Advocates for the West is a public interest, nonprofit environmental law firm that protects and defends the West’s natural treasures and wildlife. Based in Boise, ID with an office in Portland, OR, we provide free legal services to conservation organizations and concerned citizens across the West.
Founded in 2003 by Yale Law School graduate Laird J. Lucas, our team is small but effective. Advocates for the West consistently wins or favorably settles 85% of our cases. We are a proven performer in the federal court of law for conservation values treasured by Americans across the nation yet so deeply threatened by a powerful few.
Our mission is to win for our public lands, water and wildlife — preserving the American West now, and into the future.
Advocates for the West provides nimble, strategic and professional legal support for threatened and often under-represented ecosystems and species — always looking for a breaking opportunity, yet steadfastly focused on long-term priorities.
From sage-grouse to salmon, our legal team gives voice to the fish and wildlife that make our public lands and waterways far richer than the extraordinary scenery they hold. And we protect the precious places these native species call home. It’s how the West is won.