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Environmental Law & Policy


Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)    

ASH is a nonprofit charitable trust primarily involved in advocacy in the area of nonsmokers’ rights. ASH cannot handle cases involving individual rights, but will sue government agencies to protect the rights of nonsmokers and provide testimony on such issues.

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

ADA is the nation’s oldest, liberal, independent political organization. It focuses on economic, military, foreign, social, and environmental issues, and maintains a political action committee (ADA/PAC). It publishes a weekly legislative newsletter for liberal activists and a quarterly newsletter.

American Rivers, Inc.

American Rivers is a non-profit conservation organization. Its mission is to protect and restore America’s rivers and to foster a river stewardship ethic.

Appleseed Center - DC Center

The DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving important public policy problems facing the Washington, DC metropolitan area. To advance this mission, DC Appleseed organizes volunteers, including attorneys and other experts, who work in teams to analyze and develop solutions to problems facing the region. Depending on the problem being addressed, DC Appleseed’s projects involve working with broad coalitions, issuing reports, participating in regulatory proceedings, bringing lawsuits, managing public education campaigns, and meeting with and/or testifying before governmental decision-makers. We are a local organization, working exclusively on a broad array of the biggest public policy problems facing the National Capital area, including healthcare, voting representation, education reform, environmental concerns, jobs, and housing.

Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), founded in 1991 by a group of prominent human rights defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean. CEJIL's principle objective is to achieve the full implementation of international human rights norms in the member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) through the use of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights and other international protection mechanisms. CEJIL’s mandate is fulfilled through work in three program areas: the Legal Defense Program, the Training and Dissemination Program, and the Campaign to Strengthen the Inter-American System.

Center for Study of Responsive Law

The Center for Study of Responsive Law is a nonprofit Ralph Nader organization that supports and conducts a wide variety of research and educational projects to encourage the political, economic and social institutions of this country to be more aware of the needs of the citizen-consumer. The Center publishes a variety of reports on a number of public interest issues.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is actively involved in influencing public policy and legislation on environmental issues. The foundation also litigates on issues involving clean air, water, and land use.

Clean Water Action

Clean Water Action is an organization of 1.2 million members working to empower people to take action to protect America's waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For 36 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is a North American conservation nonprofit dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health. Defenders' staff is composed of a variety of wildlife experts, including a legal team with a successful record at the forefront of wildlife law and legal advocacy.


Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund handles matters relating to environmental issues.

Environmental Defense

Environmental Defense handles environmental public law cases, including matters related to environmental statutes, federal implementation of laws and citizens’ enforcement actions.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth primarily does legislative advocacy on the national and international levels, but also participates in some legal cases.

Indian Law Resource Center

The Indian Law Resource Center handles state and federal litigation and human rights cases dealing with issues such as land rights, treaty rights, self-government and human rights of American Indians and other indigenous peoples.

Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP)

For more than 30 years, the Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP) has provided legal representation and a national voice for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. MLAP works to enforce rights and to improve public policies affecting farmworkers' working and housing conditions, education, health, nutrition, and general welfare. The program works with an extensive network of local service providers, including organizations in the fields of migrant education, migrant health, job training, Head Start, and migrant legal services. MLAP staff provides technical assistance and training to these service providers, as well as undertaking high level policy advocacy at the state or local level. Students would undertake research and writing in support of the program's work.

National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society handles conservation, wildlife protection, environmental law and public land issues.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation advocates and litigates in the areas of historic preservation law, land use law, constitutional issues (takings, First Amendment), non-profit issues, and tax law.

National Whistleblower Center

The Center handles cases related to employee whistleblowing, First Amendment issues, civil rights issues, environment and atomic energy matters, and government incorporated accountability.

Natural Resources Defense Council

NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of more than one million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

Nature Conservancy

The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.


Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life.

Public Citizen Critical Mass Energy Project

Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program works to protect citizens and the environment from the dangers posed by nuclear power and seeks policies that will lead to safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy. We also advocate creation of an agricultural and food distribution system that guarantees safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainable manner, and work to protect the world's fragile water resources from commodification, privatization, and mass diversion.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is a national, nonprofit service organization dedicated to assisting federal, state and local resource professionals who fight to uphold environmental laws and ethics within their organizations. PEER protects public employees who protect our environment. When a public employee contacts PEER for help regarding an environmental or ethics violation within their organization, PEER becomes the face of the controversy and protects the identity of the public employee who brought the issue to light. PEER also provides free legal services to public employees who suffer adverse actions as a result of taking a stance to uphold environmental laws and ethics within their organizations.

Public Justice

Public Justice is a national public interest law firm that marshals the skills and resources of trial lawyers to create a more just society. Through creative litigation, public education, and innovative work with the broader public interest community, we: protect people and the environment; hold accountable those who abuse power; challenge governmental, corporate and individual wrongdoing; increase access to the courts; combat threats to our justice system; and inspire lawyers and others to serve the public interest.

United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG)

U.S. PIRG focuses on research and advocacy in a wide range of areas including consumer rights, product safety, credit issues, banking reform, environmental issues, energy policy and good government issues.

Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society is an advocacy organization working to protect America’s wild public lands, including our national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests.

Wildlife Advocacy Project

Public interest law firm involved with environmental litigation and advocacy on behalf of wildlife under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The firm is in need of volunteers to assist with litigation, review of policy documents, legislative briefings and congressional staff education.

World Wildlife Fund

Known worldwide by its panda logo, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Now in its fifth decade, WWF works in more than 100 countries to conserve the diversity of life on earth. With nearly 1.2 million members in the U.S. and 4 million worldwide, WWF is the world's largest privately financed conservation organization.

WWF directs its conservation efforts toward three global goals: saving endangered species, protecting endangered habitats and addressing global threats such as toxic pollution, over-fishing and climate change. From working to save the giant panda and bringing back the Asian rhino to establishing and helping to manage parks and reserves worldwide, WWF has been a conservation leader for more than 40 years.