GREEN JUSTICE
Connecting clients with causes to attorneys with vision

MISSION & VISION

Green Justice is a virtual law firm that connects independent lawyers with special expertise nationwide to work cases that defend people, wildlife and habitats from climate injustices in the natural and built environments. We pair lawyers with law students to both "mentor the movement" — train future effective ethical lawyers — and offer quality, affordable services. We work "low bono," meaning our clients pay some for representation, but not full fees charged by private firms. Our model directly fills the gap many clients would otherwise fall into — earning too much to qualify for pro bono service, but concerned about full legal costs. We donate a percentage of all our fees, and any other awards to take on pro bono cases with extreme abuses.
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CLIENTS WITH CAUSES

Green Justice provides individuals, communities and organizations facing challenging social, environmental, and human justice issues with legal services that may otherwise be inaccessible.

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ATTORNEYS WITH VISION

A professional team of experienced attorneys work with law students to provide essential legal services. Students hone skills and clients are well served at affordable rates.

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AVAILABLE SERVICES

The lawyers, interns and volunteers of Green Justice can address a wide variety of legal needs, including research, strategy, legislation, policy advocacy, litigation and document creation, among others.

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JOIN TODAY

Ready to get started? Contact us today. Potential clients should provide a detailed overview of the issue and desired outcome. Prospective student interns should provide a transcript, letter of interest and resume. Volunteers please send a note about your interest and any relative skills.

Green Justice connects legal professionals and law students with communities, providing low-cost services to address climate injustices and effect systemic change.

FOR STUDENTS

Community service, essential skills

Green Justice provides an opportunity to make a meaningful difference through public interest lawyering, with real work on real causes. Through active, supervised practice, you will gain experience in the unique legal skills necessary for working on public interest cases. We offer a solid foundation for becoming a creative, experienced, and effective attorney. While interning at Green Justice, you may:

  • Meet with clients, co-counsels and expert witnesses
  • Research and prepare memos, letters, and briefs
  • Draft and file pleadings, settlements or proposed legislation
  • Assist clients in shaping policy agendas
  • Develop outreach and communications strategies
  • Attend and assist with preparation for judicial or administrative hearings
And more!

FOR CLIENTS

Green Justice fights for social and environmental justice nationwide through innovative legal strategy and advocacy in areas like:

ENVIRONMENTAL

Coastal erosion & pollution | Climate change | Fisheries | Wildlife preservation | Disaster mitigation

NATURAL RESOURCES

Fair land and water use | Oil, gas & mineral operations | Resource conservation & recovery | Common law protection

HUMAN RIGHTS

Equitable resource access | Ethical prison conditions | Public health | Water rights | Food & agriculture

POLICY & ADVOCACY

Environmental regulation | Community-legislative engagement | Select issues in international public policy

LATEST NEWS

Victory — Court Stops Fish Farms in Gulf

BIG WIN! On Tuesday September 25, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana decided that a federal regulation to develop fin fish farms offshore in the Gulf of Mexico was invalid. Green Justice attorney Marianne Cufone was local counsel and both GJ attorneys Emily Posner and Sascha Bollag participated in the case over the years.

The federal rules challenged by the lawsuit focused on the Gulf of Mexico, but also could have paved the way for fish farm permits all around the U.S. The Court ruled that existing fisheries management laws were never intended to regulate aquaculture (the farming of fish in pens or cages in offshore marine waters), concluding that the Department of Commerce “acted outside of its statutory authority…”

Click here to read the full judgment, or here to read the press release. And don’t forget to tweet your support with #dontcageouroceans!

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