#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.

Take a Summer Course at Lewis & Clark Law - From your Home

Lewis & Clark Law School is offering summer courses via distance learning for 2021!
Susan Jane Brown ?00.

Alum Receives Prestigious OSB Environmental Award

Susan Jane Brown ’00 was honored by the OSB ENR section on February 11, 2021.
Law student Ellie Nicoletta ?21.

Law Student Ellie Nicoletta Argues in Federal Court

Ellie Nicoletta ’21 argued in front of the federal district court on March 17, 2021, opposing the USDA’s motion to dismiss a case regarding the deregulation of pig slaughterhouses.
The John Day Dam is a concrete gravity run-of-the-river dam spanning the Columbia River near Gold...

Earthrise Files Lawsuit Challenging Dams on Columbia and Snake Rivers

Earthrise Law Center filed an eighth supplemental complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon over the federal hydropower systems in the Columbia and Snake Rivers and the agencies’ failure to comply with the ESA and NEPA.

Sarah Lora Drafts Comments for ABA Section on Taxation

Sarah Lora drafted comments submitted by the ABA Section of Taxation to the Internal Revenue Service.

Student Brittany Rowe Presents in Federal Court

Law student Brittany Rowe recently had a rare opportunity: arguing in federal court in cutting-edge litigation aimed at protecting farmed animals – all part of her participation in the Animal Law Litigation Clinic.
Matthew Campa Wyss Scholar

Matthew Campa Named Wyss Scholar

Matthew Campa ’22 was selected as the fourth Wyss Scholar at 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.
Civet, Botswana, Africa.

ABA Calls for Negotiation of International Animal Welfare Treaty

The ABA adopted a resolution calling for the U.S. Department of State to lead the negotiation of an international convention for the protection of animals to protect public health, the environment, and animal well-being. Professor Raj Reddy co-authored the resolution.
Lydia Loren working with production company.

Professor Loren Helps Make Bar Review More Affordable

Professor Lydia Loren is using her expertise in Real Property to make bar review more affordable for law students.
L-R; Kylie Couturier (screen), Anneke Banda, Sage Mist, Rachael English, Carrington Bell (screen)...

Students Compete at Regional Mock Trial Competition

Six students from Moot Court: Mock Trial competed at the regional competition on February 5-7, 2021.
A juvenile grizzly bear stands on the shore after a long day of catching fish in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Alumni Work to Protect Pristine Alaskan Watershed

Three alums are involved in a battle to protect the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska.

Study Indian Law Remotely This Summer at Lewis & Clark Law School

The Indian Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School will be offering summer courses via remote learning for the first time during Summer 2021.

Professor Benjamin Discusses Climate Effect on Communities of Color at ABA Webinars

Professor Lisa Benjamin is participating in a series of webinars the ABA section on Civil Rights and Social Justice is doing during the month of February in honor of Black History Month.

Alum Ethan Snyder is Director of Academic Resources and Diversity

Lewis & Clark Law School welcomes alum Ethan Snyder ’20 as the new director of Academic Resources and Diversity.  
CFS Director and LC Law alum, George Kimbrell

Alums fight for food safety and the environment

Four alums are engaged in legal battles related to food safety - for humans, animals, and the environment - through their work at the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a nationwide nonprofit. CFS has won several important cases recently, thanks to the hard work of these alums.

Kathryn Schultz

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

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.
The United States Capitol Building as viewed from the Senate side.

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.
Professor Jeffrey Jones

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 virtual Celebration of Life event is scheduled for January 29 at 3:00p.m. PDT.
Asian elephants in the wild on the island of Sri Lanka.

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.
Professor Aliza Kaplan and clinic students.

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.
Clinic student Alison Kavanagh and client Juliette McShane.

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.
Alexandra Klass

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.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Law School Commencement 1992

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.
Jacqueline O?Keefe firefighter

Student Spends Summer Firefighting and Clerking

Jacqueline O’Keefe (3L), shared with us her experience as a firefighter, and clerking this summer for a federal judge:

First Recipient of the Huffman Scholarship Award Announced

Professor Jim Oleske is the first recipient of the annual Huffman Scholarship Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty scholarship. Emeritus Dean and Professor James Huffman endowed the award to be given annually to a faculty member chosen by a three-member faculty committee, based on scholarship written the year prior.

