University Divestment Complaints
CDP has assisted student-led fossil fuel divestment campaigns in preparing complaints for submission to state officials. These complaints ask officials to use their charitable oversight and enforcement powers to curb fossil fuel investments by universities, which, the complaints allege, violate legal duties to the public and to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
CDP filed a friend-of-the court brief with the Center for Protest Law & Litigation, Honor the Earth, and other organizations, explaining why the trial court erred in its sentencing of Ms. Reznicek for her protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Necessity Defense Amicus Briefs
CDP has filed friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of law professors arguing that trial court orders granting the necessity defense to climate protest defendants should be affirmed.
An overview of the current legal framework of the United States as it relates to climate change, as well as tentative proposals for the effective use of legal tools by the climate movement.
A fun visual illustration of the purpose and use of the climate necessity defense. Many thanks to the Graphic Advocacy Project!