Lawyering for Climate and Environmental Justice

Advocates for climate and environmental justice rely on a diverse set of advocacy tools, from direct action to political organizing to lawsuits. Hear from an expert in environmental law and litigation on how lawyers use their skills to help advance the clean energy revolution and protect environmental justice communities. Learn about the day-to-day work of public interest lawyering, what skills and background are useful, and some stories from the front lines of the nation’s biggest environmental legal battles. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.  

About the Speaker

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Jan Hasselman
Senior Attorney, Earthjustice

Jan Hasselman is a senior attorney with the national non-profit Earthjustice, where he has worked since 1998. Based in Seattle, Jan brings legal actions in courts and administrative agencies on behalf of communities, organizations, and Tribes to protect the environment and advance climate justice. He served as lead attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the historic fight against the Dakota Access pipeline and led the legal fight against coal export proposals in the Pacific Northwest.

Environmental Speaker Series

The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.

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