Todd True

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Todd D. True is a senior attorney at Earthjustice’s Northwest regional office in Seattle, and was one of two attorneys who opened the office in 1987. He has handled cases under the federal Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Forest Management Acts as well as the Washington State Shorelines Management Act, Forest Practices Act, and Water Resources Acts. He has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate and trial courts.

Mr. True is a past-president of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, was elected to serve on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee, and has served as a member and Chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Advisory Board. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law and has been elected a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Mr. True earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law (Order of the Coif), where he served as Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review. He clerked for The Honorable Betty B. Fletcher, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, following graduation.

The Latest by Todd True

The Lower Granite Dam is one of the four Lower Snake River dams Earthjustice is fighting to remove.
January 3, 2022

Breakthrough in 20+ Year Legal Battle Over Fate of Snake River Salmon

Federal agencies in the Biden administration have finally agreed to seek a long-term comprehensive solution that restores Snake River salmon.

July 23, 2021

How the Courts Are Keeping Salmon Alive

The fish are in crisis. We've asked a court to order critical stop-gap measures to keep them from going extinct.
Chinook Coho Salmon
April 4, 2018

New Ways to Power the Northwest Would Save Salmon, Add Little Cost

Hydropower interests have indicated that keeping four federal dams on the lower Snake River in Washington involves a choice between clean energy and the survival of wild salmon. A new report shows we can have both.
Lower Granite Dam
April 6, 2017

A Swim in the Right Direction for Snake River Salmon

Increasing the flow of water over Columbia-Snake River dams will provide salmon with a measure of protection until officials decide whether to remove four dams on the lower Snake River completely.