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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)




undefinedErica Lyman

(503) 768-6715 

Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Erica Lyman has helped build and expand IELP’s areas of expertise, ensuring that IELP has the capacity to serve its clients and partners and to plug into emerging international environmental issues. Erica’s areas of expertise include international wildlife trade, climate change, whaling, international water law and glaciers, and the World Heritage Convention. When taking a break from practicing international environmental law, Erica enjoys exploring new beaches and coral reefs with her husband, hiking Oregon’s trails with her dog, and cooking local food, including eggs from her backyard chicken flock. 



Nick Fromherz

   Nick Fromherz

Nick Fromherz joins IELP as a staff attorney from a public-interest law firm dedicated to conserving marine wildlife around the world. Combining this experience with his considerable time living and working in Latin America, Nick expands IELP’s footprint in the Americas while building on IELP’s existing fisheries program and international wildlife practice. Previously, Nick served as a Visiting Assistant Professor, teaching courses within Lewis & Clark’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program. Since 2015, Nick has taught Administrative Law at Lewis & Clark during several summer sessions.

Before transitioning to environmental work, Nick served as a litigation attorney for a law firm in California and spent three years clerking for federal judges (Judge Lawson of E.D. Mich. and Judge Terence Evans of the Seventh Circuit). Nick graduated as the valedictorian of his law-school class. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Ecology Law Quarterly, West Virginia Law Review, Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Animal Law Review, and Administrative Law Review. Nick is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.

Away from work, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching college sports, and exploring Bolivia’s wild spaces.


Chris Wold

    Chris Wold

      503) 768-6734

 IELP founder and former Director, and now Of Counsel to the program, Chris Wold has been practicing                       international  environmental law for more than 20 years.       A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Chris is an             internationally known expert on international                         environmental law and has co-authored textbooks on           climate change and trade and the environment. He has       participated in numerous meetings of the Convention on     International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the       International Whaling Commission, and the climate               change regime. Prior to starting IELP, Chris worked as a       staff attorney with the Center for International Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide U.S. When not in his office, he is birdwatching, cycling, or hiking.