(NN&V Staff) – This year, the Institute for Justice (IJ) celebrates its twentieth year of litigating for liberty. The public interest law firm has been at the forefront many fights over the last two decades to reduce the size and scope of government power and expand individual liberty. Every day, the Institute for Justice achieves tangible results for liberty on behalf of its clients and U.S. citizens, and in so doing, has become a force for freedom across the country.
IJ has an impressive record of success, including
- 136 cases litigated to protect economic liberty, property rights, political and commercial speech, and school choice
- 5 U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2002 (four victories in court and one—the Kelo case (the eminent domain issue in New London, Connecticut)—is considered a victory in the court of public opinion)
- 70% victory rate (through litigation, legislation and settlement)
- 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 Kelo ruling
- 44 states and eight Supreme Courts explicitly rejecting the Kelo ruling thanks to IJ’s activism and legislative counseling
- 887,000 children nationwide benefiting from school choice
- 18 national awards for our media relations work, publications and productions
In addition, IJ’s strategic research has been cited by U.S. Supreme Court and Indiana Supreme Court and used in six Institute for Justice briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, three successful cert. petitions and 11 articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
The Institute for Justice operates the only law school clinic in the nation focusing exclusively on assisting low-income entrepreneurs who want to start private-sector businesses.
In 2011, for the tenth consecutive year, IJ earned Charity Navigator’s coveted “4-star” rating. Charity Navigator’s rating system measures two broad areas of a charity’s financial health: fiscal responsibility in day-to-day functions and long-term program sustainability. Of more than 5,500 nonprofits rated nationwide, fewer than one percent of the charities have achieved this ranking for ten years.