May 27, 2014
Big Moxie Alert: Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services. Seriously.
"A nonprofit law firm incubating the growth of environmental legal services for modest means clients." That's the way Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, a brand new non-profit with offices in the rustbelt's heavy industry towns of Akron and Pittsburgh, sees itself. Fair Shake is home to several youngish lawyers who seek to right a few wrongs for the little guy. We looked over the website. Unabashedly idealistic and nearly Oberlin College-level politically correct--we were fairly surprised it did not conclude each of its web pages with the iconic late 1960s Harvard Strike fist--Fair Shake seems to have been carefully planned, is well-organized and, above all, is king-hell serious. And it has "funders". One patron is The Heinz Endowments, funded with old H.J. Heinz Company family money, but not connected to the Ketchup King (now owned by Berkshire Hathaway). The rustbelt is home to many of the nation's best environmental lawyers--in air, water, hazardous waste--and they generally (read: almost always) have Fortune 500 companies as clients. Assuming the group knows what it's getting into in this particular region, Fair Shake has big ones. We wish these guys well.
Posted by JD Hull at May 27, 2014 05:14 AM