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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Careers & Alumni

The profession of environmental and natural resources law offers exciting opportunities for Lewis and Clark Law graduates, over a thousand of whom have gone on to interesting careers across the United States and all over the world.

The field is vast. Most of our graduates work in private law firms, government agencies, and nonprofit offices. Some work for international organizations; others teach environmental law in colleges or law schools. Some graduates find themselves in exciting non-traditional careers.

Here are only a few examples of what our graduates are doing in the environmental and natural resources field.

Public interest litigation, policy work, lobbying and legislation

Andrea Lang (JD ’15, LLM ’16) is a policy analyst with the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Harsh Bhati LLM ’16, is the Legal Research Associate for the Environment Support Group in Bangalore India.

Jonah Sandford ’15, is the Executive Director of the Deschutes River Alliance. 

Alexis Andiman ’13, is an Associate in Earthjustice’s Northeast office, where she is focusing on sustainable food and farming issues.

Andy Erickson ’13, is a the Alaska Representative for Defenders of Wildlife.  As part of the Forests for Wildlife Initiative, Andy focuses on maintaining ecological integrity and implementing conservation strategies on the nation’s two largest national forests, the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

Maggie Hall ’13 is a Staff Attorney at the Environmental Defense Center in California. Before joining EDC, Maggie worked at Los Angeles Waterkeeper.

Jenny Loda ’12, is a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity in Oakland, California, where she works to protect rare amphibians and reptiles across the country.

Marla Nelson ’12 joined WildEarth Guardians in 2015 as the Rewilding Attorney. Her work focuses on developing strategic legal advocacy to reclaim places for the wild and reconnect wildlife habitat and waterways across the American West. 

Andrew Bowman LLM ’04, is the President of the Land Trust Alliance.

Stephanie Parent ’92, is a Senior Attorney with the Environmental Health program at the Center for Biological Diversity in Portland. 

Karl Anuta ’85, a partner in the Portland firm of Sokol and Anuta, has set numerous legal precedents as lead counsel in water and forest law cases.

Nina Bell ’91, is executive director of Northwest Environmental Advocates.

Kacky Andrews works for The Nature Conservancy as the Director of Conservation Programs for the North America Region.

Julie Carter is a Policy Analyst at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

Kristen Fletcher LL.M. ’98, is the former Executive Director of the Coastal States Organization, representing the environmental interests of the governors of 35 coastal states in Congress.

Steven Kallick ’83, is the director of the International Lands Conservation for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia.

Rob Lothrop ’81, is the Manager of Policy Development and Litigation Support for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, where he has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing fish and wildlife measures in the Columbia River Basin.

Jon Lovvorn LL.M. ’01, is vice-president and chief counsel for Animal Protection Litigation & Research for The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C. 

Law firms

Stephanie Grant (’15), is an Associate in the Litigation Department at Tonkon Torp in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Mary Beck Briscoe, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Stephanie worked on a number of civil and criminal matters, including administrative, environmental, employment, civil rights, and Federal Arbitration Act cases.  

Kent van Alstyne (’15) joined the southwest Washington law firm of Phillips Burgess. Prior to joining Phillips Burgess, he was a staff attorney with the Pierce County Housing Justice Project. During law school, van Alstyne was a full-time law clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a law clerk for the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and a summer intern for a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. 

Laura Kerr ’14, is an Associate at Perkins Coie in the Portland, Oregon office. She works with issues involving environmental litigation, environmental permitting, and regulatory and compliance matters under state and federal environmental laws. Prior to joining the legal profession, Laura had a career as a researcher and educator in environmental science.  

Nick Lawton ’13, joined Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks in D.C. as an Associate in September 2015, where he is focused on cases advocating for protection of wildlife and natural resources. 

Meredith Price ’13, is an Associate at Perkins Coie in the Portland, Oregon office. Meredith previously clerked for the Hon. D. Brooks Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Hon. Michael H. Simon, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

Adrienne Thompson ’13, is an Associate at Troutman Sanders in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Adrienne served as the 2014-2016 Energy Law Scholar and Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) Research Associate at George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C.

Paula Brosnahan LLM, specialises in environmental, planning and resource management law at Chapman Tripp in New Zealand.

Heidi Hughes Bumpers ’81, is counsel at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where she litigates RCRA enforcement cases, Superfund and natural resource damage cases, and EPCRA, OSHA, and asbestos enforcement actions.

Steve Doherty ’84, is a partner in Smith, Doherty & Belcourt, PC in Great Falls, Montana. He also serves as the governor-appointed chair of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.

Jeff Fereday ’80, is a senior practitioner in the natural resources, environmental and energy group at the Boise, Idaho law firm of Givens Pursley LLP, where he represents municipal water suppliers, industrial clients, irrigators, land developers, mining companies and non-profit organizations in issues relating to environmental law, water rights, endangered species, wetlands, mining and public lands.

Jerry Fish ’82, is a partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon, where he handles cases relating to oil and gas exploration and storage, hydroelectric project relicensing and compliance, and mining for gold, silver, copper, coal and industrial minerals.

Craig Trueblood ’85, is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Preston Gates and Ellis, where he provides counsel for a diverse group of corporate and government clients in the areas of environmental, land use and real estate law

James Martin ’81, joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. as senior counsel in June of 2013. Jim was the Regional Administrator for the U.S. EPA, and prior to that the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources under Governor Ritter.


Governor Kate Brown ’85, is the Governor of the State of Oregon.

