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#1 in Environmental Law - Again

U.S. News ranks Lewis & Clark Law’s environmental law program number one in the nation for 2021, as well as 2020 rankings. Plus we have nationally recognized programs in Animal Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, Business Law and Public Interest Law.

The Center for Animal Law Studies Expands Its Team Fighting for Farmed Animals

The Center for Animal Law Studies welcomes Kathryn (Kate) Schultz as its first staff attorney for the Animal Law Litigation Clinic.

Pamela Hart Steps into New Role as Assistant Dean of the Animal Law Program

Pamela Hart became the new Assistant Dean of the Animal Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School on January 1, and will continue to serve as Executive Director for the Center for Animal Law Studies.

Dean Joins Others Condemning Violent Capitol Attack

Lewis & Clark Law Dean Jennifer Johnson condemned the violent attack on the capitol in a letter to students on January 9 and in a joint statement with 157 other law deans this week.

In Memory of Law Professor Jeffrey Jones

Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy Jeffrey D. Jones passed away on December 25, 2020. He was 52 years old. The family placed an obituary in the Milwaukee Journal, Wisconsin. The law school created a tribute form for students, alumni, colleagues, and friends to recount their happy memories to share with his family.  A Celebration of Life event is slated for end of January.

Center for Animal Law Studies Grads Boost Focus on Animal Law in Asia

Professor of Practice Joyce Tischler sat down with two of her former students—Animal Law LLM alumni (’20), Lyudmilla Shegay, our first student from Kazakhstan, and Zihao Yu, one of our first students from China—to discuss how they are expanding animal law in Asia. Lu and Zihao have recently founded a nonprofit animal protection organization called Institute of Animal Law of Asia. Enjoy this conversation about how Lu and Zihao will pave the way for animals in Asia!

Professor’s Paper on Wolf Protections Cited by the New York Times

Professor Dan Rohlf’s interdisciplinary paper, co-authored with Carlos Carroll, Bridgett VonHoldt, Adrian Treves, & Sarah Hendricks, was cited in the October 29, 2020, New York Times article describing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to remove federal protections for grey wolves under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Professor Jack Bogdanski’s Treatise Cited by U.S. Tax Court

Professor Jack Bogdanski’s treatise, Federal Tax Valuation,was cited, and quoted, by the U.S. Tax Court on November 19, 2020, in the court’s opinion in Fakiris v. Commissioner.

Small Business Legal Clinic Expands Its Patent Program with Education and Patent Filings

The Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) has been working to educate entrepreneurs on patents to protect their unique products as well as filing patent applications for clients.

Earthrise Protects Salt Ponds in the Bay Area

Earthrise Law Center, at Lewis & Clark Law School, on behalf of their client San Francisco Baykeeper, recently won an important case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to protect salt ponds in Redwood City, California.

Law School Student Featured in National ABA Video

The American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights and the Law School Admission Council created a video featuring disabled lawyers and law students.
Law school student and SBA President Amanda Pham Haines ’21 was featured in the
 ABA video.

LITC Presents to Migrant Parents and Educators

The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) at Lewis & Clark Law School presented at the annual Oregon Migrant Education Program (MEP) Conference, November 6 and 7, 2020.

CJRC’s Work with Nonunanimous Juries Featured Prominently in OSB Cover Story

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) and Clinic Director Aliza Kaplan were prominently featured in the OSB Bulletin for the work Professor Kaplan and the Clinic have done to end nonunanimous jury convictions and help people convicted by a nonunanimous jury post Ramos.

Criminal Justice Reform Clinic Obtains 14 Clemencies Since April

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) petitioned for and received an amazing 14 commutations for their clients since April of this year. CJRC also made Oregon history when Governor Kate Brown commuted its client to the Parole Board after reducing his sentence from Life Without Parole to Life, the first time such a commutation has happened in Oregon.

The 28th Annual Animal Law Conference—Another Success for the Books!

