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Earthjustice represents a diverse range of public-interest clients — for free.

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Building a better future for our planet.

Earthjustice’s casework changes lives. We stand alongside our hundreds of public-interest clients, at the frontlines of the fight for justice and a healthy environment for all. Meet a few of our clients:

Chickaloon Native Village

In Alaska, Earthjustice’s lawyers are representing the Chickaloon Native Village in their fight to stop a coal mine that threatens their way of life.

Sacred Tribal Land Is No Place For A Coal Mine. For years, the Tribe has fought to prevent the reopening of a coal mine that once nearly destroyed Tsideketna’, where the Tribe has gathered for generations to harvest salmon. The mine is sited across from Ya Ne Dah Ah School, one of the only schools in the state that is owned and operated by a federally-recognized Tribal government. Read about this case.

“In order to heal our families from the destruction, we are living our way of life.”

Lisa Wade, Member of the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council

Lisa Wade, with her daughter Ayla.
Courtesy of Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade, with her daughter Ayla.

Sierra Club

Since Earthjustice was founded in 1971, the Sierra Club has been a partner in the fight for our planet’s future.

Rule Of Law Prevails. Two months after taking office, President Donald Trump directed the Department of the Interior to overturn a moratorium that prevented private companies from extracting coal from public lands. Earthjustice filed a lawsuit within days, on behalf of Sierra Club and a coalition of clients, challenging the Interior Dept.'s action, which lacked science- or fact-based rationale. After two years of legal filings, a federal court ruled the administration had violated the law. Read about this case.

“The Trump administration’s decision wasn’t putting Americans first — it was putting corporate polluters first.”

Bill Corcoran, Western Regional Campaign Director, Beyond Coal, Sierra Club

RISE St. James

The community organization is taking a stand against the petrochemical plants that have devastated their air and water. Earthjustice represents RISE St. James as they fight a massive $9.4 billion petrochemical complex.

Standing Up In “Cancer Alley.” Five generations of the Lavigne family have lived in St. James Parish. Industrial plants have caused so much pollution that the area became known as part of “Cancer Alley.” RISE St. James is working to change that. Read about this work.

“We’re not going to dwell on what we can’t do — we’re going to dwell on what we can do.”

Sharon Lavigne, Founder and Director of RISE St. James

Lavigne, front, leads a rally against the “Sunshine Project.”
Photo courtesy of Julie Dermansky

Sharon Lavigne, front, leads a rally against the “Sunshine Project.”

American Lung Association

From smog to sulfur dioxide, we've represented the American Lung Association in legal efforts to eliminate dangerous pollutants and improve air quality.

Our Right To Breathe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must now meet its obligation under the law and tell the public where smog levels exceed safety standards, following litigation brought by Earthjustice on behalf of the American Lung Association and a coalition of clients. The action will save hundreds of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks in children every year. Learn about this case.

“Americans know smog harms their health and want EPA to clean it up.”

Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association

The Humane Society of the United States

We have partnered with the Humane Society on legal efforts to defend our world’s irreplaceable species.

Judges Agree: They Otter Be Free. California sea otters — once thought to be extinct — are now swimming free and towards a full recovery. On behalf of the Humane Society and other clients, we defended the end of the ill-advised “No Otter Zone,” which excluded otters from parts of their coastal habitat. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which allowed the decision to stand by declining to review the appeal. Read about this case.

“This court decision is a win for sea otters and endangered species everywhere.”

Anna Frostic, Managing Attorney for Wildlife and Animal Research, The Humane Society of the United States

Together, fighting for our environment.

As the legal backbone of the environmental movement, we work alongside communities across the country to fight for clean air, clean water, and protections for wilderness and wildlife — one case at a time. In addition to the hundreds of past and present clients listed here, there are scores of others with whom we partner, co-counsel, and ally.