Lewis & Clark Law School Co-Hosts International Peacemaking Colloquium

Lewis & Clark Law School co-hosted with the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) the international 2020 Peacemaking Colloquium which highlighted Tribal/Indigenious/State dispute resolutions with participants from the United States, Ireland, Columbia, England, and Scotland.
Pangolins are the world?s most trafficked mammal.

Leveraging U.S. Law for the International Protection of Pangolins

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. In this blog, Professors Erica Lyman and Nick Fromherz explain why they took action earlier today to protect pangolins through the filing of a petition under the Pelly Amendment in response to the conservation crisis facing pangolins.
Allegheny National Forest. Photo by Ryan Talbott

Lewis & Clark alums instrumental in historic gas pipeline case

Several Lewis & Clark Law alums, Ryan Talbott, Derek Teaney, and Ben Luckett, played important roles in a recent D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals case, Allegheny Defense Project v Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), overturning 50 years of precedent. Ellen Gilmer, is the journalist who wrote a Bloomberg article analyzing the court’s decision.

Innovative Foundations Class Teaches Professional Development to First-Year Students

Now in its third year, the Foundations of Professional Practice course teaches students skills both to navigate law school and to create a solid professional identity. The course, proposed and developed by Professor of Lawyering Sandy Patrick, is a required course for all first-year students.
Oustanding Mentee: Chloe Williams

24th Annual Mentor & Mentee Award Winners

The 24th annual Lewis & Clark Law School 1L Mentor Program honored mentors Elizabeth Savage ’14 and Ryan Kunkel ’15 with the Andrea Swanner Redding Award. Mentees Chloe Williams ’22 and Jenna Richards ’22 both received the Outstanding Mentee of the Year Award. This year, the in-person ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19.

22nd Annual Harpole Award and Scholarship Winners Announced

The 2020 Harpole Awards were recently announced: Law student Natalie Hollabaugh received the 2020 Harpole Memorial Scholarship, and attorney Luis Garcia received the Harpole Attorney Award.

Alumnus Robert Doeckel Returns to Teach Lawyering

Lewis & Clark Law School welcomes alumnus Robert Doeckel as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering. He graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2014, and later served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marco A. Hernández at the District of Oregon.

Earthrise Files Lawsuit to Save Māui Dolphins

On May 21, 2020, Earthrise, and their co-counsel Sea Shepherd Legal, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sea Shepherd New Zealand and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society challenging the U.S. government’s failure to protect New Zealand’s critically endangered Māui dolphin.

Amicus Curiae Briefs to Oregon Supreme Court Regarding Convictions Based on Nonunanimous Jury Instructions

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic joined five other organizations in filing amicus briefs asking the Oregon Supreme Court to hold that all convictions obtained in a trial that included the nonunanimous jury instruction be reversed and remanded for a new trial.

Lewis & Clark Law Review Publishes Class Actions Symposium Issue

The Lewis & Clark Law Review has published Volume 24, Issue 2 and all articles are available online. The Symposium issue is a collection of articles that were presented at the “Class Actions, Mass Torts, and MDLs: the Next 50 Years” symposium.

The Region’s Largest IPO Ever - The Inside Story from ‘14 Alumnus

James Henry ’14, Corporate Counsel for ZoomInfo, took a few moments to answer some questions about what it’s like working for a company during the IPO process.

Law School Deans, Faculty Ask for “Diploma Privilege”

The deans of Oregon’s three law schools wrote to the Oregon Supreme Court today with a petition to institute a one-time emergency “diploma privilege.” The petition is signed by faculty from all the law schools.

Students Volunteer Over 16,000 Hours This Year

In a remarkable demonstration of passion and commitment to the community, Lewis & Clark Law students volunteered a record 16,000 hours this year to over 105 organizations from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Boley Creates Protest Resource Guide

The Boley Law Library has created a Protest Resource Guide to provide practical and academic support for protestors within the Lewis & Clark community.

