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Celebrate 25 years with Earthrise!

Please join us on September 17th, 2022 at Sellwood Park from 4 pm to 7 pm to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earthrise Law Center. Tickets can be purchased for $25 dollars via PayPal ($15 for students).

Nailed It! Recent grad’s first oral argument in federal court

Haley Nicholson ’22 argued for increased environmental action as a certified law student.

Clean Water: Still Relevant at 50 — Webinar April 8

Legal experts and scholars discuss the impact–good and bad–of the CWA over five decades.

Earthrise is hiring a Legal Fellow for fall 2022!

Earthrise Law Center is seeking a 2022 (or December 2021) law school graduate for a legal fellow starting in late August 2022. This is a temporary, two-year fellowship with no option for extension. Deadline: 11:59pm Sunday, January 9th, 2022.

Earthrise prevails in receiving preliminary injunction to protect old growth forests

A federal judge halted a 78-acre (31.5-hectare) commercial timber harvest in central Oregon at the request of Earthrise and on behalf of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project.

Save the Māui Dolphins: Earthrise Legal Fellow Delivers Oral Argument

Alum argues in the Court of International Trade to protect 57 remaining Māui dolphins.

Earthrise is working to make sure EPA holds water polluters accountable

On behalf of Food & Water Watch, Earthrise is suing EPA over their woefully outdated and inadequate pollution standards. Despite a statutory requirement to review guidelines every year, EPA has refused to update standards for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) for years. If we are successful in this case, EPA will have to reconsider CAFO pollution limits and may finally enforce real standards on these polluters. Stay tuned to our website and social media for more updates.

Earthrise Secures Favorable Ruling to Protect Rogue River Water Quality

Earthrise, on behalf of our client Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), received a favorable summary judgment decision this week in our Clean Water Act citizen suit against the City of Medford over the City’s nutrient pollution, which for years has contributed to adverse ecological effects in the Rogue River including the proliferation of nuisance algae and shifts in the native macroinvertebrate community. Medford’s pollution has long been observed by river users like the Rogue Fly Fishers, who first described the problem in a 2013 report by biologist Rick Hafele.

Rising Issues #25

Read our April newsletter with stories about preventing transmission lines, a win for public lands
near Mount St. Helens, a final settlement for improving Washington waters, and more.

Alum Receives Prestigious OSB Environmental Award

Susan Jane Brown ’00 was honored by the OSB ENR section on February 11, 2021.

Earthrise Files Lawsuit Challenging Dams on Columbia and Snake Rivers

Earthrise Law Center filed an eighth supplemental complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon over the federal hydropower systems in the Columbia and Snake Rivers and the agencies’ failure to comply with the ESA and NEPA.

Protecting Indiana Dunes

An Indiana Federal District Court Court granted Earthrise’s motion and accepted our amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief, filed on behalf of National Parks Conservation Association, which urges the Court to reject a consent decree between the government and U.S. Steel until it was strengthened to account for past and future natural resource damages to the Park and contained a sufficient penalty to deter U.S. Steel from future Clean Water Act violations. In doing so, the judge stated allowing the brief would “provide a unique, helpful perspective for the Court to consider” when deciding whether or not to accept the decree.

Earthrise Protects Salt Ponds in the Bay Area

Earthrise Law Center, at Lewis & Clark Law School, on behalf of their client San Francisco Baykeeper, recently won an important case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to protect salt ponds in Redwood City, California.

Earthrise is Now Accepting Applications for summer 2021 Clerkships!

All applications must be received on or before Friday October 30, 2020 at 5pm.

Earthrise Files Lawsuit to Save Māui Dolphins

On May 21, 2020, Earthrise, and their co-counsel Sea Shepherd Legal, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sea Shepherd New Zealand and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society challenging the U.S. government’s failure to protect New Zealand’s critically endangered Māui dolphin.

Earthrise Settles Case Protecting Wild Salmon

On February 11, 2020, Earthrise Law Center, the environmental legal clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School, settled a case protecting wild salmon from a net pen collapse that released hundreds of thousand non-native Atlantic salmon into the Puget Sound.

Earthrise Leads Efforts to Fight Proposed Changes to NEPA

Earthrise Law Center recently submitted extensive comments on the government’s proposed changes for how federal agencies must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).