The Crag Law Center was founded in the summer of 2001 with the primary purpose of building the capacity of so many other dedicated individuals and organizations striving to create positive change. Since 2001, Crag has represented over 130 different conservation organizations, community groups and Tribes.
Our Board of Directors generously donate their time to help make the Crag Law Center a reality. Currently, Crag’s staff includes five staff attorneys, two legal fellows, a development director and a part-time development and administrative assistant.
As community-based lawyers, we do more than sue. We help our clients and partners understand the complex legal landscape and identify a set of tools to help them achieve their goals for a healthy environment and a sustainable future. Many of our grassroots partners face challenges against well-funded corporations with large teams of attorneys. Crag advocates for those who might not otherwise have a voice in decisions that directly affect their frontline communities. We take on the cases that others often overlook, including cases that have no possibility of recovering attorneys’ fees. In each of the last two years, we have provided approximately 10,000 hours of free and low-cost legal services with a market value of around $2.8 million.
By nature, Crag’s work is long-term. Our strategy is to push back against the erosion of environmental protections on public lands, elevate the voices of Tribes and other traditionally underrepresented groups, and advance climate policy that will preserve the prosperity and safety of generations to come. We aim to make our environmental laws work for everyone, support civic engagement, and hold decision-makers accountable for land management and environmental protections.
Currently, the Crag Law Center’s attorneys are admitted to the state and federal bars in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The Crag Law Center is an Oregon non-profit corporation exempt from taxation pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If you would like more information about how the Crag Law Center can provide assistance, please contact us directly.