NCVLI Hosts Free Webinar on Victim’s Rights During COVID

The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) is hosting a free, two-day webinar featuring a series of panel discussions with leading victims’ rights advocates on June 18-19, 2020. The webinar will cover fighting for victims’ rights during COVID and facing future challenges to victims’ rights with unique panels on each day of the event.
Professor Robert Klonoff

Robert Klonoff is 2020 Leo Levenson Award Recipient

Professor Robert Klonoff is named as the Leo Levenson Award by the graduating class of 2020.

Law School Letters/Statements Re: Killing of George Floyd

Links to statements, letters and resources.
Adriana Gomez

2020 DWT International Law Writing Awards Recipients Announced

The 2020 Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT) International Law Writing Awards winners are Adriana Gomez and Brittaney Bones. Established through the generosity of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, the Lewis & Clark Law School award program provides a $2,500 stipend for the best research paper written in the past year by a Lewis & Clark JD student on any topic in international or comparative law, and a $1,000 stipend for the second best paper.
Danny Alcazar

CJRC Files Amicus Brief for COVID Related Release

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School (CJRC or Clinic) and the ACLU of Oregon filed an amicus brief on Friday in Curry County Circuit Court in the case of Danny Alcazar, 28, who is seeking release from prison while his case is on appeal. Alcazar is currently being held on a parole violation in Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem.

LITC Helps Homeless Clients

The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) at Lewis & Clark Law School has collaborated with Street Roots, a local non-profit, to prepare tax returns for homeless individuals so they can receive their stimulus checks.

2020 Employment Stats for Grads: Over 90%

Lewis & Clark Law School presented its 2018-19 employment statistics showing 90.8% of 2019 graduates as currently employed or with a near-term start date, or pursuing further graduate education.

Immigration Law Students Contribute to Human Rights Report

Students in the Transformative Immigration Law course contributed to a human rights report published on April 22, 2020. The report addresses the issue of youths separated from their families and detained by ICE for months in juvenile detention facilities in Washington and at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR).
Calvin Duncan with Professor Aliza Kaplan.

Incoming Student Profile: Jailhouse Lawyer Who Brought Case to Supreme Court

Incoming 2020 law student Calvin Duncan brings some 23 years of experience in the law from his work as a jailhouse lawyer. While he was an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, he taught himself the law and helped to free several inmates. Lawyers sought his advice on issues, and he became very good at spotting a promising legal issue among his fellow inmates.

Professor Writes Oped on Slaughterhouse Kill Rates During COVID

Delcianna Winders, Director of the Animal Law Litigation Clinic, published an op-ed in New York Daily News on April 28, 2020, regarding the Trump administration’s use of the coronavirus as an excuse to loosen meat-processing rules.

Law Faculty and Assistant Dean Recognized for Leadership and Service

Lawyering Professor Aliza Kaplan, Director of the Law School’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Academic Resources, J.B. Kim were honored by Lewis & Clark’s Student Leadership and Service (SLS) Award Committee for their leadership skills and dedication to service on the law school campus and in the community.

Small Business Legal Clinic Provides COVID-19 Resources

The Small Business Legal Clinic at Lewis and Clark Law School, which provides business transactional legal services to low-income small and emerging businesses in Oregon, has set up one-on-one meetings with attorneys for COVID-19 related issues as well as created a web page for all COVID-19 related general legal information. The webpage contains pandemic related legal resources for small businesses including information on lease renegotiation and how to handle a broken contract. In May, they will including resources on regulations for reopening businesses.

The Center for Animal Law Studies Launches New International Wildlife Law Clinic

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and the Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School are pleased to announce a new International Wildlife Law Clinic. The Clinic – to be launched in the fall of 2020 and taught by wildlife law expert and scholar, Professor Erica Lyman – will provide a forum for CALS’ Animal Law LLM students to study international wildlife law in a clinic setting with the goal of advancing the protection of wildlife across the globe.
L-R: Patty Butterfield, Venetia Mayhew, Suzanne Mills, Brittany Hill ?19.

