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Earthrise Law Center is a team of impassioned attorneys working to achieve targeted environmental improvement while teaching the next generation of advocates to do the

Since 1996, Earthrise Law Center has represented citizen-activists and nonprofit organizations in virtually the entire spectrum of environmental and natural resources law, from protecting endangered species and ecosystems to preventing and reducing air and water pollution. Because of our achievements, Earthrise has been named one of the “winningest” legal clinics in the nation by National Jurist and nominated this year for the prestigious American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Environmental Achievement.

Based at Lewis & Clark Law School, Earthrise simultaneously trains students through direct involvement in complex litigation, negotiation and practical advocacy. Over the past twenty years, Earthrise has trained over 350 attorneys, many of whom have gone on to make substantial contributions as advocates and leaders of local, regional, and national environmental organizations, governments, legal offices, and private firms.

Founded in 1996 by Dan Rohlf, Craig Johnston, and Nicole Cordan, Earthrise has steadily grown over the past decade to its current staff of 9 attorneys and two administrative staff. To reflect this growth and nationwide focus, in 2012 the Center changed its name from the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center to Earthrise Law Center.

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