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Law Faculty

A Welcome From Dean Johnson

At Lewis & Clark, students come first. Our accomplished faculty members are deeply committed to excellence in teaching, and they bring enthusiasm, sterling credentials, innovative scholarship, and practical experience to the table. Beyond the classroom, Lewis & Clark teachers are easily accessible to students and faculty/student collaborations provide additional educational opportunities.

Students enjoy a collegial atmosphere in which to pursue their legal studies. We offer a wide range of courses and programs as well as opportunities for practical experiences in one of our fine clinical, internship, and externship placements. Our graduates hold major posts in the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of federal and state government, in private law firms and business entities, in public interest organizations, and in academia. Our alums have made major contributions to law reform and public service.

Lewis & Clark is the only law school in Portland, Oregon—one of America’s most beautiful and livable cities, with a vibrant and sophisticated legal community. Portland, one of the country’s top “foodie” destinations, also offers abundant opportunities to enjoy life outside of school. In addition, the physical beauty of the law school itself, nestled next to a state park, is unmatched. It is no wonder that students come from all over the country and from many foreign countries to attend Lewis & Clark. Please explore our website and we hope that you have an opportunity to visit in person to see for yourself all that we can offer.

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Faculty In The News

Professor’s Paper on Wolf Protections Cited by the New York Times

Professor Dan Rohlf’s interdisciplinary paper, co-authored with Carlos Carroll, Bridgett VonHoldt, Adrian Treves, & Sarah Hendricks, was cited in the October 29, 2020, New York Times article describing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to remove federal protections for grey wolves under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Oregon State Bar honors Professor Powers with Sustainability Award

The Oregon State Bar (OSB) is presenting the 2019 President’s Sustainability Award to Lewis & Clark Law Professor Melissa Powers for her “contributions to the goal of sustainability in Oregon’s legal profession through education, advocacy, leadership in sustainable business practices, or other efforts.”

Clinical Professor in Animal Law

Delcianna Winders, noted animal law attorney, scholar, and professor, joins the Lewis & Clark Law School Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and leads the new Animal Law Litigation Clinic (opening fall 2019).

Sarah Lora to Lead Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)

Sarah Lora, a new clinical professor for the law school, will lead the Lewis & Clark Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) starting in June 2019, replacing beloved faculty member Jan Pierce, who is retiring after 19 years of clinic leadership.

Prof. Benjamin Appointed to UN Climate Change Committee

Professor Lisa Benjamin, the newest faculty member of Lewis & Clark Law School has been appointed as a member of the Compliance Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).