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Clinical Professor/Staff Attorney; Exempt

Earthrise Law Center (Earthrise) at Lewis & Clark Law School

Work with a public interest environmental law firm that National Jurist magazine has called one of the “winningest” legal clinics in the nation! Earthrise is the domestic environmental law clinic at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, which is consistently ranked as having one of the best environmental law programs in the country. The clinic trains motivated and energetic law students by providing them with opportunities for direct involvement in legal work on complex environmental and natural resource issues. Earthrise’s clients are cutting-edge, sophisticated public interest organizations; its docket includes both regionally and nationally significant cases aimed at protecting the environment and establishing positive legal precedents for conservation. Earthrise’s staff is dynamic, dedicated, hard-working, team-oriented and fun. Earthrise has a full docket of exciting and complex litigation covering a broad spectrum of environmental laws. To learn more about Earthrise’s efforts check out:

Lewis and Clark Law School is located adjacent to a 650-acre forested state park in Portland, Oregon, which is consistently recognized as one of the most livable and bike-friendly cities in the nation. The Cascade Mountains, the Pacific Coast, and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge are all less than a two-hour drive from Portland.

Duties & Responsibilities of a Professor/Attorney

The person who assumes this position will represent public interest environmental organizations in complex environmental and natural resource law litigation. This representation includes: formulating litigation strategy; interacting with clients, opposing counsel and the media; drafting and filing court documents; and appearing before courts and administrative bodies. The Professor/Attorney instructs and supervises law students in all phases of the administrative process and/or litigation. The Professor/Attorney participates with other Earthrise staff in weekly class discussion of ongoing cases and ethical and professional responsibilities, contributes to the organization’s fundraising efforts, and contributes to the organization’s administrative tasks. The Professor/Attorney will have opportunities to participate as a member of the instructional faculty in academic activities in Lewis & Clark’s environmental law program, as well as activities of the broader law school community. The ideal candidate will foster cooperative working relationships, collaborate effectively with other Earthrise attorneys, have an excellent work ethic, and have a good sense of humor.

Qualification Standards

A J.D. from an accredited law school plus at least three years and preferably five or more years of litigation experience in the field of environmental law; either membership in the Oregon Bar or a willingness to waive in or take the earliest bar examination; and an ability to work well alone and with others. A strong interest in teaching and working with law students is also required. Preferred qualifications include experience in litigation involving pollution control laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The starting salary is competitive with other public interest organizations and is commensurate with experience. Lewis & Clark also offers an excellent benefits package. Interested persons should send cover letter, resume, list of references, writing sample (or citation to published article(s)), and statement of teaching philosophy to Doreen Corwin, Director of Law Faculty Services, preferably as an email attachment to, or by mail to her at Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 SW Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland, OR 97219. Deadline for submission is September 10, 2014; early application is encouraged. For more information on Lewis & Clark Law School, please visit our web site at

 We would like the successful applicant to start as soon as possible, consistent with his or her pre-existing obligations, but certainly by the end of 2014. In furtherance of the Law School’s commitment to a diverse faculty, we especially encourage applications from women, racial minorities, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.