A Hunter's Voice
Action for the Environment
Akiak Native Community
Alan C. Ziegler
Alaska Clean Water Alliance
Alaska Conservation Alliance
Alaska Sportfishing Association
Alaska Survival
Amazon Coalition
Americans for the Environment
Amigos del Río Guaynabo, Inc.
Amy McMillan
Angel Pilago
Arcadia residents (Florida)
Ashurst Bar / Smith Community Organization
Atchison Village Environmental Committee



California Natural Resources Federation
CAlifornians for Renewable Energy
Caples Lake Homeowners Association
Carmel Mountain Conservancy
Carson Forest Watch
Center for Native Ecosystems
Centreville Citizens for Change
Chassahowitzka River Restoration Committee
Chefornak Traditional Council
Chevak Traditional Council
Chuloonawick Native Village
Citizen's Alert Regarding the Environment
Citizen's Association of Bonita Beach
Citizens Advocate United Together to Inform Organized New Direction (C.A.U.T.I.O.N.)
Citizens Against Nuclear Trash
Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping
Citizens for Responsible Energy Development
Citizens for Teton Valley
Citizens for Water
Citizens' Preservation Council
City of Point Hope
Clark County Natural Resources Council
Clean Up Rincon Effluent
Clearwater Biodiversity Project
Clive Kincaid
Coast Action Group
Comité Basura Cero Arecibo
Committee Against Heliport Construction - Save Life Society
Communities Organized to Improve Life
Community and Children's Advocates Against Pesticide Poisoning
Community In-Power & Development
Concerned Citizens of Gulfport
Concerned Citizens of Honolulu
Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy
Concerned Citizens of Norco
Concerned Citizens of Putnam Co for Responsive Government
Concerned Parents of Leland County
Conservation Action Project
Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County
Coos Waterkeeper
Coosa River Basin Initiative
Crow Indian Tribe




Five Corners Family Farmers
Florida Biodiversity Project
Florida Conservation Association
Florida Keys Citizen Coalition
Forty-Niner Council of the Boy Scouts of America
Frente Indigena Oaxaqueno Binacional
Friends Aware of Wildlife Needs
Friends of Admiralty
Friends of Castle Rock State Park
Friends of Georgia
Friends of Glacier Point
Friends of Lake Okeechobee
Friends of Neary Lagoon
Friends of Suisun Marsh
Friends of the Abajos
Friends of the Elk River
Friends of the Navarro River
Friends of West Shore
Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association
Fund for Animals


George Wuerthner
Georgia Environmental Organization
Gerry Ross
Gila Watch
Gilbert & Alice Duran
Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana
Glenn Davis
Gray Wolf Committee
Greater Ecosystem Alliance
Green Sand Community Association
Greenpeace Foundation, Hawaii
Group Aginst Smog and Pollution
Gulf Islands Conservancy
Gulfport Concerned Citizens Coalition
GVEA Ratepayers Alliance


Hakipu`u `Ohana
Hamakua Citizens for a Clean Environment
Hana Community Association
Hawai`i Fishermen's Foundation
Hawai`i-La`ieikawai Association
Hayward Area Planning Association
Help Our Wolves Live (HOWL)
Help Save the Apalachicola River Group
Hihiwai Stream Restoration Coalition
Hoa`Aina O Makaha
Hoonah Indian Association
Ho`olehua Homesteaders Assoc
Huckleberry Mountain Protection Society
Hui Alanui O Makena
Hui Ho'omalu i Ka 'Aina
Hui Ho`opakele`Aina
Hui Malama i Kohola
Hui Malama `Aina O La`ie
Hui o Na Wai `Eha
Humboldt Watershed Council
Huron Environmental Activist League (HEAL)



Japan Environmental Lawyers Foundation
Jeff Anderson
Joan Burlingame
Joe Hotch, Native elder
Jon Spar
Judith Vallee


K. Randal McKown
Ka 'Iwa Kua Lele
Ka 'Ohana O Ka Lae
Ka Lahui Hawai`i
Kahalu`u Neighborhood Board
Kaimi Kaupiko
Kapoho Community Association
Karl Mowat
Kasigluk Traditional Council
Kaua`i Friends of the Environment
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Kilauea Neighborhood Board
Kingman Park Civic Association
Kirkwood Associates
Kirkwood Meadows Public Utilities District
Kissimmee River Valley Sports Association
Kongiganak Traditional Council


