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For Immediate Release: League files Amicus Curiae Brief in Federal Climate Case

September 7, 2017 / Sarah Andrews / Climate Change

League files Amicus Curiae Brief in Federal Climate Case

The League of Women Voters stands with the Children in Federal Court to address Climate Change

September 6, 2017

Norman Turrill, President, LWV of Oregon,, 503-807-4863

Washington, DC and Eugene, Oregon – Today the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) joined the League of Women Voters United States (LWVUS) to file a Amici Curiae in Opposition to Writ of Mandamus (League of Women Voters).

The Leagues support the 21 young people from across the United States who have filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government, via the Eugene, Oregon- based organization, Our Children’s Trust. The complaint asserts that, in causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.

This is the League’s second ‘Juliana vs U.S. Plaintiffs’ amicus brief and is in direct response to the current petition for writ mandamus filed by the Federal government June 9 2017. (US government’s petition for writ of mandamus to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)

From the Brief; “The courts have a duty to safeguard individuals’ rights where the other branches have failed to do so. These Youth Plaintiffs are reliant on the judicial branch to declare their rights, and the District Court is the proper venue to develop the case record and decide the merits of these “vitally important issues.”

The League is proud to join 30 other organizations today and 63 Law professors who have signed Amici Curiae in Opposition to Writ of Mandamus briefs. Groups Supporting Plaintiffs in Juliana v. U.S. Urge Dismissal of Trump’s Mandamus Petition

Crag Law Center is a client-focused nonprofit law center that supports community efforts to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy. Crag is representing the League of Women Voters of the United States and League of Women Voters of Oregon in their roles as amici curiae in the case.


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