The 28th Annual Animal Law Conference—Impacts On Animals In A Changing Climate—was held October 23-25th and was a “virtual” triumph!

Working At The Roots: How Animal Advocates Can Become Critical Allies Against Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty

Studies have proven a clear link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. Animal advocates can play an important role in stopping violence to human and non-human animal victims, by becoming allies in the fight against domestic violence.

Alums Honored by the Oregon State Bar

The Oregon State Bar is honoring four alumni from Lewis & Clark Law School. The 2020 Annual Awards, will be presented on November 6, 2020, in a virtual ceremony.

Lewis & Clark Law Student Legal Observers Attend Portland Protests

Lewis & Clark law students were highlighted In the October 2020 issue of Multnomah Lawyer for their work as Legal Observers (LO) during the protests that have been happening every night since May 25 in downtown Portland.

Distinguished Env. Law Visitor: “U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration: A Law and Policy Perspective”

Professor Alexandra B. Klass, University of Minnesota Law School was the 32nd annual Distinguished Environmental Law Visitor.

Environmental Law Alums & Students Honored

Lewis & Clark’s environmental law program honored several alumni on October 13, 2020, in a virtual event.

Dr. Raj Reddy Leads Global Animal Law and Animal Law LLM Degree

Dr. Rajesh K. Reddy is stepping into a new role as the Global Animal Law and Advanced Degree Program Director for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, after serving as the Animal Law LLM Program Director since 2018.

Sammons Family Charitable Foundation Supports Public Interest Law Students

The Sammons Family Charitable Foundation has generously donated $5,000 to the Lezak Legacy Endowment Fund at Lewis & Clark Law School. The Foundation intends to make this an annual commitment to support Lezak Legacy Program.

LITC Secures Win for Jamaican Farmworkers

The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) is co-counseling with attorney Ellen Kreitmeier to represent several farmworkers from Jamaica who were in the United States on H2A visas to harvest apples in 2018. The IRS rejected the farmworkers’ claims for a personal exemption based on a misapplication of a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This caused the farmworkers to pay taxes on every dollar earned.

Alum Works to Pass First Emergency COVID Workplace Standards in Virginia

Jason Yarashes ’12, lead attorney and program coordinator of the Virginia Justice Project for Farm and Immigrant Workers at the Legal Aid Justice Center, led the charge to get Virginia to pass the first COVID-19 enforceable emergency workplace standard in the United States. Other states, including Oregon, are using this development to try and push their respective states and localities to do the same.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 1992 Commencement Speech

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to ever sit on the nation’s highest court, saddened the Lewis & Clark community. On September 29, 2020 from 5:00-6:00p.m. the Law School’s Alumni Board is hosting an online vigil to honor and reminisce on this amazing woman’s career and life.

Lewis & Clark Law School Welcomes 2020 1L Class

Lewis & Clark Law School welcomed a strong and diverse 1L class to campus this fall, in the socially distant outdoor seating within our amphitheater.

Lewis & Clark Law School Ranked #2 in Public Interest Jobs for 2019

Lewis & Clark Law School ranks #2 in the nation for full-time, long-term (FTLT), public interest job placement, based on Class of 2019 employment data and ABA Disclosures from all law schools.

Global Law Alliance Champions Wild Animals, Wild Spaces at Lewis & Clark Law School

Combining its nationally recognized expertise in environmental law and animal law, Lewis & Clark Law School announced the creation of the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (the “Alliance”). The Alliance is a champion for wild animals and wild spaces across the globe, working to protect animals and the environment through the development, implementation, and enforcement of international law. Law students (JD and LLM) actively participate in the work through two clinics within the Alliance.

Professor Lydia Loren’s Article Selected as Best Law Review Article

Thomson Reuters (West) has judged Professor Lydia Loren’s article, Copyright Jumps the Shark: The Music Modernization Act, one of the best law review articles related to entertainment, publishing and/or the arts published within the last year. Thomas Reuters (West) has included the article in the 2020 edition of the Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts Handbook, an anthology published annually.