Sierra Club

Sierra Club in the United States

Sierra Club in Environmental Law

An organization founded in 1892 by John Muir.

It is dedicated to environmental concerns and uses a number of methods to influence decisions: public education, lobbying, lawsuits, and involvement in administrative processes. The Sierra Club welcomes members.

The mission statement of the Sierra Club is broad: “To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.” The organization accomplishes these goals through political action committees, publication of books and a periodical, a legal defense fund, a foundation that sponsors a wide variety of activities, and an international group.
Based on “Environment and the Law. A Dictionary”.

Sierra Club: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Sierra Club. This part provides references, in relation to Sierra Club, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Sierra Club by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Sierra Club and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Sierra Club or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Sierra Club and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Sierra Club. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Sierra Club should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Sierra Club when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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