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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Libertarian litigators: The Institute for Justice

Just laying some ground work here for what will be a more detailed post on IJ. They are a Virginia-based organization that litigates for liberty. A summary directly from their website suggests that they have been doing some good work since their founding in 1991.
  • 149 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)
  • 71 percent victory rate (through litigation, legislation, and settlement)
  • In 2011 alone, filed 21 new cases, won 18, and litigated 10 other ongoing cases
  • First favorable U.S. appeals court ruling for economic liberty since the New Deal
  • 16,311 homes and businesses saved since U.S. Supreme Court loss in Kelo v. City of New London
  • 46 states and eight supreme Courts have explicitly rejected the Kelo ruling
  • More than 200,000 children nationwide benefiting from school choice
  • 20 national awards for our media relations work, publications, and production
  • Strategic research cited by U.S. Supreme Court (Freedom Club PAC) and Indiana Supreme Court; used in six IJ briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, three successful cert. petitions (including the landmark Citizens United ruling and Freedom Club PAC), and 11 articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals; also cited in 37 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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