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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 by the U.S. News & World Report. Check out our online brochure, newslettersLL.M. in Environmental Law, our Master of Studies in Environmental Law, 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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    Prof. Blumm’s Op-Ed in LA Times: “The Trump administration, aided by a willing but slim majority in Congress, began to comprehensively dismantle public lands protections in 2017. The regulatory results were fairly astonishing. They amount to an unprecedented rollback of conservation norms that date back to Theodore Roosevelt, who made the preservation of natural resources national policy more than a century ago.” 
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    The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) at Lewis & Clark Law School prepared a legal opinion that helped trigger an international investigation to determine whether Japan is illegally trading in the meat of sei whales. Based on IELP’s legal opinion and other information, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took an important step toward ending Japan’s domestic sale of sei whale meat by agreeing to investigate Japan’s trade in sei whales.
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    Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School interviewed with Washington Post on the dismissal of charges against Cliven Bundy and the possibility of future confrontations on public lands.
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    Lewis & Clark Law student, Nick Tealer, externed at Orange County Coastkeeper in San Diego last summer. Nick said “Over the summer, I worked on multiple cases stemming from the Clean Water Act, while acquiring skills necessary to become an effective environmental attorney. It was beneficial to see the various stages that are involved with a Clean Water Act citizen enforcement suit ranging from the submittal of a 60-day notice of violation letter, to performing on-site inspections of previous defendants OCCK has settled with.”
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    Prof. Chris Wold, in Manila for fisheries meetings, sent an update on Lewis & Clark Law School alums working in international environmental law.


February 4th, 2018

  • All Day: Apply Now! Krista Koehl and Steven Manas Memorial Scholarships (Deadline: Feb 4)
    There are two environmentally focused scholarships available, the Krista Koehl Scholarship (female student with environmental law focus) and Steven Manas Memorial Scholarship (commitment to environmental protection). The deadline is Sunday, February 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Please direct all questions to Libby Davis.

April 6th, 2018

  • All Day: Environmental Law Under Trump - Spring Symposium
    President Trump is reshaping environmental law and policy. From withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, to threats to reverse the national monument status for certain public lands,Trump’s presidency foreshadows drastic changes in the role of the federal government in addressing pressing environmental challenges.The 2018 environmental law symposium at Lewis & Clark Law School will address some of the legal issues at stake in a Trump presidency and administration. We will request 6 general CLE credits from the Oregon State Bar.