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CDP in the Press: License to Drill
February 27, 2020February 27, 2020
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CDP in the Press: License to Drill

CDP staff attorneys Alice Cherry and Ted Hamilton have written a short post for the I Heart Climate Voices blog. The post argues that courts and governments routinely misapply the law to protect the fossil fuel industry, and that the legal system will tacitly support the fossil fuel economy unless and until protest and social...

CDP’s Alice Cherry Interviewed on KBOO
February 4, 2020February 4, 2020
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CDP’s Alice Cherry Interviewed on KBOO

Alice Cherry, CDP Co-Founder and Staff Attorney, was interviewed on Portland-based radio station KBOO last week, as part of a segment called Left and the Law. Alice discussed the climate necessity defense, upcoming cases, and the recent Ninth Circuit opinion in the youth lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States. You can listen to...

Law Professor Amicus Brief Filed in Spokane Case
January 14, 2020January 14, 2020
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Law Professor Amicus Brief Filed in Spokane Case

On behalf of 122 law professors, CDP filed today a friend-of-court brief in support of George Taylor, a reverend and member of Veterans for Peace who was involved in a protest against the transport of crude oil by trains in downtown Spokane, WA. Mr. Taylor is appealing the reversal of a trial court ruling granting his...

Appeal Underway in Montana Valve Turner Case
December 18, 2019December 18, 2019
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Appeal Underway in Montana Valve Turner Case

Fort Benton, MT — Leonard Higgins and his attorneys are appealing his conviction for a protest that shut down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil into the United States. The appeal focuses on the court’s denial of Mr. Higgins’ right to present a complete defense. Prior to trial, in a violation of Mr. Higgins’ constitutional...

CDP in the Press: Washington Supreme Court Establishes ‘Very Important Precedent’ for Climate Necessity Defense
September 10, 2019October 2, 2019
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CDP in the Press: Washington Supreme Court Establishes ‘Very Important Precedent’ for Climate Necessity Defense

Common Dreams has a story on our major win at the Washington Supreme Court, where we helped Valve Turner Ken Ward establish a crucial precedent for the climate necessity defense. Read our press release on the decision. CDP co-founder and staff attorney Alice Cherry was quoted in the Common Dreams piece: Alice Cherry of the Climate Defense...

Victory for Climate Necessity Defense Upheld at Washington Supreme Court
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
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Victory for Climate Necessity Defense Upheld at Washington Supreme Court

The Washington Supreme Court has declined to review a ruling by the state’s Court of Appeals upholding the right of CDP client Ken Ward to present a necessity defense at trial. The Court of Appeals ruling, issued in April of this year, had overturned a previous decision by the trial court to bar all evidence...

CDP in the Press: Environmental Defenders Silenced Around the World
August 2, 2019August 2, 2019
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CDP in the Press: Environmental Defenders Silenced Around the World

CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs is quoted in a Civil Eats article on the alarming rise in deadly attacks against environmental defenders across the world: Climate change activists have been labeled as terrorists, said lawyer Kelsey Skaggs with the Climate Defense Project. She pointed to how the company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners used the term “eco-terrorists”—which was...

Guest Post: Labor and Climate Activism
July 23, 2019July 30, 2019
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Guest Post: Labor and Climate Activism

Author Joey Cherney is a 2019 Summer Law Clerk for CDP. He was a union organizer from 2014-2017 with Service Employees International Union. He was also a research assistant for the Clean Slate Project at the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, a two-year initiative to reimagine labor law and strengthen worker rights. As movements for...