Alice Cherry

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Alice Cherry

2018 Climate Fellow
Founder of Climate Defense Project with Kelsey Skaggs

Alice Cherry 2018 Climate Fellow

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Remove barriers to nonviolent civil disobedience combating climate change by reducing legal risks and strengthening the global climate movement.


Kelsey Skaggs and Alice Cherry in front of the volunteer legal team tent at the Oceti Sakowin Camp, at Standing Rock. Photo courtesy of Climate Defense Project.
Michael Foster, Michael Hoffman, and Alice Cherry outside a North Dakota courthouse, where Mr. Foster was tried on charges stemming from a 2016 anti-pipeline protest. Photo courtesy of Climate Defense Project.

Climate Defense Project (CDP) provides legal support to the climate movement, specializing in representation of individuals arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience against fossil fuel infrastructure such as pipelines. CDP provides legal briefing on topics including the necessity defense, expert witness retention, trial preparation, attorney education, and communications consulting. Although one in six Americans are willing to engage in civil disobedience for the climate, legal support is lacking. CDP reduces barriers to participation in climate civil disobedience and amplifies its impact, supporting a just transition to clean energy and a stable climate for current and future generations.


Alice Cherry is a staff attorney at Climate Defense Project (CDP), which she co-founded in 2016. CDP is a legal nonprofit that provides advice and support to the climate movement in the United States and internationally. In 2016, Alice graduated from Harvard Law School, where she met CDP co-founders Kelsey Skaggs and Ted Hamilton. While in law school, Alice, Kelsey, and Ted filed, with other students, the first lawsuit seeking to compel a university to divest its endowment of fossil fuel stocks. Alice's work has been reported on by the Associated Press, ThinkProgress, and The New Yorker.

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