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  • Salmon in the Willamette
    Downtown Portland Patagonia Store, 1106 SW Burnside, Portland, Thursday September 27, 7-9 pm
  • Stormwater pollution flowing off of a scrap yard in NE Portland
    Earthrise Law Center, on behalf of our clients Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), today successfully resolved a lawsuit challenging Oregon’s general permit for discharges of industrial stormwater
  • Our latest newsletter detailing opposition to mining near Mount St. Helens, another summer of the “Tomorrow’s Advocates” program, information about upcoming events, and welcoming our new legal fellow.
  • Thank you to the Rose Foundation for their grant to fund Earthrise’s Puget Sound work.
  • On behalf of Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), on May 16, 2018 Earthrise Law Center filed a lawsuit against the City of Medford, Oregon over its Clean Water Act violations that have caused harmful changes to the aquatic ecosystem in the Rogue River, a prized steelhead fishery in Southern Oregon.
  • Earthrise Law Center is still accepting clinic applications for the 2018-19 school year. The deadline has been extended to May 6th.
  • Our April newsletter detailing the Resolution Copper mine in Arizona, a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Cooke Aquaculture for their Puget Sound Net Pen collapse, and the end of another year of the Earthrise Clinic.
  • Earthrise Law Center is seeking a 2018 Lewis and Clark Law School graduate to be a Founder’s Legacy legal fellow starting in late August 2018. The deadline is at 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2018. This is a temporary, two-year fellowship with no option for extension.
  • Earthrise attorneys are hosting four panels at PIELC this weekend. Come say hello and hear about our recent work.
  • Map of the Project Area

    Opposition from Cascade Forest Conservancy among other conservation and recreation groups, objection submitted.

  • Peggy getting a drink from Walton Lake with many of the targeted firs in the background.
    Earthrise victory over Walton Lake logging once again prevents the Forest Service from clearcutting.
  • Please consider a year end gift to Earthrise.
  • Our November newsletter detailing, stormwater pollution in Massachusetts and Oregon, government accountability and FOIA litigation, staff changes, and an alumni spotlight.
  • On behalf of Wild Fish Conservancy, on Monday, November 13th, Earthrise filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington against Cooke Aquaculture for Clean Water Act violations related to the near-complete structural failure of its Atlantic salmon farming facility in Deepwater Bay off of Cypress Island in late August.
  • On October 11 the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, a group of consolidated cases in which various environmental and industry petitioners are challenging EPA’s “Clean Water Rule.”
  • 2017-2018 Earthrise Class
    Welcome to our Earthrise student clerks for the 2017-2018 law school year!
  • On behalf of 10 watershed protection groups in Massachusetts, last Friday, September 22nd, Earthrise filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Massachusetts challenging the Trump EPA’s decision to stay the implementation of the state’s new municipal stormwater permit.
  • Earthrise Law Center is accepting applications from current 2ls - or anyone who has already completed more than 32 credits of course work - for its summer of 2018 clerkship program. Current 1Ls will be eligible to apply during a second application process in January 2018. Earthrise summer clerks gain invaluable hands-on litigation experience by assisting Earthrise clinical professors in all aspects of public interest environmental litigation.  All applications must be received on or before Friday, October 6, 2017. 

    For more details, click here

  • From climate change to endangered species, renewable energy to water and air protections, 2017 has seen a dramatic and worrisome increase in the assault on science and the role it plays in shaping public policy. In the trenches of that battle is Dan Rohlf.
  • Sangye Ince-Johannsen (center) is our first summer clerk to work at our San Francisco office as p...
    Summer Clerk Sangye Ince-Johansen discusses his time  working for Earthrise with staff attorney Nina Robertson at our new San Francisco office.
  • Earthrise Law Center (Earthrise) seeks an experienced and dedicated program assistant to serve as our litigation paralegal and primary administrative coordinator. Earthrise is Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental litigation clinic, and has been called one of the “winningest” legal clinics in the nation by National Jurist magazine. Lewis and Clark Law School, located in Portland, Oregon, is consistently ranked as having one of the best environmental law programs in the country. Earthrise trains motivated and energetic law students by providing them with opportunities for direct involvement in legal work on complex environmental and natural resource issues.
  • Karen joined Earthrise in the summer of 2017 as our new Budget and Financial Administrator after a 3-year stint as Accountant and then as Contracts Manager at Moovel North America, a software company dedicated to facilitating mobility in urban settings.
  • Professor and Earthrise attorney, Dan Rohlf, has been fighting against a controversial federal cormorant culling program under which federal agents could eventually kill as many as 11,000 adult double-crested cormorants and destroy even more nests in the estuary of the Columbia River as part of a plan to save native salmon. This summer thousands of cormorants have left the nesting grounds along the Columbia River. 

  • Professor Craig Johnston has stepped down as director of Earthrise law center, passing on the role to attorneys Allison LaPlante and Tom Buchele. As one of the original founders of the clinic, Craig’s leadership has been a great benefit to Lewis & Clark law school, the students, and the planet.

  • Earthrise Law Center is excited to introduce the six law clerks that will be working at the Earthrise offices in Portland and in San Francisco this summer.
  • Read about Earthrise’s success protecting salmon from lethally hot temperatures in Oregon, our brief to the US Supreme Court regarding Waters of the United States, our legal fellow Ryan Shannon landing a job at Center for Biological Diversity and watch our new video on Zombie Permits, and getting a Forest Service fire break project dropped in southern California.
  • On behalf of our clients Waterkeeper Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, and several other organizations (“Waterkeeper”), Earthrise filed their opening merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2017, in the case captioned as National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, et al.
  • Yesterday, Earthrise and its co-counsel, on behalf of Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), won a challenge against Oregon’s illegal water temperature standards, which change goals from cold temperatures to hot—and sometimes even lethal for salmon and other imperiled cold-water species. 

  • Ryan Shannon, and his girlfriend Erin, at Earthrise's 20th Anniversary Party
    Founders Legacy Legal Fellow, Ryan Shannon, leaves Earthrise Law Center and moves on to a great position as Staff Attorney at Center for Biological Diversity. We’ll miss him, but he’s not going far.
  • The ridgeline where the fragile chaparral habitat was scheduled to be clear cut, 150 feet on eith...
    In response to a lawsuit filed by Earthrise on behalf of the California Chaparral Institute and Los Padres ForestWatch, the U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn a harmful fuel break project that would have damaged fragile habitat and threatened rare species in Los Padres National Forest along California’s Central Coast.  On Monday, the conservation groups agreed to drop their pending legal action against the project, which they filed last December in U.S. District Court.


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