I am IJ: 20 Years of Litigating for Liberty
In just 20 years the Institute for Justice has become a force for freedom across the country.
With offices in seven states, a staff of 65 (including 33 lawyers), and a budget of $13 million, we are the nation’s only libertarian public interest law firm. Every day, we achieve tangible results for liberty on behalf of our clients and countless others like them.
Our record of success and impact includes the following:
- 136 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, legislation, and settlement for all of IJ’s cases)
- 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 ruling in Kelo v. City of New London (our only loss before the High Court)
- 44 states and eight supreme Courts explicitly rejecting the Kelo ruling thanks to our activism and legislative counseling
- 887,000 children nationwide benefiting from school choice
- 18 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 11 articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals
- Only law school clinic in the nation focusing exclusively on assisting low-income entrepreneurs who want to start private-sector businesses
- Named one of Washingtonian magazine’s 50 “Great Places to Work”
All this is on top of our stellar fiscal responsibility. In 2011, for the tenth consecutive year, the Institute for Justice earned Charity Navigator’s coveted “4-star” rating. Charity Navigator’s rating system measures two broad areas of a charity’s financial health: “how responsibly it functions day-to-day and how well positioned it is to sustain its programs over time.” Of more than 5,500 nonprofits rated nationwide, well less than one percent are included in this elite ten-years-running group.
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