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The Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) is a 501(c)(3) organization engaged in strategic litigation, policy research, and public education on important energy and environmental issues. Primarily through its strategic litigation efforts, E&E Legal seeks to address and correct onerous federal and state governmental actions that negatively impact energy and the environment. E&E Legal advocates responsible resource development, sound science, respect for property rights, and a commitment to markets as it holds accountable those who seek excessive and destructive government regulation that’s based on agenda-driven policy making, junk science, and hysteria.
Historyback to top
E&E Legal was founded in 2010 under a different name to promote free market environmentalism, and it has enjoyed tremendous success for a small organization. Hard-core environmentalist activists like the Natural Resources Defense Council have been highly effective for years in utilizing the court system to enact policy, affect change, and generate significant exposure for their cause. The same opportunities exist for those who advocate a free-market approach, and we have an impressive track record in the courts despite being significantly overmatched by those promoting more regulation, and government-based solutions. In September 2013, E&E Legal’s Board of Directors voted to to refine its focus primarily to the area of strategic litigation, and to change its name in order to reflect more accurately its work in the legal arena.
What We Doback to top
Strategic Litigation is the cornerstone of E&E Legal, which is accomplished through two practice areas: Petition Litigation (lawsuits) and Transparency (FOIA filings). Its legal activities are dedicated to originating and supporting actions to protect against government overreach, restore a healthy relationship between responsibility to the environment and the free market essential to its protection, and to secure the Constitutional and other fundamental rights of citizens.
Policy research is critical to accomplishing the goals of E&E Legal. Reports and documents authored by its policy professionals and stable of fellow and advisors are used primarily to bolster E&E Legal’s litigation efforts. Examples include expert witness testimony, and the production of policy papers supporting a particular case.
Finally, E&E Legal is committed to public education. It employs an active and aggressive Communications practice that utilizes milestones in the legal process, research documents produced by its experts, and an ongoing participation in the public policy debate to garner significant media exposure for further its mission. E&E Legal also produces and distributes a quarterly newsletter, E&E Legal Letters, that highlights recent significant developments, and features an informative and timely article by Dr. David Schnare that is related to a current case.
The Teamback to top
E&E Legal is governed by a five member Board of Directors. They provide invaluable oversight, strategic direction, and vision for the organization.
E&E Legal is administered by the Senior Leadership team, who are a veteran professionals, each bringing a unique perspective for their given portfolio. Dr. David Schnare, is the General Counsel of E&E Legal, and brings 33 years of Environmental Protection Agency experience to the group. Senior Fellow Chris Horner, a national leader in transparency cases, leads E&E Legal’s FOIA efforts. Tom Tanton, with 40 years of energy technology and legislative experience, is the Director of Science & Technology, heads up E&E Legal’s policy shop. Washington veteran Craig Richardson, with nearly thirty years of communications and campaign experience, serves as Executive Director, and in addition to managing day-to-day operations, oversees communication outreach efforts.
E&E Legal is supported by a strong bench of Fellows & Advisors, whose expertise in legal, energy, environment, and media brings a fresh and credible foundation to the organization. They are called upon to assist with specific cases, produce research and studies, and promote the effort of the organization.