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Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Distinguished Graduates

Over 1,500 graduates of Lewis & Clark Law School are practicing in the environmental and natural resources law field around the world. Among them are mediators, law professors, corporate counsel, nonprofit litigators, and government officials. A number of graduates have developed innovative non-traditional environmental careers, using their law degrees in policy work.

The law school annually awards two or three of its many outstanding alumni for the Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate award, which recognizes significant contributions to the environmental and natural resources law field.


Janice Schneider ‘92

Cliff Villa ‘93

Chuck Bonham ‘00


Barb Craig ”˜87

Jim Grijalva ”˜89

Erik Lemelson ”˜92.


Janis Searle Jones ”˜95

Reuben Plantico ”˜78


Phil Schilliro ”˜81

Dennis Treacy ”˜83

Kate Brown ”˜85


Paul Horwitz ”˜82

Kathleen Trever ”˜93

Nicole Cordan ”˜95


George Jugovich ”˜83

David Mann ”˜91

Stephanie Parent ”˜92


Chuck D. Barlow LL.M. ”˜92

Robin Kundis Craig ”˜96

James B. Martin ”˜81


David Blount ”˜80

Maggie Fox ”˜82

Jan McDonald LL.M. ”˜82


Steve Doherty ”˜84

Jerry Fish ”˜82

Arlene Kwasniak LL.M. ”˜92


Rob Lothrop ”˜81

Takamichi Sekine, LL.M. ”˜91

John Shurts ”˜83


Karl Anuta ”˜85

Karen Russell ”˜90

Craig Trueblood ”˜85


Nina Bell ”˜91

Daniel H. Cole ’86


Bowen Blair, Jr., ’80:

John C. Platt, ’73


Jeff Fereday ”˜80

Peter Monson ”˜82


Judith Johansen ”˜83

David Slade ”˜81


Elaine Hallmark ”˜76

Steve Kallick ”˜83


Richard D. Bach ”˜66

Heidi Hughes Bumpers ”˜81


Michael Mantell ”˜77

Anne Squier ”˜83


Thomas C. Jensen ”˜83

Margaret Kirkpatrick ”˜82


Karl AnutaKarl Anuta ”˜85:

• Portland, Oregon public interest environmental lawyer

• diverse practice in water law and forest law

• strong community service ethic


Dick Bach, distinguished alumRichard D. Bach ”˜66:

• founded the Environmental Practice Group at Stoel Rives

• practiced environmental law from the time the first U.S. environmental laws were passed

• ongoing mentor to Lewis & Clark law students

Chuck Barlow smaller web imageChuck D. Barlow LL.M. ”˜92:

• won a record-setting settlement in an environmental enforcement suit

• serves as environmental counsel to Southern energy giant Entergy

• has held numerous positions within the ABA Section on Energy and Environmental Resources

Nina Bell, distinguished gradNina Bell ”˜91:

• Executive Director of Northwest Environmental Advocates

• known nationwide for her water quality work

• pushes for advancement of water quality standards, TMDLs, and pollution control implementation

bowen blairBowen Blair, Jr., ’80:

• Senior Vice President of Trust for Public Land

• former Director of TPL’s six-state Northwest Region

• supervises TPL’s entire project portfolio of over 0 million of land

Dan ColeDaniel H. Cole ’86:

• M. Dale Palmer Professor of Law at the Indiana University School of Law

• teaches and writes about the law and economics of property, environmental law, international environmental law, natural resources, and environmental protection

Robin Kundis Craig smallerRobin Kundis Craig ”˜96:

• Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Professor of Law at Florida State

• nationally recognized legal expert in “all things water”

• FSU Teaching Commendation for Excellence, 2008


Steve Doherty, distinguished gradSteve Doherty ”˜84:

• Partner in Smith, Doherty & Belcourt, PC in Great Falls, Montana

• governor-appointed chair of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission

• draws upon his natural resources experience from three terms in the Montana Senate

