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The Christic Institute was a liberal public interest law firm founded in 1980 by Daniel Sheehan , his wife, Sara Nelson and their partner, William J. Davis , who was a Jesuit priest. Its headquarters were based in Washington, D.C. with several offices in other major United States cities, such as San Francisco, California.
The institute first gained national prominence in a successful lawsuit against the Kerr-McGee Nuclear Power Company , representing Karen Silkwood, a battle that was later made into the motion picture, Silkwood.
The law firm's most high-profile case was its involvement in suing CIA officials and ex-officials who it claimed were involved in the Iran-Contra scandal of the mid-1980s. The Christic Institute respresented two journalists, Tony Avirgan and Martha Honey involving the La Penca bombing in Nicaragua.
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