespass on 96% of private land in the United States without committing a “search.” To observe the first 100 years of the “open fields doctrine” and the possibility that the next 100 years will be different, IJ invites you to a conference examining the history of the doctrine and its future.

IJ’s Annual Law Student Conference

  • Arlington,  VA
  • June 2, 2023

The Institute for Justice (IJ) is pleased to offer our acclaimed Law Student Conference again this year.  The Law Student Conference is an annual tradition of nearly thirty years, drawing law students from across the country (as well as our summer Dave Kennedy Fellows) to our headquarters in Arlington, Virginia for an immersive weekend experience to learn about IJ and public interest law. This event teaches what law school often does not – how to find and litigate public interest cases in the real world. We’ll share our public interest strategies, our current areas of litigation, and how we put together a case from start to finish. And most importantly, our clients will share their stories and explain what it means to team up with IJ and fight against government abuse.

Featured past events

100 Years of Unenumerated Freedoms: Meyer v. Nebraska at a Century

On March 31, 2023 the Center for Judicial Engagement at the Institute for Justice brought together a number of scholars to celebrate the centenary of this monumental moment for liberty and the foundation for so much in the years that followed. 

Short Circuit Live in New York City

On October 26, 2022, Short Circuit held a live show at the Mezzanine in the Financial District in New York City. IJ attorney Patrick Jaicomo hosted a discussion with three former Second Circuit clerks, Maaren Shah, Bruce Green, and Alex Reinert.

Past events