Public Justice marshals the skills and resources of over 3,000 of the nation’s top lawyers to fight for justice through precedent-setting and socially significant litigation. We are involved in a broader range of cutting-edge, high-impact litigation than any law firm in the country – battling for consumers’ rights, workers’ rights, civil rights and civil liberties, environmental protection, public health and safety, and access to the courts.
the access to justice campaign
Our Access to Justice Campaign is designed to expose, challenge, and defeat the assault now taking place on the right to a day in court. The attacks are taking place on numerous fronts in numerous fashions, but they all serve a common objective: closing the courthouse doors so victims can’t hold the powerful accountable. The Access to Justice Campaign fights them, including federal preemption, mandatory arbitration, class action bans and abuses, outrageous court secrecy, and assaults on the Constitution.
Public Justice produces an array of publications, including books, newsletters, articles, brochures and special reports. Most Public Justice publications can be accessed for free online; others are available for a nominal cost.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
In addition to reports about our cutting-edge cases, the Public Justice Foundation's Annual Meeting features some of the top news- and decision-makers in the public interest community. Our roster of keynote speakers reads like a Who's Who in the public interest community, including Morris Dees, Jesse Jackson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and California Attorney General Jerry Brown.
Open to the public, the Annual Meeting is held each year in conjunction with the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Summer Convention.
Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner is a popular summer stop for trial lawyers and the public interest community. It is there that the finalists for the nationally prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award are feted and the winner is announced. Supporters can also test their bargaining skills in our lively live auction. Invariably, the Annual Gala makes for an elegant, fun and inspiring evening.
Every year, Public Justice proudly presents its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award to the attorney or legal team who made the greatest contibution to the public interest within the past year by trying or settling a socially significant case.
The winners, feted at our annual Gala and Awards Dinner, are chosen for an extraordinary victory in the public interest. Winners, finalists and their cases are profiled in our annual publication, Trial Lawyers Doing Public Justice.
The Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest
invites students from every accredited U.S. law school to put their knowledge, research skills, writing abilities, imagination and wit into an essay on a timely environmental issue. The winning essayist wins a cash prize, a trip to Public Justice’s annual meeting, and publication in the Vermont Law School’s online Journal of Environmental Law.
Whether in keynote speeches, panel discussions, legal articles, media interviews or on the Internet, our staff members and activists work to keep the public aware of the civil justice system’s vital role and how Public Justice’s impact litigation helps keep America’s courthouse doors open for everyone. Read more about scheduled speaking engagements, articles and testimony by the Public Justice staff and leaders.