Professor Melissa Powers Joins the Prestigious American College of Environmental Lawyers

Jeffrey Bain Law Scholar and Professor of Law Melissa Powers ’01 is one of the newest members of The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). Membership in the College is by invitation, and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field.

“Each individual in the ACOEL’s class of 2022 was selected for their distinguished experience, high standards of practice, and substantial contributions to the field of environmental law,” the ACOEL announcement stated. ACOEL members are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law, the administration of justice, and the development of environmental law through rigorous focus, outreach, and education in all forums—federal, state, municipal, tribal, and international.

Powers is the fourth Oregonian and the first Oregon-based law professor to be named to the august group. She joins new members who represent environmental protection organizations, government, and law firms.

Melissa teaches climate change law, electricity regulation, renewable energy law, the Clean Air Act, administrative law, and torts, and founded the Green Energy Institute which designs policies to transition to a zero-carbon energy system.