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October 2018

Become a CLDC Law Clerk this Spring or Summer!

By |2018-10-18T16:27:14+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: News|

Hello CLDC network,

Please pass around to your networks: We are currently accepting spring law applications for the 2019 Spring term.

Also, we will begin accepting summer law clerk positions as of Nov. 1st. Applications must be in by March 15th! Our summer law clerk program is something we are very proud […]

CLDC Defends Antifascists Against Frivolous SLAPP Suit

By |2018-10-17T12:25:34+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: News|

The Civil Liberties Defense Center, with co-counsel from the San Francisco-based First Amendment Project, are defending anonymous individuals sued by former Eugene resident, Bethany Sherman and her defunct Cannabis testing company, OG Analytical.

The lawsuit, filed by Sherman in the San Francisco Superior Court in September, alleges that Sherman […]

Victory for Valve Turners in Minnesota!

By |2018-10-10T10:50:52+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

We are pleased to announce a victory in our Minnesota Valve Turner case! This trial was a rollercoaster with many twists and turns, but all three defendants were acquitted of their charges this morning in court. They were acquitted, not on the necessity defense, but because the prosecution could not meet the […]

September 2018

The Day the Valves Turned – Trial Approaching!

By |2018-09-26T15:33:37+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

Starting on October 8, 2018, CLDC along with co-counsel, will be defending the Minnesota Valve Turners, Annette, Emily, and Ben by presenting the climate necessity defense to a Clearwater County jury.  We have been developing this cutting edge legal strategy with help from many other lawyers around the country for […]

Ninth Circuit: Criminally Prosecuting People for Sleeping Outside Violates Eighth Amendment Prohibition on Cruel and Unusual Punishment

By |2018-09-19T00:51:37+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

Cooper Brinson, Staff Attorney

On September 4, the Ninth Circuit ruled that “the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment bars a city from prosecuting people criminally for sleeping outside on public property when those people have no home or other shelter to go to.”

The case, Martin v. City […]

CLDC Moves Forward in Lawsuit Challenging Lack of Mental Health Treatment in Jails

By |2018-09-25T11:16:38+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|

Cooper Brinson, Staff Attorney

Back in June, the US District Court for Oregon ruled that a lawsuit, filed by the Civil Liberties Defense Center on behalf of Angelo J. Fricano, should move forward to trial after successfully beating back the defendants attempts to have the case dismissed. The federal civil […]

Update from San Francisco: Against Climate Capitalism

By |2018-10-04T10:45:38+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Action Tools, Know Your Rights, News|Tags: , , , , |

Just as the RISE March was coming into the plaza!

This past week in San Francisco, activists from all over the country (and some from around the world) gathered to teach each other movement skills, and prepare to protest Jerry Brown’s Global Climate […]

August 2018

Necessity Defense Trial Date Set! October 8th-11th 2018

By |2018-09-20T10:54:12+00:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, Info, News|Tags: , , , , |

Lauren Regan is headed to Clearwater County MN, to argue the Necessity Defense along with co-counsel Tim Phillips of Minneapolis and Kelsey Skaggs, on behalf of brave Valve Turners, Emily and Annette Klapstein, and climate activist (and repeat CLDC client) Ben Joldersma. Two years ago they turned off 2 pipeline […]

Minnesota Supreme Court Grants Use of the Climate Necessity Defense: We Are Trial Bound!

By |2018-09-19T14:58:27+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

Update: The trial will be October 8th-11th.

In 2016, five brave individuals, now known as the Valve Turners, turned off all 4 pipelines bringing tar sands oil into the US from Canada for a day. There have already been 3 trials (with Lauren as one of the trial counsel), in Washington, […]

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