Institute for Justice dinner

Jim is on the board of the Institute for Justice, and we had the board and almost everyone in the organization (approximately 44 people) over for dinner last night.  Robert, Jim’s nephew, came out and helped cook.  Without him, we would never have been able to pull this dinner off.

The menu was as follows (no photos, sorry!  when there are 40+ people in your house, you forget mundane things like taking photos of the food.)

  • Cheese & Charcuterie with Garlic Grilled Baguettes
  • Lamb Shanks with Rosemary Orange Gremolata
  • Oven Roasted Herb Shrimp
  • Moroccan Vegetables
  • Couscous
  • Tunisian Beet & Potato Salad
  • Pineapple with Lime Honey and Lemongrass
  • Tossed Salad
  • Fresh Berry Salad
  • Chocolate Pots de Crème

As with all meals, I was responsible only for the Chocolate Pots de Crème, cleaning up the house, and doing dishes during the day.  J  And the good news is that there are lots of leftovers, so I can continue to leisurely eat my way through this meal.

Jim has been on the board of IJ for over 20 years.  IJ was founded in 1991 and is a civil liberties non-profit.  They defend people’s rights relating to private property, economic liberty, free speech, and school choice.  In addition to being an incredible group of dedicated professionals, they are also really fun people to hang out with.  (As an example, within 60 seconds of arriving at our home, there was already a pool game underway.)

You can find out more about this extraordinary organization at

Institute for Justice

The Institute for Justice was formed in 1991 and is the only libertarian public interest law firm in the country.  The organization engages in litigation on behalf of those individuals whose most basic rights—the right to earn a leaving, the right to own property, and the right to free speech—are denied by the government.  IJ’s mission is to advance the rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.

Jim has been on the board of IJ for over 15 years, and we have gotten to know the organization and the lawyers and staff who make up the organization very well during that time.  I can’t tell you how impressed I am by the people of IJ.  These are folks who could make ten times what they make at IJ at a law firm, but they are willing to make the economic sacrifice in defense of individuals who suffer from the denial of their individual rights and liberties by federal, state, or local governments.  IJ’s lawyers and staff are tremendously talented individuals who engage in cutting edge litigation for individual liberties and have a surprisingly fun time doing it.

Given the economic volatility in recent years, it has become increasingly important to ensure that the government doesn’t stifle free enterprise and free speech in an attempt to regulate its way out of the economic doldrums.  IJ stands at the vanguard of those who protect these very American rights to the benefit of all who live in this country.  You can find out more at