Defending Frontline Activists in Virginia and Pennsylvania

    The CLDC has been providing legal support to the frontline pipeline heroes in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Recently, the Reilly family’s Virginia farm has been threatened, stolen and logged by the Mountain Valley Pipeline Corporation as it trampled upon their property rights and destroyed their pristine acreage that contains forest and creeks in order to stuff […]

Happy May Day from the CLDC!

On this historic day of International Solidarity with the Worker, we honor the long struggle against capitalism for human dignity. Please enjoy this video by CLDC intern Dylan Stirewalt of worldwide May Day protests and actions, and remember to visit our Know Your Rights page before you hit the streets!

Iowa Bill

Chilling of Protestor Freedom in Iowa

By Cameron Sheridan, CLDC Law Clerk SF 2235, An Act Relating to Criminal Acts Committed On or Against Critical Infrastructure and Providing Penalties: A chilling of protestor freedom in Iowa. This bill has passed both houses of the Iowa Legislature and is pending Gubernatorial approval. The original version of the bill passed the Senate and […]

Break Free March

Donations Doubled

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000 by May 31st. All donations between now and May 31st are matched! Double your impact and give today! Help support our work defending front-line activists by becoming a member or making a donation today!       If you would prefer to donate by check you can […]

Leonard & Angela 3.20

Victory for Valve Turner!

On Monday night I laid awake all night long in an uncomfortable hotel bed waiting for my alarm to go off at 6am.  I was obsessively ruminating on the sentencing presentation I would give to the Chouteau County District Court in Fort Benton, MT on Tuesday morning on behalf of Valve Turner Leonard Higgins.  All […]

Valve Turners & the Necessity Defense

Valve Turners & the Necessity Defense

Fighting for the Necessity Defense in the Valve Turners Trials CLDC provides legal support and representation to all of the Valve Turners who engaged in direct action to protect the climate from the fossil fuel industry. In 2016 climate defenders shut off valves on the four pipelines that carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada […]

Leonard No jail time

Leonard Higgins Walks Free!

March 20, 2018– Statement of Lauren Regan, Civil Liberties Defense Center Attorney for Higgins. On behalf of our client Leonard Higgins, we want to begin by thanking your honor, court staff, and the district attorney for their time and professionalism with regard to this case. It is not very often that a district court is […]

CLDC’s Guide to PIELC

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference March 1-4 2018 From Thursday, March 1st to Sunday, March 4th, The University of Oregon will once again be home of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC). Starting in 1983, PIELC has facilitated hundreds of workshops and panels that focus on an array of topics from international environmental law […]

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