By Gale Courey Toensing
The amici curiae, or friends of the court brief, was filed on July 16 by Nader; Myles V. Lynk; Gary Marchant; Association on American Indian Affairs; Native American Rights Fund; Women’s Earth Alliance; Suzan Shown Harjo’s Morning Star Institute, and the Center for Biological Diversity.
On June 21 a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that environmental and Indian rights attorney Howard Shanker, who has worked pro bono for more than six years to prevent a ski business from using recycled human waste to make fake snow on the ski trails, acted in “bad faith,” that he “grossly abused the judicial process,” and “misled his clients” and held him “personally liable for excessive costs for unreasonably multiplying proceedings.”
The amici petitioners argue that the ruling “will have the unforeseen and deleterious effect of reducing the availability of pro bono legal representation for those most in need of such representation. All Amici Petitioners have an interest in ensuring ready access to pro bono legal representation, particularly for public interest claims in controversial, high-risk cases.”
Below: "The Hopi, Navajo and other tribes that hold the San Francisco Peaks sacred fear contamination and desecration from a wastewater-to-snow project."