Josh Fortenberry ’16, is an Honors Attorney with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington D.C.

Logan Hollers LLM is the Legislative Assistant for U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, representing Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. The core issue areas he works on include the environment, energy, and agriculture.

Brandon Kline (JD ’15 and LLM ’16) was selected to be a Presidential Leadership Scholar, joining the second class of a leadership development initiative that draws on the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. 

Nidhi Thakar ’08, Obama Administration appointee as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. She also currently serves as President of the D.C chapter of the Women’s Energy Network, Chair of the Energy Bar Association’s Renewable Energy Committee, and sits on the board for the Center for American Politics and Citizenship

Parks Gilbert LL.M. ’13, works as an attorney at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). AFWA is the professional trade association for the 50 state fish and wildlife conservation agencies. 

Liv Brumfield ’13, works for Congressman Earl Blumenauer ’76 as his district representative on environmental, natural resources, energy, agriculture, and animal welfare issues. Prior to joining the Congressman’s team, she worked as a staff attorney at Advocates for the West, a public interest environmental law firm, where she focused on cases advocating for protection of public lands and wildlife. 

Margi Lifsey ’00, is the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Sustainability Program Manager.

Kathryn Kempton LLM ’08 is an Attorney-Advisor at the Southwest Regional office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Ryan Anderson is Deputy Regional Environmental Counsel for the U.S. Navy.

Phil Schiliro ’81, joined Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as director of the Washington, D.C., office. Following the election, he served as director of the Congressional Liaison Office for President Obama’s transition team before being named as an assistant to the president and director of legislative affairs for the White House. In 2011, Schiliro moved from the Office of Legislative Affairs to a new position as a special advisor to the president, where he served through Fall of 2011.Peter Monson ’82, was the Assistant Section Chief of the Indian Resources Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before his retirement, he successfully litigated numerous and complex lawsuits involving water rights, hunting and fishing rights, land claims, mineral and oil and gas issues, Indian gaming, environmental issues involving Indian lands and natural resources, and defense of federal agency actions.

John Shurts ’83, is the General Counsel in the Legal Division of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, a unique Congressionally-established organization that helps the Pacific Northwest states make critical decisions that balance the multiple purposes of the Columbia River and its tributaries.

 Aunnie Steward ’01, was hired by the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., through the honors program in 2003.  In 2006, she moved back home to Alaska to work for the U.S. Attorney’s office where she prosecutes environmental crimes under federal environmental laws.

Corporate in-house counsel and officers

Chuck D. Barlow LL.M. ’95, is vice president of environmental policy and strategy for Entergy Corporation. He previously served as General Counsel of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Judith A. (Judi) Johansen ’83, has served as president and CEO of Pacificorp as administrator and CEO of the Bonneville Power Administration, and as the president of Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Oregon. 

Margaret Kirkpatrick ’82, is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Northwest Natural Gas.

Dennis Treacy ’83, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Smithfield Foods, where he directs numerous company-wide efforts that have earned Smithfield a national reputation as an industry leader, particularly in the areas of environmental stewardship, animal welfare and sustainability.  He previously served as the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. 

Rob Greene LLM, Senior legal advisor to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Council and the Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. Board of Directors.


Daniel H. Cole ’86 is the M. Dale Palmer Professor of Law at the Indiana University School of Law, where he teaches and writes on domestic and international environmental and natural resources law.

Barbara Cosens LL.M. ’02 is Professor of Law in the Waters of the West program at the University of Idaho Law School, where she teaches and writes on water law and policy and on interdisciplinary methods in water resources.

Robin Kundis Craig ’96 is the William H. Leary Professor of Law at the University of Utah. Robin researches the law and policy of “all things water,” including water rights, water pollution, and ocean and coastal issues, as well as climate change adaptation and the intersection of constitutional and environmental law.

Elaine Hallmark ’76 is a Senior Associate at National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University and a veteran environmental mediator.

Arlene Kwasniak LL.M. ’92 is Professor Emerita of Law at the University of Calgary in the province of Alberta, Canada, where she teaches and writes on natural resources, municipal, environmental, sustainability and conservation law and policy.

Park Tae Hyun LLM, Assistant Professor of Environmental Law at Kangwon University in Chuncheon, Republic of Korea.

Kalyani Robbins LLM, is an Associate Professor of Environmental Law at Florida International University.

Mitsuhiko Takahashi is an Associate Professor of Environmental Law at Toyama University in Japan.

International environmental law

Carl Bruch ’96 is the Senior Attorney and Co-Director of International Programs for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. where he draws upon his extensive experience internationally in helping countries develop and implement laws, policies, and institutional frameworks to effectively manage water resources, biodiversity, forests, and other natural resources.

Takamichi Sekine, LL.M. ’91, is a professor at the School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, where he teaches courses in the areas of Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law, Environmental Assessment. He is also legal adviser for Japan’s largest environmental organization, the Nature Conservation Society of Japan, and a member of the Environmental Center of the Japan Bar Association. He has pioneered ground-breaking environmental public interest litigation in Japan.

Additional information

Our reputation as the country’s preeminent environmental law school and our network of more than 1,000 successful practitioners in the field provide our graduates with access to an international job market.

Each year, the law school honors two to three of our alumni as “Distinguished Environmental Alumni.”  These are alums with at least 10 years of experience who have made significant contributions to the environmental or natural resources law or policy fields. More about our distinguished graduates

Our outstanding Career Services Office helps students find resume-building jobs during school, and helps alumni chart rewarding career paths after graduation.