Welcome from the Dean
Lewis & Clark Law School is an exciting place, where our students receive an extraordinary education. Our faculty are deeply committed to excellence in teaching, and they bring enthusiasm, sterling credentials, innovative scholarship, and vast practical experience to the table. Our teachers emphasize the overriding importance of ethics and public service in all aspects of the law. And they are uniquely accessible to students.
Our students truly enjoy law school. They are exposed to a wide variety of course offerings, have the benefit of one of the finest libraries on the West Coast, and are able to participate in some of the best clinical programs in the country. They go on to hold major posts in the judicial, executive, and legislative branches, in the private sector, in public interest organizations, and in academia. Our alums have made major contributions to law reform and public service.
In addition, the physical beauty of the law school “in the middle of a gorgeous state park“ is unmatched by any institution in the country. Moreover, Lewis & Clark is the only law school in Portland, one of America’s most beautiful and livable cities, and also a city with a vibrant and sophisticated legal community.
It is no wonder, then, that students come from all over the country ”and from many foreign countries” to attend Lewis & Clark. We hope that you will visit us and learn about all we have to offer.
Faculty In The News
Professor Johnston has been elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law. Membership is by invitation and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. ACOEL members are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level. ACOEL currently has approximately 150 members; its bylaws indicate that its membership will never exceed 250 lawyers.
Assistant Professor Oleske talks with OPB about Attorney General’s decision to not defend the law barring same-sex marriage.Assistant Professor Jim Oleske talks with OPB about Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s decision to not defend the law barring same-sex marriage.
Lewis & Clark Law Professor Aliza Kaplan spoke with OPB about The Oregon Innocence Project and its mission to exonerate the wrongfully accused.
Professor Michael Blumm was recently a guest on OPB’s Think Out Loud program to discuss a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that a hatchery on the Sandy River run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration violates the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Professor Tung Yin appeared on local tv station KGW to discuss a ruling by a federal judge that the NSA’s bulk collection of American’s phone records is likely unconstitutional.