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Homepage - Announcements: Stanford Director Wins Key Sea Turtle Protections

Publication Date: 
October 29, 2009
San Jose Mercury News

Professor Deborah Sivas, Director of the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic, is highlighted on the home page of the San Jose Mercury News for her successful work in protecting sea turtles on the California and Oregon coasts:

Director and Managing Attorney Debbie Sivas of the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford Law School has won key legal victories to protect endangered sea turtles as a founding board member of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. Among them, Sivas, of Palo Alto, and her students have successfully litigated cases to stop high seas swordfish longlining along the West Coast and to win a sea turtle conservation zone along the California and Oregon coasts. Next is a probable lawsuit against the federal government to protect endangered sea turtles that die in overseas shrimp fleets.

"Laws to prevent sea turtles from slipping into extinction have not been adequately enforced," said Sivas. "So we've found legal angles to make sure that endangered sea turtles get the protections they need and deserve."

Sivas joined the board of Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) in 1997 at the invitation of biologist and ocean activist Todd Steiner, who has been fighting to stop the slide of sea turtles to extinction for 20 years. Sivas is helping mark the Sea Turtle Restoration Network's two-decade milestone at Dave Brower Center in Berkeley on Nov. 14. Read more at