Nine Congresspersons Demand the Department of Justice to Immediately Release Steven Donziger
“The Biden administration must send a clear signal that it stands with communities harmed by pollution and environmental destruction and the lawyers courageous enough to represent them and not the corporations.”
Law Students For Climate Accountability : Student Boycott of Gibson Dunn
On December 2nd 2021, members of Law Students For Climate Accountability (LSCA) launched a nationwide call for law students to boycott the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. In a public sign-on letter and a video announcement, students described the boycott as a response to Gibson Dunn’s work shielding corporate polluters from climate accountability
Congressional Letter to the U.S. Attorney General Asks For Intervention in Donziger Case
On April 27, 2021, Members of Congress sent an urgent letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asking that the Department of Justice reassert jurisdiction over and review the Donziger case out of concerns that the legal case was tied to his previous work against Chevron.
Nobel Laureates Demand Justice for Donziger
On May 4th, 2021, 68 Nobel Laureates also sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General asking that the Department of Justice intervene. In November of 2020, 55 Nobel Laureates demanded judicial authorities end the persecution of Donziger and asked that he be released from house
A Private Company’s Agenda Is Driving Donziger Case
Esteemed litigator William W. Taylor, III asks the Department of Justice to review the case against Donziger, arguing that Chevron’s agenda is driving the enforcement of Federal criminal law in a 22 page letter.
Monitoring Committee Demands Fair Trials
The Donziger Case Monitoring Committee (DCMC) launched in August of 2020 to ensure that the trials of the human rights lawyer in U.S. federal courts are conducted in a way that upholds due process, judicial ethics and the rule of law. Prior to the start of the trial, Judge Preska denied the monitors’ request for audio access to the proceedings. Read more here.
Video of Oil Spill Shows Extensive Environmental Damage
This video, courtesy Amazon Watch, shows the extent of the oil pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon the size of Rhode Island. Indigenous peoples and rural farmers continue to suffer devastating health conditions from the toxic oil waste.
Criminal Charges in Contempt Case Are Excessive
Former U.S. district judges, Nancy Gertner and Mark Bennett, raise questions about the prosecution of Donziger and argue that“without the exercise of due care, one judge could be playing the role of prosecutor, judge and jury in the same case - something that would put due process of law at grave risk,” in this Law 360 opinion piece.
Law Students Announce Boycott of Chevron Law Firm
Students from 52 leading law schools, including Harvard and NYU, boycott Seward and Kissel’s recruiting for the “unethical private” prosecution of Donziger.