With the opening of its first state office in August 2001, the Institute for Justice proudly announced that Arizona’s new freedom cavalry had arrived. In its nearly fifteen years of defending liberty, IJ-AZ has launched over 25 cases and has secured victories in all of IJ’s four litigation pillars: protection of private property, First Amendment rights, school choice and the right to earn an honest living. IJ-AZ has won two major U.S. Supreme Court cases, successfully defending Arizona’s individual tax-credit scholarship program and persuading the Supreme Court to strike down Arizona’s punitive system of taxpayer-financed campaigns.
IJ-AZ’s first lawsuit protected a family-owned brake shop from being taken by the city of Mesa for the purely private benefit of a developer who wanted the land for a hardware store. IJ-AZ saved the brake shop, won a landmark legal precedent protecting Arizonans from eminent domain abuse and set the stage for the passage of the Arizona Private Property Rights Protection Act.
IJ-AZ’s efforts have also protected people’s right to earn an honest living, free from arbitrary government regulations, and made Arizona a freer place for entrepreneurs and consumers. Natural hair braiders, eyebrow threaders and small-scale landscapers and gardeners are now all free to practice their trades without unnecessary credentialing and licensing.
In addition to its legal victories, IJ’s Arizona office has had tremendous success in the court of public opinion. The saga of San Tan Flat’s fight against the dance police received national print, radio and TV coverage. And when established pest control companies tried to use the Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission to pick on a teenage entrepreneur and protect their own monopoly from competition, IJ-AZ fought back and dominated the media headlines for weeks. Not only did the Commission buckle under the weight of public opinion, the state of Arizona abolished the Commission entirely.
IJ-AZ’s staff of talented attorneys, along with a network of volunteer lawyers and like-minded policy organizations, continues to protect the legacy of liberty in the Grand Canyon State.
Directions to IJ-Arizona Office
The Institute for Justice Arizona office is located on the 3rd Floor of the Casa Loma building located on the Northwest corner of 4th St. & Mill Avenue in Tempe.
398 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
To determine a door-to-door route to IJ Arizona State office, visit Google Maps and enter your starting address.
Phone: (480) 557-8300
Fax: (480) 557-8305
Law Student Clerkships
To apply for semester clerkships in our Arizona office, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in applying for a summer clerkship please visit our Students page.
Guest Speaker Information
If you would like to invite an Institute for Justice attorney to a debate or to speak to your group. please email email@example.com. To see if there are any events near you, go to our Speakers & Events page.