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  • LC is offering two environmental law courses online this summer: Wetlands, taught by Prof. Craig Johnston, and Renewable Energy Law and Policy taught by Prof. Melissa Powers. Visitors and auditors welcome. Contact Lucy Brehm at for more


  • March 20
    Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program has once again been recognized as one of the best in the country. US News and World Report recently released its 2019 ranking of top specialty law programs, and Lewis & Clark is ranked #2. In environmental law courses, students learn about energy law and policy, conservation of natural resources, sustainable development, global warming and more. Our passionate faculty, students, alums and staff are the heart of our program.
  • August 2
    The National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center announced the hire of Oday Salim as staff attorney, which comes with an appointment as director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law & Sustainability Clinic. Salim comes to the National Wildlife Federation from the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, where he was the executive director and managing attorney. Salim is a 2009 LL.M. graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School.
  • June 19
    Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School discusses the U.S. v. Washington case, concerning whether road culverts blocking salmon migration violated treaty rights on E&E News: Greenwire. The Supreme Court held oral argument on April 18 and eventually deadlocked, 4-4, affirming the lower court which upheld the applicability of treaty rights to habitat destruction caused by road culverts. (Picture credit: Flickr - hj_west)
  • June 19
    Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School explains the issues before the Oregon Supreme Court in the Oswego Lake public access case, argued on May 4, 2018 on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB).
  • 3d render image of grass field with photovoltaic and wind power plants
    April 2
    Lewis & Clark Law School launches new Certificate in Energy, Innovation and Sustainability for JD students who want to prepare for careers in energy fields.
  • April 26
    Two accomplished legal and strategic professionals join the Green Energy Institute and Center for Animal Law Studies this spring.
  • March 27
    LC’s International Environmental Law project, Earthrise Law Center, and Green Energy Institute are featured in the preLaw magazine for training tomorrow’s leaders and sending them around the globe.
  • Prof. Blumm's presentation at spring symposium
    April 12
    Lewis & Clark Law School’s “Environmental Law Under Trump” symposium brought together academics, practitioners, concerned citizens, and students to discuss the impact of the administration on law related to Public Lands, Pollution, Climate & Air, and Biodiversity. The presentations and papers sparked a lively discussion with the large audience and led to a list of “action items” for follow-up.
  • Cooper Rodgers, 2L, Environmental Law Student
    February 5
    In early Fall 2017, the Wyss Foundation selected Lewis & Clark and its Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program as one of the first law schools to be included in the Wyss Scholars Program. Lewis & Clark is pleased to announce that Cooper Rodgers is the inaugural Wyss Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School.
  • April 12
    Professor Melissa Powers and staff attorney Amelia Schussler from the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School and more than 100 attendees from government agencies, local advocacy groups, and concerned citizens packed the event space at Swift on March 21 to discuss strategies to reduce diesel emissions in Oregon.
  • February 13
    The Lewis & Clark College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in the endowment.
  • January 8
    Lewis & Clark Law student, Nick Tealer, externed at Orange County Coastkeeper in San Diego last summer. Nick said “Over the summer, I worked on multiple cases stemming from the Clean Water Act, while acquiring skills necessary to become an effective environmental attorney. It was beneficial to see the various stages that are involved with a Clean Water Act citizen enforcement suit ranging from the submittal of a 60-day notice of violation letter, to performing on-site inspections of previous defendants OCCK has settled with.”
  • December 18
    The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) at Lewis & Clark Law School prepared a legal opinion that helped trigger an international investigation to determine whether Japan is illegally trading in the meat of sei whales. Based on IELP’s legal opinion and other information, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took an important step toward ending Japan’s domestic sale of sei whale meat by agreeing to investigate Japan’s trade in sei whales.
  • August 16
    The Society of Environmental Journalists recognized LC alum, Ellen Gilmer (MSL ’14) as a top beat reporter for her stories on the Dakota Access Pipeline’s impact on tribes.
  • May 22
    Lewis & Clark Law School’s LL.M. program is featured in this article by B. Xu posted on regarding master of law programs with an energy focus.  
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