Hear about the cases, issues, and tactics advancing IJ’s fight from freedom—directly from the people on the front lines. Deep Dive with the Institute for Justice explores the legal theories, strategies, and methods IJ uses to bring about real world change, giving listeners and inside look at how—and why—we do what we do.
Can the Government Require Warning Labels for Veggie Burgers?
In 2020, debates about veggie burgers and almond milk may sound like small potatoes. But controversies about how the government can regulate the way that companies talk about these foods and other products actually have important implications for free speech. In this episode of Deep Dive, we talk about what the debate is, and why it matters.
Law for Non-Lawyers: Precedent
Most people think they know what “precedent” means in the law, but the concept is actually more complicated than most realize! Precedent is ancient, but when senators are grilling judicial nominees about precedent, are they actually using the concept in a much more modern way? In today’s episode, we discuss the kinds of cases that set precedent, how it works, and just how expansive—or limited—precedent can be.
California Says These Firefighters Can’t Work—and the Reason Makes No Sense
Wildfires are raging across the West, and California is grappling with a record-breaking season. Why, then, does the state tell qualified firefighters that they can’t earn a living fighting fires? The state’s irrational law barring people like IJ’s client Dario Gurrola from working isn’t the only one of its kind on the books. Learn more about this and other collateral consequences laws in this episode of Deep Dive.
How Federal Agents Can Legally Take Your Money at the Airport
Law enforcement agencies routinely seize currency from travelers at airports using civil forfeiture—a legal process that allows agencies to take and keep property without ever charging owners with a crime, let alone securing a conviction. In this episode, we discuss the real stories of victims of this abusive practice, the new IJ report—"Jetway Robbery?”—that shows just how widespread it is, and what travelers need to know to protect their property.
Did the Supreme Court Just Say States Have to Fund Religion?
When it handed down Espinoza v. MT Dept. of Revenue this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court added one more facet to a year that has already upended the status quo when it comes to education. In this episode, we discuss where the Espinoza case came from, what the ruling means, and what it really does to the separation of church and state.
It’s Time to Fund Students, Not Systems
With an increasing number of parents desperately seeking educational alternatives for the upcoming school year, teachers’ unions and school districts are doubling down on the status quo. Worse, in many places they are moving to take away options that had been available to parents for years. It has never been more clear that the time has come to move past old ways of thinking about education and put families in control. IJ senior attorney Tim Keller and a special guest, Corey DeAngelis of the Reason Foundation, discuss what a more decentralized, student-centered system would look like, as well as current barriers to change.
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