Scott Bullock, Diana Simpson, and Jennifer McDonald discussed what research reveals about fines, fees, and forfeitures--and what IJ is doing to change the law on these issues. The team also spoke about the most important battles happening on the ground today and our plans for the coming months.
IJ supporters joined Scott Bullock, Patrick Jaicomo, and Anya Bidwell to reflect on the Brownback v. King argument and to discuss the future of IJ’s Project on Immunity and Accountability during these times of unrest and uncertainty.
IJ supporters joined Scott Bullock, Dana Berliner, and Robert McNamara to reflect on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2019-2020 term, including a landmark IJ victory for educational choice: a 5-4 decision that will empower families to choose the right school for their needs. The team also discussed other notable decisions this term—as well as cases the Court declined to take—and how those cases will impact the broader fight for liberty. The panel closed the call by previewing IJ’s upcoming case before the Court on government immunity and accountability.
Scott Bullock, Robert McNamara, and Justin Wilson discussed how IJ came to be involved in issues of government immunity and the ways that it intersects with the work we have been doing for years. They also talked about what the Project on Immunity and Accountability entails and how it presents a new avenue of growth and opportunity in the fight to advance individual liberty.
IJ is heading back to the U.S. Supreme Court this winter to strike at the heart of the biggest remaining legal obstacle impeding educational choice: state Blaine Amendments. Our case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, is a vindication of nearly 30 years of litigation by IJ to secure educational choice—and of our long-term strategy for bringing about monumental legal change. Scott Bullock, Bert Gall, and Tim Keller discussed how IJ has carefully laid the legal foundation for ultimate victory at the nation’s highest court. This landmark case has the potential not only to restore educational freedom in Montana, but also to unleash educational opportunities in more than a dozen states where Blaine provisions prevent choice programs altogether.
IJ President and General Counsel, Scott Bullock, and attorneys Dana Berliner, Michael Bindas, and Sam Gedge reflected on the 2018-2019 term at the U.S. Supreme Court, including IJ’s two victories this year: a landmark, unanimous ruling on behalf of forfeiture victim Tyson Timbs; and a 7-2 decision defending the right of Doug and Mary Ketchum to earn an honest living. They shared behind-the-scenes details on where these clients are today and IJ’s plans to leverage these victories in the months ahead to transform both the law and the lives of everyday Americans.
Dallas Partners Club members were invited to join IJ President and General Counsel Scott Bullock and IJ clients Anthonia Nwaorie and Eh Wah for a revealing look at one of the gravest abuses of power in the country, civil asset forfeiture. Partners heard first-hand how these innocent travelers lost thousands of dollars to cash-hungry officials, and about the legal battle to protect their rights—and all Americans.
IJ President and General Counsel Scott Bullock, Senior Attorney Wesley Hottot, and Attorney Sam Gedge reflected on the argument and elaborated on IJ's future efforts to end abusive fines, fees, and forfeitures.
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.