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Liberty & Law IJ's Bimonthly Newsletter (April 2011)

Liberty & Law IJ's Bimonthly Newsletter (April 2011)

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Liberty & Law is published bimonthly by the Institute for Justice, which, through strategic litigation, training, communication, activism and research, advances a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society. IJ litigates to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties, and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government. In addition, IJ trains law students, lawyers and policy activists in the tactics of public interest litigation.

Through these activities, IJ challenges the ideology of the welfare state and illustrates and extends the benefits of freedom to those whose full enjoyment of liberty is denied by government

Editor: John E. Kramer
Layout & Design: Don Wilson
Liberty & Law is published bimonthly by the Institute for Justice, which, through strategic litigation, training, communication, activism and research, advances a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society. IJ litigates to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties, and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government. In addition, IJ trains law students, lawyers and policy activists in the tactics of public interest litigation.

Through these activities, IJ challenges the ideology of the welfare state and illustrates and extends the benefits of freedom to those whose full enjoyment of liberty is denied by government

Editor: John E. Kramer
Layout & Design: Don Wilson

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Volume 20 Issue 2
Board ChairmanLooks Back onIJ’s 20 Years
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Robert Wilson Issues$10 MillionChallenge Grant
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IJ Client in
USA Today 
:Compensate BoneMarrow Donors
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Communications TeamStays on the Cutting Edge
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Published Bimonthly by theInstitute for Justicevisit us online:
www.ij.org 
Inside This Issue
By Matt Miller
You’veprobablyheardalotofpositivebuzzaboutstreetvendinglately.Vendorsarethedarlingofmanyfoodcritics,andtheynowhavetheirownrealitytelevisionshow.Consumerslovethecombi-nationofeclecticmenusandlowprices.Buddingentrepreneurslovethelowcostofentryandthechancetostartabusinessfromscratch.Andsomecities,likeAustinwithitsrecent“GypsyPicnic,”havebeguntoembracevendorsforthelifeandvitalitytheybringtothelocaldiningscene.Unfortunately,inmanyothercities,vendorsarebeingforcedtofightfortheirveryexistence.NowhereisthistruerthaninElPaso,Texas,wherethecityhasbannedvendorsfromoperatingwithin1,000feetofanyrestaurant,grocerorconveniencestore.Ifyouimaginecircleswitha1,000-footradiusdrawnaroundeverysinglebusinessthatsellsfoodinElPaso,youwillquicklyseehowonerousthisrestrictionis.IthasessentiallyturnedElPasointoaNo-VendingZone.Thisnewrestrictionhasabsolutelynothingtodowithprotectingpublichealthorsafety.Itisatransparentattemptto“protect”brick-and-mortarrestaurantsfromcompetitionbyforcingvendorsoutofbusiness.Notably,theheadoftheElPasorestau-rantassociationandrepresentativesofotherbrick-and-mortarrestaurantsservedontheadvisoryboardthatassistedthecityindraftingthenewlaw.Thenotionthatrestaurants—whichenjoynumer-ousadvantagesoverstreetvendors,suchastheabil-itytoseatandservemorecustomers,greaterstor-agespace,andfullon-sitekitchens—cannotsurvivecompetitionfromstreetvendorswithoutgovernmentassistanceissilly.Thegovernmentshouldn’tbein
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By David B. Kennedy 
TwentyyearsagothisSeptember—aftermanyyearsofthought-filledandcarefulpreparation—theInstituteforJusticewaslaunchedinWashington,D.C.Throughhardworkandadherencetoprinciple,IJhasgrownintoanorganizationthatcon-sistentlymovesthenationtowardgreaterrespectforconstitutionalrightsandindi-vidualliberty.WhatisthesecrettotheInstitute’ssuccess?Ithasjustbeenamatteroftirelesshardworkbyawonderfulgroupoftalentedpeople,operatingwithenormousgoodwill,allthewhileadheringcloselytoIJ’sfoundingmission.Butthatmissionisoftheutmostimportance.IJremainsonmissionto
protectproperty rights
.Twentyyearsago,prop-ertyownersfacedtheever-presentthreatofeminentdomainabuse,unquestionedregulatoryrestrictionsontheirlandandunchallengedpolicingforprofitintheguiseofcivilforfeiture.Twentyyearslater,IJhelpedtransformthelegallandscape(evenaftertheinfamous
Kelo 