Jeff Fereday, distinguished gradJeff Fereday ”˜80:

• senior practitioner, natural resources, environmental and energy group at the Boise, Idaho law firm of Givens Pursley LLP

• named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Environmental and Natural Resources Law


Jerry Fish, distinguished gradJerry Fish ”˜82:

• partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon

• practices natural resources law with an emphasis on oil and gas exploration and storage, hydroelectric project relicensing and compliance, and mining


Elaine Hallmark, distinguished gradElaine Hallmark ”˜76:

• pioneer in environmental and public policy mediation

• director, Oregon Consensus Program

• founding partner, Confluence Northwest


Heidi Hughes Bumpers distinguished alumHeidi Hughes Bumpers ”˜81:

• counsel, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C.

• expert in complex hazardous waste enforcement cases

• former Section Chief, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring

Thomas C. Jensen, distinguished alumThomas C. Jensen ”˜83:

• partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP, Washington, D.C.

• nationally recognized expert in natural resources, energy and environmental law and policy


Judi Johansen, distinguished alumJudith Johansen ”˜83:

• former President and CEO, PacifiCorp

• former Administrator and CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

• distinguished career in energy law


Steve Kallick, distinguished gradSteve Kallick ”˜83:

• program director, International Boreal Conservation Campaign, Pew Charitable Trusts

• distinguished career in forest conservation



Margaret Kirkpatrick, distinguished alumMargaret Kirkpatrick ”˜82:

• Vice President/General Counsel, Northwest Natural

• former partner, Stoel Rives, environmental law practice



Arlene Kwasniak, distinguished gradArlene Kwasniak LL.M. ”˜92:

• Assistant Professor, University of Calgary Law School

• former Executive Director, UC Environmental Law Centre

• research and writing in environmental, conservation, natural resources, and municipal law and policy

Rob Lothrop, distinguished gradRob Lothrop ”˜81:

• Manager of Policy Development and Litigation Support, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

• has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing fish and wildlife measures in the Columbia Basin


Michael Mantell, distinguished gradMichael Mantell ”˜77:

• founder, Resources Law Group, LLP

• former California Undersecretary of Resources

• author of a number of books on environmental issues


Jim Martin smallerJames B. Martin ”˜81:

  • • Regional Administrator, Region 8, EPA

• former executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


• former director, University of Colorado Natural Resources Law Center

Peter Monson, distinguished gradPeter Monson ”˜82:

• award-winning litigator

• handles complex natural resource issues for the U.S. Department of Justice Indian Resources Section


John Platt, distinguished gradJohn C. Platt, ’73:

• special assistant to the executive director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

• policy advisor for treaty fishery issues since 1971


Karen Russell, distinguished gradKaren Russell ”˜90:

• senior staff attorney at WaterWatch

• recognized as one of the foremost experts on Oregon water law and procedure


Takesada SekineTakamichi Sekine, LL.M. ”˜91:

• professor, School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University

• legal adviser for Japan’s largest environmental organization, the Nature Conservation Society of Japan

• brought landmark case to conserve Okinawan dugong

John Shurts, distinguished gradJohn Shurts ”˜83:

• general counsel, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

• expert on tribal reserved water rights and the Winters doctrine



David Slade, distinguished gradDavid Slade ”˜81:

• editor, Putting the Public Trust Doctrine to Work

• varied environmental law and policy practice, including serving as the director of the Coastal States Organization 

• frequent Congressional testimony on fisheries, environmental law, constitutional law and international affairs

Anne Squier, distinguished gradAnne Squier ”˜83:

• 30-year leader of natural resource conservation efforts

• senior natural resource policy advisor for Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts

• commissioner and chair, Columbia River Gorge Commission

Craig TruebloodCraig Trueblood ”˜85:

• partner, Preston Gates and Ellis, Seattle

• diverse practice in environmental, land use and real estate law

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