Going to Court to Defend the Coast from Harm
To paraphrase our good friends and colleagues at EarthJustice, “Sometimes the coast needs a really good lawyer.” The American Littoral Society works to protect the coast through conservation, advocacy and education, but the reality is that sometimes others are intent on doing things that are not in the best interest of a healthy coast – or legal! When that happens, we go to court to defend the coast from harm because laws need to be respected and enforced if they are going to achieve the goals set when they are enacted.
Often, we go to court to defend the environmental laws protecting the coast from special interests such as developers or industrial polluters who want to overturn the law itself--fighting in court a battle they have already lost in the legislature.
We seek the court’s intervention both at the state level and at the federal level. The law is an important tool to protect the environment and we are aided by capable, experienced lawyers with a passion for defending the coast.
In many cases, our efforts have set precedents that protected clean water, public access and coastal habitats beyond the initial cases. We most often appear as “friends of the court,” offering our expertise on coastal issues. In recognition of the experience of our attorneys, we have even been invited by the Supreme Court to participate in important cases.