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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Visiting Assistant Professor

Lewis & Clark Law School sponsors a visiting assistant professor position (VAP) for a two-year term in its environmental and natural resources law program. The position is ideal for those interested in transitioning to a career in academia and who would like an opportunity to focus on scholarly research, writing and teaching in preparation for that transition.  The VAP will be able to use the first year of the position to produce scholarship and teach and can then use his/her scholarship, teaching experience, and student evaluations in support of his/her application for academic positions in the following year, while continuing to teach and write during the second year. 

 Nick Fromherz our 2012-14 VAP will be returning to Lewis & Clark in Spring 2015

Nick will be teaching Climate Change and Environmental Law spring semester in 2015. He is fluent in Spanish and before teaching at Lewis & Clark, he was the Environmental Law and Policy Scholar at Adelante Mujeres, Cochabamba, Bolivia.  His research and writing is primarily on topics of environmental law and policy for U.S.-based non-profit organizations.  His current work focuses on the need for a global treaty to protect soil resources and to preserve agrarian culture (article to be published in Ecology Law Quarterly (UC-Berkeley)).  He taught public international law as an Adjunct Professor of Law (spring 2012) at the Universidad Central de Bolivia, Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

Nick received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2006, summa cum laude.  He received his B.A. in English from the University of Oregon in 2003. Before moving to Bolivia, Nick was an associate at the law firm of Crowell & Moring in Irvine, CA where he was a member of the Employment and Litigation practice groups.  He was also a law clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Judge Terence Evans) for a year and law clerk for 2 years to federal district court judge David M. Lawson (Eastern District of Michigan).


For further information about our VAP program, please contact Associate Dean Janice Weis at (503) 768-6649 or

Lewis & Clark Law School adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to employment and has a firm commitment to promote the letter and spirit of all equal opportunity and civil rights laws.  We encourage applications from persons in groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.