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Faces of Public Justice

Francisco Castaneda

Francisco Castaneda

Francisco Castaneda's detention in an immigration facility cost him his life.  Public Justice took up his fight against a federal system fast becoming a warehouse of medical neglect.

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Jaye Flood

When she raised concerns about gender inequality at her university, acclaimed volleyball coach Jaye Flood was greeted with consternation and reprisal.  Public Justice successfully sued Florida Gulf Coast University for retaliation and defamation.

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How to Submit a Potential Case

If you have or know of a potential case that might be appropriate for Public Justice, please read the information below for guidance. Please note that information found on this site is not legal advice. Viewing this site or sending an e-mail to an address listed on this site does not establish an attorney-client relationship. The only way to become a client of Public Justice is through mutual agreement. The following sections explain how we evaluate requests for legal assistance, and how to submit a request.

Reviewing Potential Cases

Public Justice weighs a variety of factors when determining whether to become involved in a potential case, but our primary consideration is the potential public interest impact of the case. Public Justice's cases typically involve suits against irresponsible corporations, the government, or powerful individuals for outrageous conduct that has resulted in injury.

Public Justice DOES NOT generally handle administrative law cases, criminal defense work, other defensive litigation, or cases that private lawyers would routinely pursue. If a client is already represented by an attorney in a case, Public Justice will not talk with that client about representation unless the attorney consents.

The ideal Public Justice case would involve socially significant, precedent-setting issues, require the skills of a trial lawyer or other dedicated attorney, be economically and logistically manageable, and have a reasonable prospect of success. Of course, a case does not have to be ideal for Public Justice to pursue it.

Submitting Potential Cases

If you have or know of a potential case that might be appropriate for Public Justice, please submit a brief letter containing your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if you have one), and a summary of the case. Note: you must provide your name, address, and telephone number even if you submit your potential case by email.

Be sure to make clear who you want to sue, why you want to sue them, what you want to sue them for, when the key events happened, and why you think the case will serve the public interest. Feel free to include any other relevant information and, if possible, identify any imminent deadlines. You can mail, fax, or email us your letter at the following: 

Public Justice
Case Intake
1825 K Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20006

Fax: 202-232-7203


National Headquarters: 1825 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006 | ph: 202-797-8600 | fax: 202-232-7203
West Coast Office: 555 12th Street, Suite 1620, Oakland, CA 94607 | ph: 510-622-8150 | fax: 510-622-8155