Environmental Justice Workshop (EJW)
The Environmental Justice Workshop (EJW) is a working group within Students for Environmental and Economic Justice (SEEJ), a student organization dedicated to the just and equitable distribution of environmental and economic benefits and burdens for communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. SEEJ is committed to the strategic use of legal tools to strengthen grassroots organizing and to build community power. EJW provides an opportunity for first-year law students to work in teams with second- and third-year students to provide pro bono legal assistance to local grassroots environmental justice and international watchdog organizations. Students engage with issues that are local, national, and international in scope, including issues related to climate change, sustainable economic development, food justice, international finance and development, land use and permitting, and energy policy. EJW’s current projects include:
EJW – COMMUNITY FOOD ENTERPRISE
The EJW Community Food Enterprise ("Legal Eats") works with the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and the Green-Collar Communities Clinic (GC3) to provide legal support and counseling to small-scale food enterprises serving low-income communities in Northern California. Each semester, students research and present on discrete topics at the Legal Eats Workshop which provides an overview of critical legal issues faced by community food enterprises and connects participants with local organizations to support their needs. Later in the semester, students engage with clients who participated in the workshop and are seeking legal guidance for their enterprises. Students interview clients, conduct legal research on issues identified through the interviews, and lead in-person client consultations, with attorney supervision and assistance.
EJW – KARUK-BERKELEY COLLABORATIVE
Karuk Berkeley Collaborative (KBC) facilitates collective action on social justice projects between members of the University of California-Berkeley community, including Berkeley Law, and the Karuk Tribe in Northern California. Our legal work includes initiatives that enhance the eco-cultural revitalization of the people and landscapes within Karuk ancestral lands and territories, as well as supporting related environmental and social justice projects.
We are grateful to our supporters listed below:
EJW Community Food Enterprise (Legal Eats)
David B. Oppenheimer