Two National Leaders Join Earthjustice Board of Trustees

Earthjustice proudly welcomes N. Bruce Duthu and Will Roush to its board


Liz Judge, Earthjustice, (415) 217-2007

Earthjustice’s board of trustees has elected two new board members: N. Bruce Duthu and Will Roush. As the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization, Earthjustice takes on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. It wields the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.

Professor N. Bruce Duthu, an internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy, is the Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, Professor Duthu was on the law faculty at Vermont Law School. He served as the law school’s Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the inaugural director of the VLS-Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) Partnership in Environmental Law. He also served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, the universities of Wollongong and Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, and the University of Trento in northern Italy. Professor Duthu has been widely published in prominent national and international law journals, and has given talks on the rights of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples to audiences throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. 

He is the author of Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism (2013) and American Indians and the Law (2008) and was a contributing author of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2005), the leading treatise in the field of federal Indian law. He also contributed chapters for three other books, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (forthcoming 2014), Intercultural Dispute Resolution in Aboriginal Contexts: Canadian and International (2004) and First Person, First Peoples: Native American College Graduates Tell Their Life Stories (1997). Previously, Professor Duthu served on the Earthjustice Board from 2001 to 2010.  

Will Roush is conservation director for the Wilderness Workshop in Carbondale, Colorado. Will joined the Wilderness Workshop in 2009 to inventory lands for the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal. Currently he works as an organizer and advocate for the Wilderness Workshop’s efforts to designate additional wilderness and protect the Thompson Divide from gas development. Will also conducts outreach and advocacy for WW’s federal lands policy work, organizes the Naturalist Nights winter speaker series, runs their restoration program, and serves on the steering committee of the Roaring Fork Valley Future Forest Roundtable. Will has a Masters in Geography and Environmental Studies. His thesis was on the impacts of climate change on alpine vegetation. He currently serves on the boards of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Ecojustice, and 444S Foundation.  

Earthjustice fights for the right of all to a healthy environment. Founded in 1971 as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earthjustice partners with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to take on the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. Earthjustice has represented—without charge—more than a thousand public interest clients. Earthjustice clients include community-based organizations, national environmental organizations, Native American tribes, and public health groups. Earthjustice maintains nine regional offices across the country, along with an international program and a policy and legislation team. 

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Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people's health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.