Conservation Advocacy and Representation Services Program (“LCAT Legal”)
Preserving open spaces and fighting urban and suburban sprawl can feel like an uphill battle. In spite of your good intentions, determined developers and prohibitive legal costs may cause you to give up on your vision of
What is it? LCAT Legal helps by providing legal representation to organizations that conserve land—at no cost or at a reduced fee. We also act as amicus curiae (“Friend of the Court”) in important conservation cases.
How does it work? LCAT Legal offers two areas of service:
(1) Advocacy – This area focuses on direct court advocacy when it can gain standing as amicus curae, in issues of significance related to land conservation and preservation. Depending on funding, staffing and the jurisdiction involved, LCAT will (a) directly represent the interests with its own staff lawyers; (b) find willing, committed and competent outside counsel; or (c) provide a combination of (a) and (b).
(2) Representation – LCAT will provide direct legal representation to nonprofit land trust, conservation and other related organizations in formation, governance, regulatory, contract, real estate, tax and stewardship issues. Just as in the advocacy area, the services will be provided either by LCAT staff lawyers, or by outside counsel serving on appropriate pro bono panels. The services will be provided on a pro bono, reduced fee, or administrative cost only basis.
What is amicus curiae? Latin for “friend of the court,” amicus curiae may involve a group or organization with a vested interest in a particular issue. While not one of the litigants, the arguments add support by filing a brief or taking part in arguing a case.