The Institute for Justice records regular podcasts featuring interviews with both IJ clients and attorneys. We discuss the principles we fight for as we advance a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.
Chip Mellor on entrepreneurship, the early beginnings of IJ, and the fight for the American dream
IJ president and co-founder Chip Mellor discusses the Institute’s early history and how IJ became the national law firm for liberty.
Guests: IJ President and General Counsel, Chip Mellor
Host: Shira Rawlinson
Date: Dec 2012
Fighting for educational reform against the teachers unions
Across the country, school choice programs are giving parents--not bureaucrats--control over a child’s education. But these programs have come under attack by teachers’ unions and their allies who seek to protect their self-interests over real K-12 education reform. IJ senior attorneys and school-choice experts Dick Komer and Bert Gall discuss the history of school choice programs and how these programs are changing the lives of families across the nation.
Guests: IJ Attorneys Dick Komer and Bert Gall
Host: Shira Rawlinson
Date: Aug 2012
Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture
Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the United States today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, or cash and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets —all without charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty in a court of law, with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with or convicted of a crime to lose homes, cars, cash or other property.
Guests: IJ Attorney Scott Bullock and Director of Strategic Research Lisa Knepper Host: Shira Rawlinson Length:24:16 Date: Aug 2012
The New Deal’s War on Economic Liberty and Limited Government.
During the New Deal, the U.S. Supreme Court largely abandoned its role as an independent check on government power in the economic sphere by refusing to enforce constitutional limits on federal power and inventing a rubber stamp standard of review called the "rational basis” test. This abdication of judicial responsibility has enabled legislators to run roughshod over economic liberties and property rights ever since. IJ senior attorneys Clark Neily and Jeff Rowes talk about the Supreme Court decisions that unleashed government power during the New Deal.
Mutual Consent: How the Individual Mandate Runs Counter to the History of Contracts in America
Historically, contracts are only valid and enforceable if there is voluntary, mutual consent. Contracts entered under duress are void. At the end of March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide if the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The Institute for Justice recently submitted an amicus brief to the Court urging the Court to strike down the individual mandate and keep contracts truly voluntary. IJ's Elizabeth Price Foley and Steve Simpson sit down to discuss the history of contracts and the unique insights offered by IJ’s brief.