Lucy Brehm

Associate Director, Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law program

Lucy Brehm is the Associate Director of the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program, and Director of the International Environmental LLM program at Lewis & Clark Law School.  

Lucy joined the law school staff in 2011 and works closely with students, visitors and faculty in the environmental law program. She teaches an introductory seminar for new international LLM and Master of Studies students. She is also a member of the International Law committee.

Lucy started her legal career in Portland, Oregon in commercial litigation with a private firm, and then moved to the U.S. Territory of Guam for eight years, serving first as an Assistant Attorney General advising the Public Health Department, and then as an Assistant Public Defender, representing clients from Guam, Micronesia, Asia and the U.S. in criminal, civil and immigration matters. Lucy returned to Portland in 1997 to join the Federal Public Defender’s office where she handled trial and appellate level criminal and habeas corpus cases on behalf of indigent clients. 

In 2000, Lucy joined the first commercial bank in the U.S. to focus on environmental and sustainable lending practices, rising to the position of Vice President and Sustainability Officer. In 2007 she chose to focus on inspiring action in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by working at The Climate Trust, a nonprofit organization that develops carbon credits for utilities, governments and corporations and contributes to the development of climate policy.

Lucy received her JD, magna cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School, and her BA in History from the University of Washington.