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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Natural Resources Law and Science - Interdisciplinary Summer Course - open to non law students

Date: 1:30pm PDT July 25, 2017

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July 25 - Aug. 4, 2017; 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Dan Rohlf, Professor of Law and Of Counsel to Earthrise Law Center, is offering a unique summer course for both JD and non-JD students focused on the interaction of law and science. The class will present an interdisciplinary overview of natural resources law and policy – which also explores the interaction between law and science – that is designed to accommodate under-grads, graduate students, law students, scientists, and other professionals. The course will focus on law and policy considerations relevant to land and ecosystem management, as well as management and conservation of biodiversity. The class will also consider the challenges inherent in integrating law, policy, and science to effectively protect and manage these resources. Finally, the course will highlight issues posed by both climate change and recent political change.

This course is open to both JD and non-law students. JD students will receive 2 credits for the course. Non LC students can either audit the course, or arrange for credit to be transferred back to their institution.

Professor Dan Rohlf teaches Wildlife Law, Law, Science, and the Environment Seminar, Sustainability in Law and Business, and other courses in the law school’s environmental and natural resources program. He also works with the law school’s environmental LL.M. program, teaching the Environmental Law LL.M. Seminar. He has been at the law school since 1988.

Professor Rohlf is also a co-founder of the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, now Earthrise Law Center, the law school’s domestic environmental law clinic. Through his work with Earthrise, Dan supervises students working on administrative and judicial actions which affect the environment of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. While much of his work with the clinic focuses on protection of endangered species and their habitat – he has been involved with efforts to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin for over two decades, for example – his docket also includes cases such as defending a small community organization from a lawsuit filed by a developer in retaliation for public comments against a proposed project that would adversely a local stream.

Originally trained as a geologist, Dan’s expertise includes endangered species law and policy, wildlife law, and ecosystem management. He is also interested in the interaction of law and science, and the developing law related to efforts to make society and businesses more sustainable.

 Please contact Lucy Brehm at, 503-768-6882 with any questions, or to inquire about cost and registration.