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Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Welcome! Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon is an amazing place to study environmental law and natural resources law. Our environmental law program- the first in the country - is considered one of the top in the nation.   We are currently ranked # 1 (tied) by the U.S. News & World Report. Check out our online brochure, and the “GreenFlash” below, and you will see that our faculty, students, and alums are extraordinary. Scroll down for more information on events and updates. Please contact us at elaw@lclark.edu if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you!
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GreenFlash: Updates from the Environmental Law Program

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    Visiting Assistant Professor Nick Fromherz is leading a workshop in Bolivia focused on environmental conflict-resolution in the Bolivian Amazon (in a region known as “Chapare”). More >
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    Our “greenlight” is focused on recent alum, and Earthrise fellow, Lia Comerford. Lia was featured in a recent story “Judge Tells Six Flags to Look Harder” about a hearing in federal court in L.A. regarding discovery issues in a Clean Water Act case involving Six Flags Magic Mountain’s stormwater discharges into the Santa Clara river. More >
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    Lewis & Clark’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) has been hired as a partner organization to conduct a comprehensive review of Malawi’s wildlife legislation and to make recommendations for amendment to ensure that the legislation reflects current international standards for wildlife legislation.  IELP will evaluate the legislation using criteria agreed by the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and using the new Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit produced by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). More >
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    A recent Climate Daily News story features Professor Ryan’s analysis of EPA authority regarding state greenhouse gas plans. States are facing competing pressures over whether to submit plans to comply with EPA’s proposed standards to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the power sector, with many in the industry urging states to submit plans or risk strict federal mandates, while conservative critics are urging states to ignore the requirement in a bid to test the agency’s uncertain federal implementation plan (FIP) authority. Lewis & Clark Professor Erin Ryan says EPA’s FIP authority might help save the GHG rule from legal challenge since it can be used as an alternative to withholding states’ highway funds if they fail to submit SIPs. More >
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    Our greenlight is focused on recent Lewis & Clark law school alum, William McLaren, who is currently clerking for the Honorable Magistrate Judge, Paul Papak, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. William focused on environmental science and chemistry as an undergrad at University of California, Riverside. He filled us in recently on his decision to go to law school and his experience at Lewis & Clark law school. More >
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    Professor Melissa Powers, who is on sabbatical in Denmark and Spain this year, recently visited South Africa and was interviewed by Nina Oosthuizen for a story on fracking and renewable energy for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Professor Powers is the Director of the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School. More >
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    Professor Blumm’s guest opinion in the Oregonian concludes: “In this election season, in which there has been so much made of alleged corruption, the litigation over Columbia River salmon stands as an exemplary example of the state of Oregon’s adherence to principle over money. Voters should take some comfort in that fact. Sometimes the state takes — and maintains — positions that make us proud that we’re Oregonians.” More >
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    Lewis & Clark’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law program has published its fall e-newsletter. Check out all the stories and updates…. https://t.e2ma.net/message/yaudu/2hqqge
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    Lewis & Clark’s LLM and Master of Studies programs continue to attract students from around the world. This year we have students from, Cameroon, the Congo, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Israel (via Michigan), Colombia, China, and Australia as well as New York, Boston, New Orleans and more….please say “welcome to Portland!” if you see them on campus. More >
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    We are #1 for Environmental & Energy Law according to Law Street’s Law School Rankings Team. Home: Law
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    Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental Law Program tied for No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 annual rankings of law schools. The ranking was produced through a survey of faculty from across the country teaching in the environmental law field. More >

Events

April 10th, 2015

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    The annual Environmental Law symposium at Lewis & Clark in 2015 will focus on Developments in the Public Trust Doctrine and will be dedicated to the memory of Joe Sax and will honor the contributions of Hap Dunning.

    Participating academics will include Carol Rose, Richard Lazarus, Mary Wood, Hap Dunning, Gerald Torres, John Dernbach, Robin Craig, Alex Klass, Rick Frank, Dan Farber, Jim Huffman, Michael Blumm, Erin Ryan, and others.

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