La Coordinadora para la Defensa del Agua y Vida
La Federacion Departamental Cochabambina de Organizaciones Regantes
La Habra Heights Oil Watch
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Lake Kirkwood Association
Lake Maurepas Society
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Lanaians For Sensible Growth
League to Save Sierra Lakes
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Lee Bernheisel
Life of the Land
Limu Coalition
Linda Young
Logan Canyon Coaliton
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Louisiana Audubon Council
Louisiana Wildlife Federation
Lummi Nation


Mac Thornton
Maine Council of Atlantic Salmon Federation
Makawai Stream Restoration Alliance
Malama Makua
Marble Mountain Audubon
Margaret McGuire
Marianas Audubon Society
Mary Adele Donnelly
Mary Evanson
Maui Air Traffic Association
Maui Meadows Homeowners Association
Medical Advocates for Healthy Air
Medical Alliance for Healthy Air
Michael Norte
Midcoast Fishermen's Association
Mike Nakachi
Mississippi River Basin Alliance
Mississippi Workers for Human Rights
Molokaʻi Mahiʻai
Montana Ecosystems Defense Council
Montana State Parks Foundation
Montana Wildlife Federation
Mount Shasta Area Audubon Society


Na 'Imi Pono
Na 'Opio Aloha 'Aina
Na Kiaʻi Kai
Na Mamo O `Aha`ino
Nanakuli Surf Club
Native Coalition for Medicine Lake Highlands Defense
Native Ecosystems Defense Council
Native Village of Eek
Native Village of Kwigillingok
Native Village of Nightmute
Native Village of Nunapitchuk
Native Village of Point Hope
Native Village of Tununak
Nature Coalition for Medicine Lake Highlands Defense
Neighborhood Network Research Center
New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning
No Way L.A. Coalition
Northern California Guides Association
Northern Great Kills Civic Association
Northern Sierra Summer Homeowners' Association
Northern Wyoming Resource Council
Northwest Wyoming Resource Council



Pacific Crest Biodiversity Project
Pahoa Business Association
Palikapu Dedman
Pat Munday
Pat Munoz
Patrick Rose
Paul Carpino
Pend Oreille Environmental Team
People for Protecting Peace River
Peter Knutson
Pit River Tribe
Plasse Homestead Homeowners Association
Po`ai Wai Ola
Preserve South Bay
Professional Wilderness Outfitters Association
Protect Ma`alaea Coalition
Protect Our Water
Protect Puako
Protect the Adirondacks!
Puako Community Association
Public Access Shoreline Hawaii
Puget Sound Gillnetters Association
Puget Sound Harvesters
Pukalani Hula Halau
Puna Outdoor Circle
Punaluu Community Association
Punaluu Preservation




San Joaquin Wildlife / Raptor Rescue Center
San Pedro 100
Save Our Bays & Beaches
Save Our Surf
Save the Apalachicola River Group
Save The Dugong Foundation
Save the St. John River
Save the West
Save `Ewa Beach `Ohana
Scott Cornelius
Selkirk Conservation Alliance
Selkirk-Priest Basin Association
Sierra Club de Puerto Rico
Silver Lake Water Company
Silvertip Landowners
Skagway Marine Access Commission
Sleetmute Traditional Council
Society for American Archaeology
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
Sokaogon Chippewa Community
South Dakota Resources Coalition
South Dakota Resources Council
South Fork Mountain Defense Committee
South Silver Lake Homeowners Association
Southern Colorado Citizens United for Responsibility to the Environment
Southwest Center for Biological Diversity
Southwest Trout
Spearfish Canyon Preservation Trust
Squamish Nation
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
Stichting Greenpeace Council
Susan and Bruce Paladini
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community





Waiahole-Waikane Community Association
Waialae Iki Ridge Parks Beautification Association
Waipi`o Valley Community Association
Walter Ritte
Wao Kele O Puna
Waterkeepers Washington
Western Ancient Forest Campaign
Western Native Trout Progams
Wetlands Action Network
Whidbey Environmental Action Network
White Mountain Conservation League
Willie Kaupiko
Willits Environmental Center
Woodbridge Rivers Company
World Council of Indigenous Peoples-Hawai`i
Wrangell Resource Council