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Juliana V. United States of America: A Morning With

Juliana v. United States of America:
A Morning with Youth Plaintiff Vic Barrett and Counsel Andrea Rodgers

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 Non-Members
Non-Lawyers please call Customer Relations to register at (212) 382-6663

In 2015, 21 youth plaintiffs filed suit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in the District of Oregon alleging that the U.S. government had violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property through its actions to allow and encourage fossil fuel production and other activities that give rise to climate change. The plaintiffs also alleged a failure by the U.S. government to protect essential public trust resources. The case, Juliana v. U.S., has galvanized youth climate activists, with thousands adding their names to the "Young People's Amicus Brief." It has also emerged as a cutting edge case, establishing the concept of "atmospheric trust litigation" and finding traction at all levels of federal court. 

One of the lead plaintiffs in the case, Vic Barrett, will speak at the program. He will explore the genesis of the youth plaintiffs' involvement in the case, as well as his own story about how climate change has impacted and will continue to impact his life, and about how he came to see litigation as a powerful advocacy tool. Andrea Rodgers, who serves as counsel to the youth plaintiffs as part of the team at Our Children's Trust, will then give a remote presentation during which she will review the basis for the constitutional claims made in the case, as well as its history and current procedural standing. The event is open to the public and both Vic and Andrea will take audience questions.

This is a Climate Week NYC Affiliate Event.

Vic Barrett, Youth Plaintiff, Juliana v. United States 
Andrea Rodgers, Senior Staff Attorney, Our Children's Trust

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Environmental Law Committee | Amy Turner & Kevin Healy, Co-Chairs

Related Resource:
If you are interested in this program, you might also be interested in these City Bar resources:

Support for the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2018
Transition Letter to President-Elect Trump Regarding Environmental and Energy Policy
Report on the New York City Bar Association’s Program on Opportunities to Raise Public Awareness about Climate Change and the Need for Action

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