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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Environmental Law

Welcome! Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon is an amazing place to study environmental law, natural resources law, and energy law. Our environmental law program is considered one of the top environmental law programs in the country - currently ranked # 2 by the U.S. News & World Report. Check out our online brochure, newslettersLLM Environmental Law program, and the “GreenFlash” below, and you will see that our faculty, students, and alums are extraordinary. Please contact us at if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you!


GreenFlash: Updates from the Environmental Law Program



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    Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program has once again been recognized as one of the best in the country. US News and World Report recently released its annual rankings of top specialty law programs, and Lewis & Clark is ranked #2. In environmental law courses, students learn about energy law and policy, conservation of natural resources, sustainable development, global warming and more. Our passionate faculty, students, alums and staff are the heart of our program.
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    In an LA Times op-ed, Prof. Blumm argues that critics of President Obama’s monument designations are ignoring the history and scope of the act and the positive effects of monument designations on nearby communities.
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    The Lewis & Clark Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law faculty have been very busy this year. Read all the updates here.
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    The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) is in Fiji for the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). Fishermen catch more than 55% of the world’s tuna in the area managed by the WCPFC, but the WCPFC is failing to properly manage tuna and shark stocks. In fact, Pacific bluefin tuna is now at 2.6% of historic biomass.
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    Malawi recently passed new legislation that gives courts the power to sentence traders of illegal wildlife up to 30 years of imprisonment without bail.  The new National Parks & Wildlife Act (NPWA) has already curbed wildlife criminal operations and put offenders behind bars.


January 30th, 2017

  • Image preview 12:10pm - 1:10pm: 2016-2017 International Law Distinguished Visitor Lecture: “The Implications of Human Rights Law for Addressing Climate Change”

    Prof. John H. Knox of Wake Forest University School of Law will speak on the intersection of human rights and climate change at Lewis & Clark Law School. Climate change has been called the greatest threat to human rights in the twenty-first century.  The rapidly warming climate is already contributing to floods in India, droughts in southern Africa, and typhoons in the Philippines, and is threatening to displace communities from the Arctic to the South Pacific. How can a human rights perspective help to combat its worst effects?  The title of his talk is “The Implications of Human Rights Law for Addressing Climate Change.”

April 7th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: 21st Century Food Law: What’s on our Plates?
    The annual environmental law symposium this year will focus on important food related issues with panels on food labeling, food production and environmental/animal impacts, and food and health policies and ethics. Academics from across the country will write and speak on these topics, and their papers will be published in our ENVIRONMENTAL LAW journal. For more information contact REGISTRATION IS OPEN