THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES GROUP PRESENTS:
Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel
Our Children’s Trust
DATE: March 3, 2021
TIME: 4:00-5:30 PM
MEETING ID: 978 9752 3708
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Julia Olson will discuss constitutional climate lawsuits, focusing on Juliana v. United States, and the important intersection of science and constitutional law. This landmark case was filed in 2015 by twenty-one youth against the U.S. government for its affirmative actions that cause and contribute to the climate crisis and violate the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. The youth plaintiffs seek a declaration of their constitutional rights and a national, comprehensive, science-based, and just climate recovery plan. Julia will be joined by a plaintiff and they will discuss next steps as they head to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Julia Olson graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with a J.D. in 1997. She started her career at Earthjustice’s San Francisco office and then started her own law practice in the Bay Area litigating public interest environmental cases on behalf of conservation groups. She is the founder, Executive Director, and Chief Legal Counsel of Our Children’s Trust, a nonprofit public interest law firm that provides strategic, campaign-based legal services to youth from diverse backgrounds to secure their legal rights to a safe climate. Julia is lead counsel in Juliana v. United States, a constitutional rights lawsuit brought by twenty-one youth against the U.S. government.