Liberty Justice Center

Fighting for the Constitutional Rights of All Americans

aka Stand With Workers   |   Chicago, IL   |
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Liberty Justice Center

EIN: 45-4204425


The Liberty Justice Center is a nonprofit, public-interest litigation center that seeks to revitalize constitutional restraints on government power and protections for individual rights through strategic, precedent-setting litigation.

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Jacob Huebert

Main address

440 North Wells St. Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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Subject area info

Legal services

Public interest law

Public policy

Individual liberties

Public safety

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NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Since our founding in 2011, we have defended countless Americans threatened by governmental overreach and abuse, stood up for First Amendments rights, supported educational freedom, and helped thousands of public sector union workers leave their unions and stop funding speech they disagree with. With active cases in 26 states, we are able to respond rapidly to threats as they emerge.

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Liberty Justice Center fights for the constitutional rights of American families, workers, advocates, and entrepreneurs, primarily in the following areas:

Worker freedom: The Liberty Justice Center is defending workers’ First Amendment right to choose whether to give money to a union. We also seek to challenge other laws that force private individuals to join or support private organizations.

School choice: Educational freedom has long been a priority at the Liberty Justice Center. We defend school-choice programs against legal challenges, ensure that school-choice programs are fully and properly implemented, and pursue strategic litigation to expand school choice beyond its current limits.

Free speech: LJC works to protect the right to free speech. This includes litigation to challenge unconstitutional campaign finance laws, to protect anonymous speech and donations, to protect commercial speech, and to challenge efforts to stifle dissent through censorship

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Goals & Strategy

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Founded in 2011, the Liberty Justice Center is a nonprofit, public interest litigation firm that protects free speech, school choice and economic liberty for all Americans. We litigate free market and individual liberty issues that are ripe for legal review and have potential for transformational impact. Our experienced team of attorneys fights against unconstitutional policies, giving voice to the voiceless and protecting individual freedom.

Worker freedom: The Liberty Justice Center is building upon our victory in Janus v. AFSCME by defending workers’ First Amendment rights with our three-pronged litigation strategy. We are also working on legal theories that question additional instances where the government forces private individuals to join or support private organizations.

Citizen privacy: Under the guise of “transparency,” politicians are using the power of the government to intimidate detractors and stifle free speech. This puts private citizens at risk of retaliation or retribution for supporting advocacy organizations. The Liberty Justice Center is defending privacy for all Americans.

School choice: The right to a quality education has long been a priority at the Liberty Justice Center. Our attorneys are actively pursuing strategic litigation in states with the greatest opposition to school choice.

Economic liberty: The Liberty Justice Center has a record of defending economic liberty and challenging unconstitutional campaign finance laws, violations of commercial free speech and overreaching government regulations. We will continue to file litigation fighting political privilege.

We have an advanced legal team, experienced in a variety of litigation issues, including worker freedom, education, economic reform and privacy. Our team directly engages with every potential client. We believe our hands-on approach is uniquely powerful in engaging clients through multiple stages over the course of years.

The Liberty Justice Center achieved national recognition in 2018 for the greatest free speech victory in a generation with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Janus v. AFSCME. The First Amendment is in place to protect the fundamental rights of Americans. Unfortunately, states across the nation are passing laws that inhibit these rights. The Liberty Justice Center is fighting to preserve individual freedoms across the nation through strategic litigation and skillful outreach.

Worker freedom: Janus v. AFSCME liberated 5 million public sector workers from having to pay union fees as a condition of their employment. Despite the expansive Janus decision, government unions and employers continue to make it difficult for workers to exercise their restored rights. The Liberty Justice Center is advancing a three-prong litigation strategy to ensure workers’ Janus rights are protected and enforced across the country.

