About IJ: Our Mission
Institute Profile: Who We Are
Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice is what a civil liberties law firm should be. As the national law firm for liberty, we stick to a clear mission engaging in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government. Our four pillars of litigation are private property, economic liberty, free speech and school choice. Simply put, we seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.
The Institute for Justice is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-deductible.
More About IJ:
Wall Street Journal Weekend Interview with Chip Mellor
The Quest For Justice - the Inaugural Speech Launching the Institute for Justice
The IJ Way - While so many factors contribute to our success—the talents of the people involved, the commitment of our donors, and the pursuit of a strategic litigation plan—nothing is more central to our success than the culture of IJ, which determines the way we do business.
Litigating for Liberty: The Institute for Justice's Chip Mellor on campaign-finance reform, eminent-domain abuse, and licensing laws gone wild - an Interview with Chip Mellor by Reason Magazine's Nick Gillespie.
|Our Record of Success|
- 181 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)
- 70 percent victory rate (through litigation and legislation)
- In 2013 alone, won 14 cases, filed 15 new ones, and litigated 22 others.
- 47 states protected property rights from eminent domain through legislative reform or state supreme court rulings after sole U.S. Supreme Court loss in Kelo v. City of New London
- Over 16,000 homes and businesses saved since Kelo
- First favorable U.S. appeals court ruling for economic liberty since the New Deal
- More than 200,000 children nationwide benefiting from school choice
- 35 national awards for our media relations work, publications, and production
- Strategic research cited by U.S. Supreme Court and Indiana Supreme Court; used in six IJ briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, three successful cert. petitions, and 13 articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals; also cited in 57 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
IJ Overview Video from the Giving Library