CJRC Clients Receive Clemency and Win Parole

Governor Kate Brown commuted two clients of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at the beginning of April. Suzanne Miles and Patricia Butterfield both applied for clemency in 2018 and were released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility on April 10, 2020. A third client of CJRC, parolee Joshua Wilburn, was released nearly three months early on April 20th. The Clinic submitted 80 pages of material, including a parole plan, and represented him in his hearing in from of the Parole Board this past fall; Mr. Wilburn was successful at both his murder review hearing then and at his exit interview on March 16, 2020.

Endowed Scholar Announced for Animal Law and Policy

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Professor Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean and founder of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), has been named as a Brooks McCormick Jr. Scholar of Animal Law and Policy.

Law Student is Guest Speaker at Oregon Legal Events

Diego Gutiérrez ’21, a second-year law student at Lewis & Clark Law School, is already making an impression on the legal community. In February, Gutiérrez was invited to speak at two events in Portland about his journey as an undocumented immigrant to becoming a law school student. On February 18, 2020, he was the only non-judge panelist at an event to honor Latinx Heroes and on February 21, 2020, he spoke at the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s annual dinner

Supreme Court Strikes Down Non-Unanimous Jury Convictions in Criminal Cases, Cites Professor Kaplan in Opinion

Aliza Kaplan, Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic and Professor of Lawyering, was cited by US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in his concurring opinion in Ramos v. Louisiana, decided in April. In the Ramos decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down nonunanimous jury verdicts as unconstitutional.

Inspector Files Sworn Statement in Support of Legal Challenge to Pig Slaughter Deregulation

A New Trump administration rule that largely deregulates pig slaughter operations will increase fecal contamination; diseased pigs being allowed for human consumption; toenails, hair and abscesses allowed into meat; and animal mistreatment, according to a new sworn statement by a federal slaughterhouse inspector.

Lewis & Clark Recognized for Campus Beauty and Academics

Lewis & Clark Law School is well-known for its beautiful green campus that blends in with the surrounding nature of Tryon Creek State Natural Area. For a school with an environmental law program that is ranked #1 in the nation by US News and World Report and given an A+ ranking by preLaw, it makes sense that the campus itself embraces its natural setting.

World Aquatic Animal Day April 3

The virtual event, World Aquatic Animal Day, Friday, April 3, 2020, is designed to raise global awareness for aquatic animals as an often overlooked species. An annual event, World Aquatic Animal Day is a project of the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative and the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School. This year (2020) the event focus is on aquaculture. Aquaculture refers to agriculture (whether plant or animal-based) in marine and freshwater environments.
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International Wildlife Law Clinic for Animal Law LLM

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and the Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School launches an International Wildlife Law Clinic for Animal Law LLM students, led by wildlife law expert and scholar, Professor Erica Lyman. The Clinic will open in Fall 2020.

Professor Serves as Legal Advisor at the Convention on Migratory Species

Professor Chris Wold has played a vital role as a legal advisor to the Convention on Migratory Species’ (CMS) since 2014, advising on voting and other procedures as well as drafting resolutions designed to protect migratory animals. This February, Wold was in India as an advisor to CMS at the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP).

Earthrise Settles Case Protecting Wild Salmon

On February 11, 2020, Earthrise Law Center, the environmental legal clinic at Lewis and Clark Law School, settled a case protecting wild salmon from a net pen collapse that released hundreds of thousand non-native Atlantic salmon into the Puget Sound.

Alumni Running for Judgeships

Three alumni and one adjunct professor from Lewis and Clark Law School are running for local judicial openings on upcoming ballots.

First Diehl Environmental Law Fellows Announced

Lewis and Clark Law School’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program announced the first four recipients for Diehl Fellowships. Three current students and one recent graduate were selected from a pool of applicants in February. The 2020 Diehl Environmental Law Fellows are Audrey Leonard ’20, Jesse Caldwell ’20, Teryn Yazdani ’20, and Dani Replogle ’19. Each Fellow will receive a $40,000 stipend for their work in public interest environmental law.
Professor Sarah Lora

LITC Director Moderates ABA Tax Panel

The Director of the Lewis and Clark Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and Vice Chair of the ABA Tax Section Pro Bono and Tax Clinic Committee, Sarah Lora, moderated a panel called “Employment Income Characterization through the Taxpayer Rights Lens” at the ABA Midyear Tax Section meeting in Boca Raton, Florida on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Professor Tom Buchele

