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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 12
    US News announced its 2020 rankings of law schools, and named Lewis & Clark Environmental Law program as number one in the nation.
  • LC Law School in sunshine
    September 11
    Lewis & Clark Law School received a charitable bequest totaling $3.7 million to support public interest environmental law. The bequest, from Washington environmental activist John E. Diehl, is the second-largest single gift ever made to the law school.
  • Prof Lyman
    September 12
    Professor Erica Lyman (’05) will lead Lewis and Clark Law School’s   International Environmental Law Project   (IELP) as of September 1, 2019. As a staff attorney for IELP, Lyman has worked to promote consideration of climate change on World Heritage sites; served as a legal advisor for Palau and the Maldives during the climate change negotiations, including during the adoption of the Paris Agreement; crafted the legal arguments that eventually ended Japanese high seas whaling; and is currently working in 15 African countries on evaluating and drafting legislation to combat wildlife trafficking.
  • Professor Lisa Benjamin
    July 25
    LC Law’s newest professor writes: ” (…) Courts want to know that directors have considered all material information reasonably available to them, and the increasing impacts and risks of climate change to businesses mean climate risks and opportunities are now material.”
  • June 13
    L & C alum, Tara Brock, has joined Oceana as Pacific Counsel, based in Portland, Oregon. Brock brings with her more than a decade of experience and a diverse background in ocean conservation, not only as an attorney but also through community organizing, policy expertise and advocacy, and communications outreach.
  • LC Environmental Law spring gathering with students, faculty, and staff.
    April 17
    Lewis & CLark’s Environmental Law program is rated A+ and featured in the Pre-Law magazine: “Students can get key practical-training experience in the school’s Earthrise Law Center legal clinic. The school also boasts the International Environmental Law Project, the Green Energy Institute and the Environmental Law Review. “
  • Professor Lisa Benjamin
    March 19
    Professor Lisa Benjamin, the newest faculty member of Lewis & Clark Law School has been appointed as a member of the Compliance Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • Wim Wiewel leads a community bike ride on his first day as president.
    February 26
    President Wim Wiewel attended the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, where he and fellow college and university leaders made a public pledge to work harder, faster, and smarter to drive climate action forward. In an op-ed in the Portland Business Journal, President Wim Wiewel discusses the work we’ve done and the work ahead.
  • Hannah Clements, 2L, NEDC Law Clerk and Wyss Scholar
    February 12

    Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Hannah Clements ’20 is the second Wyss Scholar to be selected from the law school. The Wyss Foundation is a private, charitable organization dedicated to western public lands issues, and its Scholars Program supports graduate-level education for the next generation of leaders in western land conservation.

  • Three people at a table with computers
    January 15

    Lewis & Clark will offer its LLM degree in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law through a distance-learning online option, starting in fall 2019 (pending ABA acquiescence.) The online LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law builds on the law school’s internationally recognized post-JD environmental law Master’s program, and is specifically designed for attorneys who want to more effectively practice in today’s global environmental legal issues.  Applications for the Fall 2019 Cohort are now being accepted.

  • Professor Lisa Benjamin
    December 12
    Professor Benjamin is a globally recognized expert and scholar in energy, climate change, and corporate law—particularly as they intersect—and her expertise will allow Lewis & Clark to expand its curriculum, scholarship, and impact in areas such as international climate change law, energy transition, environmental justice, and corporate environmental and social responsibility.
  • Prof. Melissa Powers
    September 12
    The Oregon State Bar (OSB) is presenting the 2019 President’s Sustainability Award to Lewis & Clark Law Professor Melissa Powers for her “contributions to the goal of sustainability in Oregon’s legal profession through education, advocacy, leadership in sustainable business practices, or other efforts.” 
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