Strip-Mining and Grassroots Resistance in Appalachia: Community Lawyering for Environmental Justice

38 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2009 Last revised: 24 Jun 2014

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Dean Hill Rivkin

University of Tennessee College of Law

Chris Irwin

United Mountain Defense

Anne Passino

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Environmental justice campaigns have been a dynamic feature of public interest lawyering for over four decades. These community lawyers, sensitive to the democratic imperatives of their grassroots clients, employ a viscous blend of legal and nonlegal strategies to achieve their clients’ aims. This article is the story of an environmental justice campaign, still being waged, in the Appalachian mountains of east Tennessee. The campaign seeks to halt the destructive practice of mountaintop removal strip-mining for coal through the deployment of traditional litigation and more unconventional extrajudicial strategies, both of which are designed to build the voices and power of the groups and communities opposed to mountaintop removal. This case study places this 'local' struggle in the context of emerging new public interest lawyering.

Keywords: environment, environmental justice,public interest law, strip-mining, coal

Suggested Citation

Rivkin, Dean Hill and Irwin, Chris and Passino, Anne, Strip-Mining and Grassroots Resistance in Appalachia: Community Lawyering for Environmental Justice. LA Journal of Public Interest Law, Vol. 1, No. 2; University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 85; NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 09/10 #7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1478549

Dean Hill Rivkin (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee College of Law ( email )

1505 West Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States
865.974.1481 (Phone)

Chris Irwin

United Mountain Defense ( email )

POB 20363
Knoxville, TN 37920
United States

HOME PAGE: http://unitedmountaindefense.org

Anne Passino

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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