Welcome to the second in the ‘Who, What, When, Where, Why, How?’ series, which aims to introduce the mission, motivation, operations, and visions of the organization. Please feel free to comment, leave feedback, and/or contact us, and learn more about LEG at www.lawforenvgrassroots.com!
WHAT DOES LEG DO?
The mission of Law for the Environmental Grassroots (LEG) is to help strengthen the voice of the grassroots (and in turn, the larger environmental movement) by enhancing the ability of communities and organizations to access legal resources when and where they need them. To ensure that our focus is on areas identified as priority by environmental groups, and that we’re able to adapt over time to meet new challenges, we’ve developed three main focus areas:
- matching: help grassroots organizations identify their legal needs and match them with appropriate legal service providers
Law for the Environmental Grassroots (LEG) aims to be able to connect all organizations combating environmental injustices with the legal resources they need, including matching them with attorneys. We’re beginning that process by matching and referring organizations in the New York-New Jersey area and for networks with which we have established partnerships. LEG will be a tool for legal service providers as well: a lawyer/law firm unable to take a particular case would be able to refer that client to LEG, which would then match the client with another provider. We’re also building a roster of available legal and advocacy organizations that have committed to providing services, and will help oversee and manage the process. Most importantly, LEG will ensure that every organization that reaches out is respectfully heard and responded to. More information is available on the ‘Matching‘ page.
- coordinating: strengthening connections between existing legal service providers, related initiatives, and grassroots groups