Earthjustice California Regional Office
Earthjustice (originally the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) was established in 1971 as an independent, non-profit law firm to serve the burgeoning environmental movement. Our mission is to protect natural resources and public health by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws and providing clients with the best legal representation and related advocacy support possible. Since our inception, we have been involved in many of the nation’s most important environmental battles and have established valuable precedents in cases involving air and water quality, endangered species, forestry, public lands, and international environmental law. Earthjustice has its administrative headquarters in Oakland and regional litigation offices in Bozeman, Denver, Honolulu, Juneau, New York City, Seattle, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., as well as Oakland.
The California Regional Office, over its 30 years of existence, has litigated to protect California’s old growth redwood forests as well as public lands in the Sierra and Mojave Deserts, to promote recovery of fisheries in the Bay Delta, to protect the Klamath Basin and to fight for Endangered Species Act protection throughout the State. In 2000, we determined to focus our efforts over the next five to ten years on a new litigation campaign – Healthy Cities, Healthy Wildlands: San Francisco to the Sierra. We believe that this campaign of more narrowly focused strategic and sustained advocacy will increase our impact on the underlying environmental problems facing California, as well as influence public and political opinion. The geographic focus of Health Cities, Healthy Wildlands encompasses the Sierra, Central Valley and greater San Francisco Bay Area. The issue focus is on the connection between urban areas and wilderness resources; it attempts to address some of the environmental and public health ramifications of the rapid population growth in California while affording us the opportunity to tackle a variety of both urban and endangered species/ wildlands protection cases. We now have a docket of cases involving air quality in the Bay Area and (in particular) the San Joaquin Valley, water quantity and quality in the Bay Delta, sprawl development in the Bay Area and Valley, and endangered species throughout our region. Our office consists of five staff attorneys, two associate attorneys, one project attorney, two research associates, two litigation assistants, an office manager, and from one to three student law clerks at any given time.