The Institute for Justice is the National Law Firm for Liberty.
IJ litigates to limit the size and scope of government power and to ensure that all Americans have the right to control their own destinies as free and responsible members of society.
Since 1991, IJ has come to the aid of individuals who want to do the simple things every American has the right to do—including own property, start and grow a business, speak freely about commerce or politics, and provide their children with a good education—but can’t because they find the government in their way.
The Institute for Justice combines cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated media relations, strategic research, boots-on-the-ground advocacy, legislative outreach and much more to fight on behalf of those individuals who are denied their constitutional rights. Despite the challenge of taking on powerful government officials and entrenched precedents, IJ is successful in winning over 70 percent of its cases in the court of law, in the court of public opinion or through legislative reforms.
IJ has litigated over 300 cases, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. We have lost only one case in the Supreme Court, Kelo v. New London, which we went on to win in the court of public opinion.
Additionally, since its founding, the Institute for Justice has been an excellent steward of the resources entrusted to it by donors across the nation. That is why IJ has earned Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating every year since 2001, which puts the Institute for Justice in the highest one percentile of the more than 9,000 nonprofits ranked each year by Charity Navigator.
IJ’s headquarters are in Arlington, Va., and its five state offices are located strategically across the nation in Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Arizona and Washington state. Along with these offices, IJ’s Clinic on Entrepreneurship is located at the University of Chicago Law School. With these locations, IJ mobilizes quickly to advance its mission throughout America.