News From the Law School


Alternate Pathway, bar exam, beth sethi, Jo Perini-Abbott, sandy patrick, SPPE
Beth Sethi

A New Gateway to Practice: Uncovering the Student Experience of SPPE Bar Licensure

One of the first Oregon graduates to elect for the Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination (SPPE) pathway to licensure reflects on her experience; professors explain the importance of this pathway for diversifying the legal profession.

PILP Auction, PILP
Auction raised paddle

2024 PILP Auction Raises $60,230 and Funds Nine Summer Award Applicants

The Public Interest Law Project held a successful auction this year, funding nine students with summer stipends to work for a public interest entity. The auction also provided each student with an additional $800 of support. Kenneth Kreuscher was announced as the 2024 Amburgey Award Winner.

Portrait of little calf on grass field

Announcing the Thomas Bloom Raskin Animal Protection Scholarship

Inspired by the compassion of animal advocate Tommy Raskin, an anonymous donor creates an Animal Law LLM scholarship to share his legacy.

courtney mccoy, environmental law, Erica Lyman, Global Law Alliance, international law
Ramsar Report

Clinic Students Author Ramsar Convention Report on Wetlands and Animal Agriculture

The Global Law Alliance clinic, alongside Mercy for Animals, recently published a report exploring legal pathways under the Ramsar Convention to regulate industrial animal agriculture impacts on wetlands.

environmental law, Erica Lyman, Global Law Alliance, international law, United Nations

Global Law Alliance Assists United Nations on Environmental Crimes Report

Clinic Students assisted in the creation of a UNODC report, assessing the rates at which countries criminalize environmental harms. The report will eventually be published as a chapter in a larger UNODC environmental crimes publication.

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Rachel Ballard

Rachel Ballard Selected as 2024 International Law Fellow

The International Law Committee has selected Rachel Ballard ’25 as the International Law Research Fellow for the 2024-25 school year.

Ilona Hyatt and Susan Felsteiner with CLEA Award

L&C Law Student Ilona Hyett ’24 Presented with National Clinic Student Award

Lewis & Clark Law School student Ilona Hyett earns the prestigious CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student Award for her remarkable contributions and exceptional work at the Small Business Legal Clinic.

Deanship, Jennifer Johnson, Jordan D. Schnitzer Dean, Jordan D. Schnitzer
Jordan Schnitzer and Jennifer Johnson

Lewis & Clark Law School Establishes First Endowed Law School Deanship in Oregon

Jennifer Johnson will serve as the first Jordan D. Schnitzer Dean, marking a significant milestone in the school’s 109-year history.

A r
eception to celebrate the deanship is being held Tuesday June 25, 2024.

Leo Levenson Award
Janet Steverson wins Leo Levenson

Professor Janet Steverson Honored with 2024 Leo Levenson Excellence in Teaching Award

Professor Janet Steverson was chosen by the graduating class of 2024 to receive the Leo Levenson Excellence in Teaching Award for her outstanding dedication to her students’ success and well-being.

Rural Oregon

Spotlight on the Small Business Legal Clinic: Empowering Entrepreneurs in Rural Oregon

The Small Business Legal Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School offers vital business legal support for small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Oregon, including in rural areas where low-cost/no-cost legal services are not available.


New Public Defense Practicum Partnership with Metropolitan Public Defenders

Starting in the 2024-2025 academic year, Lewis & Clark Law School is partnering with Metropolitan Public Defenders to offer a year-long Public Defense Practicum, giving 2L and 3L students practical experience in public defense at a time when Oregon is facing a crisis-level shortage of public defenders.

award, beth sethi, Davis Wright Tremaine, international law, Kelsey Chapman-Sutton, scholarship
Beth & Kelsey

2024 Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Competition Winners Announced

The International Law Writing Award, funded by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, grants $2,500 and $1,000 stipends for the best and second-best international law research paper written by a Lewis & Clark JD student. This year, Kelsey Chapman-Sutton is the first-place winner and Beth Sethi is the second-place recipient.

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Cellblocks to Mountaintops

Clinic Students Featured in Restorative Justice Podcast

“Cellblocks to Mountaintops,” a restorative justice podcast, investigates the story of Sterling Cunio, one of the “Oregon Five”– juveniles convicted of aggravated murder without an opportunity for parole. Cunio was a client of the law school’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, and clinic students worked on the cases that are featured in the podcast.

Bob Klonoff, complex litigation, environmental law, law class, litigation, MDL, MDLs, Multidistrict Litigation, pfas
Where are PFAS found?

PFAS Litigation Lawyers Share Insights in L&C Complex Litigation Class

Lewis & Clark law students in Professor Robert Klonoff’s Complex Litigation class had the unique opportunity to learn from top PFAS litigation lawyers. Their virtual visit highlighted the significance of private enforcement in environmental litigation, emphasizing the practical experiences students gain under the guidance of faculty like Professor Klonoff.

Cornelius Honors Society
Corenlius Honors Society odd crop for homepage

35 Graduates Selected for Cornelius Honor Society

Every year, faculty and staff nominate graduating students to join the Cornelius Honor Society, recognizing their excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service to the law school community.