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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Honorable Clint Bolick: James L. Huffman Lecture In Honor of the Western Resources Legal Center

Date: 5:30pm PDT October 30, 2017 Location: Legal Research Center

Legal Research Center

Justice Clint Bolick will present the 2017 James L. Huffman Lecture In Honor of the Western Resources Legal Center. The lecture, titled “The Renaissance of Federalism”, will be held on the law school campus, Legal Research Center Student Lounge. A reception for all attendees will be held directly following the lecture.

Clint Bolick was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey in January 2016 to serve on the Arizona Supreme Court.

Prior to joining the Court, Justice Bolick litigated constitutional cases in state and federal courts from coast to coast, including the U.S. Supreme Court.  Among other positions, he served as Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute and as Co-founder and Vice President for Litigation at the Institute for Justice.  He has litigated in support of school choice, freedom of enterprise, private property rights, freedom of speech, and federalism, and against racial classifications and government subsidies.

Justice Bolick received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Davis, where he has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus, and his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Drew University.  He serves as a research fellow with the Hoover Institution.  Among other honors, he was named one of the 90 Greatest DC Lawyers in the Last 30 Years by Legal Times in 2008, received a Bradley Prize in 2006, and was recognized as one of the nation’s three lawyers of the year by American Lawyer in 2002 for his successful defense of school vouchers in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris.

Justice Bolick is a prolific author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles.  Among his most recent books are Immigration Wars:  Forging an American Solution, co-authored with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; and David’s Hammer:  The Case for an Activist Judiciary.

JAMES L. HUFFMAN joined the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty in 1973 and served as dean from 1993 to 2006. He has been a visiting professor at Auckland University, Francisco Marroquin University, the University of Oregon, and Athens University. His academic subjects have included constitutional law, natural resources law, water law, torts, jurisprudence, and legal history.

Jim has been a fellow with The Heritage Foundation and the Humane Studies Institute, and currently serves on the Hoover Institution Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom and Prosperity. He has written over 200 academic articles and chapters and writes regular commentaries for The Daily Caller and occasional op-eds for The Wall Street Journal, The Oregonian, The Washington Times, and other newspapers. In 2010, Jim was the Republican nominee for United States Senator from Oregon.

Jim serves on the editorial board of the Cato Supreme Court Review and the boards of the Classroom Law Project, the Federalist Society Property and Environment Practice Group, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the Western Resources Legal Center. He is a graduate of Montana State University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Chicago Law School.

The Western Resources Legal Center (WRLC) is a legal education program that provides top law students an opportunity to develop practical legal skills and specific knowledge of natural resources and environmental laws by assisting with the legal representation of farmers, ranchers, miners, foresters, resource developers, and other natural resource dependent entities.

Students gain an understanding of the litigation process and how laws impact the day to day operations of natural resource dependent businesses. Students also experience a more profound educational experience by personally observing how laws and litigation impact businesses, the economy, and local communities.

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Event Cost

Free and open to the public.
1.0 MCLE credit will be sought for this event.

Event Contact

For more information or questions, please contact:
Kelly Novahom
Program Coordinator
Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law
(503) 768-6784