Thomas Buchele

Clinical Professor of Law, Earthrise Law Center

Wood Hall 115
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Tom Buchele is the managing attorney and clinical professor for the Earthrise Law Center. Prior to joining Lewis & Clark, Tom was director of the environmental law clinic at the University of Pittsburgh for seven years, staff attorney at the Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest, and a partner in the Chicago office of the national law firm Jenner & Block, where he focused on complex commercial and natural resources litigation. A distinguished graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois College of Law, Tom leads Earthrise’s land management and natural resources practice and also practices in the energy and transportation areas. When not protecting public resources, Tom is an excellent gardener and baker, who enjoys canning, hiking and exploring Oregon’s natural beauty with his dog Peggy.

Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions

Academic Credentials

  • JD, magna cum laude, 1986, University of Illinois College of Law
  • BA, magna cum laude, 1982, Illinois Wesleyan University