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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Earthrise briefs the U.S. Supreme Court on Waters of the U.S. rule

April 28, 2017

Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School submitted its opening brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense. This case involves a jurisdictional battle over which court(s) should hear challenges to the 2015 Clean Water Rule which was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to bring clarity and certainty to the scope of the Clean Water Act. Craig Johnston and Jamie Saul took the lead in writing the brief, building on one that Allison LaPlante and Lia Comerford wrote for the Supreme Court on the issue almost five years ago. 

Earthrise clients in this matter include the Waterkeeper Alliance, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety, Turtle Island Restoration Network, and others. Additionally, the Sierra Club signed on to the brief.

This was a great team effort by the staff attorneys and professors at Earthrise Law Center. Founded in 1996, Earthrise Law Center is the environmental legal clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School. The team of impassioned attorneys and staff at Earthrise - along with Lewis & Clark Law students - provides low or no cost legal services for nonprofit conservation organizations in the entire spectrum of environmental and natural resources law, from protecting endangered species and ecosystems to preventing and reducing air and water pollution. 

 A link to the U.S. Supreme Court brief is available here: