Public Justice

Opening its doors in 1982, Public Justice is a leading national nonprofit legal advocacy organization that conducts cutting-edge litigation in the public interest to effect systemic change. Our mission statement follows: “Public Justice pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses.”

With its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and a West Coast office in Oakland, California, Public Justice fulfills its mission by litigating a diverse docket of cases in federal and state courts. Specializing in socially significant and precedent-setting litigation, Public Justice was formed by a group of plaintiffs’ lawyers and represents individuals and organizations across the country. With a multi-pronged focus on litigation, advocacy, and education, Public Justice has an impressive track record of winning critical legal precedents that enable the pursuit of justice through the civil court system and beyond.

Our history of developing effective advocacy strategies to counter corporate and government misconduct has helped us operate on the vanguard in response to more recent attacks on civil liberties, consumers’ and workers’ rights, and the environment. Early victories included a potent campaign to end mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia and a series of cases, under federal Title IX law, to end gender discrimination in college athletic programs.

Today, our eight practice areas include the following:

1) Access to Justice, 2) Consumers’ Rights, 3) Workers’ Rights, 4) Anti-Bullying Campaign, 5) Environmental Enforcement Project, 6) Food Project, 7) Gender and Sexual Violence, and 8) Qualified Immunity Project, our newest practice area, which aims to raze barriers to competent legal representation and court remedies due to the overly broad application of immunity from civil litigation extended to government officials.

Public Justice’s Qualified Immunity Project is made possible in part with the partnership of the Justice Catalyst.