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Institute for Justice
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President:Chip Mellor
Year created:1991

The Institute for Justice is a non-profit libertarian public interest law firm. Their mission is "litigating for liberty." Their mission statement says, "Through strategic litigation, training, communication, activism and research, the Institute for Justice 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."[1]


The Institute was founded in 1991 by Chip Mellor and Clint Bolick.

The Institute has been involved in numerous high-profile cases. Particularly noteworthy cases include school choice lawsuits in Cleveland, Milwaukee, Arizona, and Florida. They have also been closely involved in a pair of important eminent domain lawsuits, including Coking vs. C.R.D.A, in which they defended the right of Vera Coking to stay in her home despite the intent of Donald Trump to use her land for a parking lot, and the landmark eminent domain lawsuit of Kelo v. City of New London, winning the former and losing the latter. They were also involved with the interstate wine sales case of Granholm v. Heald/Swedenburg v. Kelly.[2]


The Institute is led by President Chip Mellor.[3]


The Institute for Justice focuses on Four Pillars:

  • Economic liberty[4]
  • Private property[5]
  • School choice[6]
  • First Amendment[7]

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