This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on April 3, 2023.
Rakim Brooks, president of the progressive Alliance for Justice, said lawyers are doing an “excellent job” of presenting public interest environmental cases before judges. “But that case would be made so much more strongly if we have people on the bench who really understood these areas of law well and can communicate that to their colleagues.”
Brooks said potential opposition from corporate interests those lawyers are sometimes at odds with in court could be keeping them from the bench.
“These are the best of the best lawyers. The idea that none of them are eligible for court in this country because a set of corporate interests are going to oppose them is bizarre,” Brooks said.