Donor privacy: In 1958, the Supreme Court ruled in NAACP v. Alabama that states could not mandate donor disclosure by nonprofit organizations. American’s were able to freely donate to advocacy groups without fear of backlash. Decades later, many state governments are attempting to retract this ruling and force nonprofit groups to disclose complete lists of their donors, which would publicly expose private information like phone numbers and addresses. The Liberty Justice Center is filing free speech cases challenging state statutes that mandate donor disclosure from issue advocacy organizations. In each case, we seek to place the burden of proof on government, rather than on nonprofit organizations. We argue that the baseline should be preserving privacy, and the government must show a compelling need for collecting private information.

School choice litigation: For many families, school choice opportunities make a life-changing difference for families. Students who otherwise would be stuck in a failing neighborhood school have the opportunity to excel through programs like Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), tax credit scholarships and school vouchers. Without them, many children would not be able to attend the school that best suits their needs. We continue to provide legal counsel to school choice advocates and allies in states on a variety of legal questions.


Liberty Justice Center
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 LJC 2021 Audited Financials 2020 LJC 2020 Audited Financials 2018 2018 Audited Financial Statement
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 9.50 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 4.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 7% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $819,882 -$92,735 $199,058 $2,435,374 -$731,120
As % of expenses 58.5% -4.1% 9.1% 73.6% -21.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $806,932 -$105,684 $199,058 $2,435,374 -$731,120
As % of expenses 57.1% -4.7% 9.1% 73.6% -21.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,245,284 $2,255,795 $2,306,293 $6,289,778 $2,331,283
Total revenue, % change over prior year 224.3% 0.5% 2.2% 172.7% -62.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.5% 99.9% 99.5% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,401,123 $2,248,778 $2,177,259 $3,310,167 $3,353,922
Total expenses, % change over prior year 156.2% 60.5% -3.2% 52.0% 1.3%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 62.2% 70.2%
Professional fees 5.0% 5.1% 10.0% 28.2% 17.5%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.6% 0.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 10.7% 4.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 84.3% 90.1% 89.5% 8.9% 11.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,414,073 $2,261,727 $2,177,259 $3,310,167 $3,353,922
One month of savings $116,760 $187,398 $181,438 $275,847 $279,494
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,530,833 $2,449,125 $2,358,697 $3,586,014 $3,633,416

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 8.2 4.8 6.2 13.2 9.9
Months of cash and investments 8.2 4.8 6.2 13.2 10.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.7 4.3 5.6 12.5 9.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $959,820 $895,417 $1,129,030 $3,638,066 $2,756,935
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $126,468
Receivables $0 $60,000 $0 $550,000 $208,746
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $38,849 $38,849 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 66.7% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.0% 6.1% 8.1% 4.1% 4.4%
Unrestricted net assets $914,754 $809,070 $1,008,128 $3,443,502 $2,712,382
Temporarily restricted net assets $20,272 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $20,272 $120,024 $50,000 $594,237 $303,416
Total net assets $935,026 $929,094 $1,058,128 $4,037,739 $3,015,798

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Jacob Huebert

Jacob Huebert is President of the Liberty Justice Center. Jacob previously served as the Liberty Justice Center’s Director of Litigation. In that role, he successfully litigated cases to protect economic liberty, free speech and other constitutional rights, including the landmark Janus v. AFSCME case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld government workers’ First Amendment right to choose for themselves whether to pay money to a union. Jacob and his work have appeared in numerous national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Fox News Channel. Jacob was also previously a Senior Attorney at the Goldwater Institute, where he litigated cases on free speech, property rights and the Second Amendment. Jacob holds a B.A. in economics from Grove City College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Board of directors
as of 05/28/2023
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Board chair

Sara Albrecht

Jacob Huebert

President of the Liberty Justice Center

Sara Albrecht

President, Swan Capital LLC

Brian Timpone

CEO and Chairman, LocalLabs LLC

Corey DeAngelis

Senior Fellow at American Federation for Children

Mark Santacrose

Executive Chairman, Tecta America

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No


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