ruling)byhelpingtochangethelawin43statestooffermorerobustprotectionfromeminentdomainabusewhereoncetherehadbeenlittleornone.IJteamedupwithlegendarylawprofessorRichardEpsteintofileaseriesofamicusbriefswiththeU.S.SupremeCourt,therebyreininginregulatorytakings.IJisnowhardatworkchallengingcivilforfeiturethroughlitigation,researchandadvocacyinthecourtofpublicopinion.IJremainsonmissionto
expd eco-omic liberty 
.WhenIJopeneditsdoors,regulatorsandpoliticallypowerfulcartelsoperatingbelowtheradarharassedwould-beentrepreneurstothepointofexhaustioninthenameofprotectingthepublic,whilereallyonlyprotectingexistingserviceprovid-ersfromcompetition.Twentyyearslater,thanksinlargeparttoIJ’swork,thecourts,themediaandthepublicareshowinglittletoleranceforsuchgood-old-boynetworks.Today,economiclibertyisontheriseandeconomicprotectionismisinretreat.IJremainsonmissionto
defedschool choice
.In1991,fewhadeverevenheardtheideaofschoolchoiceand,althoughitwasintuitivelyacoreAmericanvalue,fewgavemuchthoughttotheideathatparentsshouldorcoulddirecttheedu-cationoftheirchildren.AndsoIJwenttoworkputtingthatissue,too,inthenation’sconsciousness,litigatingallthewayuptotheU.S.SupremeCourt,puttingahumanfaceontheissue,andwinning.BecauseoftheeffortsoftheInstituteforJustice,todayschoolchoiceisarealityfortensofthou-sandsofkidsacrossthenation.ThroughIJ-advocatedschoolchoiceprograms,thesekidsaregettingafarbettereducationtodaythananyonecouldhavedreamedof20yearsago.IJremainsonmissionto
vidictefree speech
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andresponsibleindividuals—decidedwhatinformationthepublicneededtohear.ButthankstooneIJcaseafteranother,thelawofthelandhaschangedandAmericanstodayarefreertospeakandbeheardthantheywere20yearsago.ThankstoIJ,individualcitizensmaymoreeasilyadvocatefortheelectionordefeatofapoliticalcandidatewithoutfirsthav-ingtogetthegovernment’spermission.Small-businessownersfacefewerbarrierswhentheycommunicatewiththeircustomers.FreespeechisexpandingbecauseofIJ’smerrybandoflibertarianlitigators.OneofthereasonsIJhasremainedsosuccessfulisthattheyhavethesophistication,confidenceandvisiontounderstandthattheyarenotinthebusinessoftryingtorightallthewrongsofthisworld.IJhascarefullychosenfourareasoflitigationthatconstitutethecoreoftheAmericanDream—therighttoownapieceofpropertyandcallityours,therighttopursueanhonestlivingintheoccupationofyourchoice,therighttodirecttheeduca-tionofyourchildrenandtherighttospeakfreelyonanysubjectwithouthavingtogetthegovernment’spermission.WehavebroughttobearallthetalentandpassionindividualscanmustertomakethatdreamarealityforasmanyAmericansaspossible.IJdoesn’tseektoplowwell-cultivatedlegalfields.Rather,itseekstoplanttheseedsoforder,reasonandjusticeinthefallowfieldsoflawwherelibertymustflourish.Tothatend,theInstituteforJusticerecentlylauncheditsCenterforJudicialEngagementasameansofengagingthecourtsandconvincingthemthattheyhaveavitalconstitutionalroletoplayifwearetoliveinanationoflimitedgovernment.IJhasachievedthatwithindividualcourtsovertheyears.ThroughthenewCenter,wehaveeveryintentionofmakingthesechangessystemic.IJ’scapabilitiesmayhavegrownanditsstaffmayhaveexpanded,butourmissionhasneverwavered.Trueeffectiveness,likethatdemonstratedbytheInstituteforJusticeoverthepast20years,demandsthedisciplinedadherencetomissionthatisanIJhallmark.
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Aswereflectonthe20-yearhistoryoftheInstituteforJustice,certainachievementsandeventshavelaidastrongfoundationforIJ’sfuturesuccess.Oneofthemostexcitingwasthe$5-millionchallengegrantissuedbyRobertWilsonin2008.Withthegener-osityofmanyotherIJsupporters,wemetthatchallenge.Bobwassopleasedwiththeenthusiasmofourdonorsandwhatweaccomplishedwiththatfirstgrantthathehasissuedanewchallengegrantof
$10million
.Asbefore,Bobwillprovide$1forevery$2ofneworincreasedsupportof$5,000ormore.Fordetails,pleasecontactIJ’sVicePresidentforDevelopmentBethStevensatbstevens@ij.org.Throughthisnewchallenge,IJwillcontinuetogrowintoanationalforceforliberty,securingconstitutionallimitsongovern-mentpoweratatimewhenthathasneverbeenmoreimportant.IJhasdevelopedtheseasonedmanagementandprofessionalstaffthat,alongwithourtime-testedstrategy,ensurewearewell-equippedtomakethemostofsuchgenerosity.WeintendfortheInstituteforJusticetobecomeahouse-holdnamesothatwhencoreAmericanvaluesofpropertyrights,economicliberty,schoolchoiceandfreespeechareunderassaultandsomeoneasks,“Whocanwecall?”thereisoneobvi-ousanswer:“TheInstituteforJustice!”
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Chip Mellor
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“Bob will provide $1 for every $2 of new orincresed support of $5,000 or more.”
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Robert WilsoDoublesDowfor Liberty 
$10,000,000IJ Chllenge Grnt

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