Earthrise Leads Efforts to Fight Proposed Changes to NEPA

Earthrise Law Center recently submitted extensive comments on the government’s proposed changes for how federal agencies must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Public Interest Law Project Hosts Most Successful Auction in Years

The Lewis & Clark Law School Public Interest Law Project (PILP) auction on February 22, 2020, raised the most money since 2013. Over 200 people attended, which was also a significant increase from prior years. The additional funds raised will allow PILP to provide more summer awards to students who have an unpaid public interest internship.

Alumnus Brandon Thompson Appointed as Judge in Washington County

Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment of alumnus Brandon M. Thompson’01 to the Washington County Circuit Court on February 13, 2020.

International Law and CBLI Host Conference on Import-Export Law

On March 6, 2020, Lewis & Clark’s International Law Program and the Center for Business Law & Innovation (CBLI) hosted the conference, Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Control, and Sanctions, to a standing-room only crowd which included law students and area attorneys.

Animal Law Pioneer Adds Professor of Law to her Titles

The faculty at Lewis and Clark Law School welcomed Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean and founder of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), as a full Professor of Law in February.

Student Selected to Present Paper at Environmental Law Symposium

Sadie Normoyle (’20) will be presenting her paper, “Protecting Water Quality Through Tribal Treaty Fishing Rights: An Analysis of Idaho’s Fish Consumption Rate”, at the University of Arizona’s Next Generation of Environmental Law Symposium in April. The paper will also be published in the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy in the Summer 2020 issue.

Professor Aliza Kaplan

Prof Kaplan, CJRC in NY Times

In a story about non-unanimous juries, professor Aliza Kaplan and the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic are mentioned for research on how the law affects Oregonians.

Lewis & Clark Law School Welcomes Arthur Haubenstock as Executive Director of the Green Energy Institute

Lewis & Clark Law School announced today that Arthur Haubenstock has been appointed Executive Director of the Green Energy Institute (GEI), and will oversee the Institute’s work to support the transition of the Pacific Northwest and western region toward a 100% clean energy system. Professor Melissa Powers, who founded GEI in 2013, will continue to serve as Faculty Director, working closely with Arthur, staff attorney Amelia Schlusser, and the Institute’s Fellows to further GEI’s mission.
Maddy Munson

Maddy Munson Named Wyss Scholar

Maddy Munson ’21 is the third 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.

Environmental Law Review Publishes New Edition; Focus on Ninth Circuit Review

Environmental Law, the nation’s oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues, published Volume 49, No. 4 in January 2020. This issue is focused on the Ninth Circuit Review, containing twenty-five summaries of environmental and natural resources cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided between January 2018 and January 2019.
Superfund symposium 2020

LC law alums, experts in environmental compliance issues, to present at Superfund 2020 symposium

Three Lewis & Clark Law School alums, including Leah Feldon (’04), Cyndy Mackey (’86), and Laura Kerr (’14), will provide expert analysis at an upcoming symposium on Superfund issues organized by the Environmental Law Education Center (ELEC). 

Two Alums Appointed as Judges in Multnomah County

On September 11, 2019, Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment of two Lewis and Clark alums, Morgan Wren Long (’07) and F.G. “Jamie” Troy II (’95), to the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Student Wins First Place Award from the American College of Legal Medicine

Christopher Griffin ’20 was recently recognized by the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) for his paper, Urban Indian Health Care: At Odds with the Trust Doctrine, Federal Policy, and Self-Determination?Griffin received the First Place Orr Award for the national 2020 Student Writing Competition by ACLM.

CBLI and the International Law Program Host Import and Export Symposium March 6

Lewis & Clark’s Center for Business Law and Innovation and the International Law Program are holding a half-day symposium titled Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Control, and Sanctions. The event will be held at the Lewis and Clark Campus on March 6, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a reception following.
Hira Jaleel and Irene Au-Young with Animal Law Litigation Clinic Director Delci Winders as they p...

Clinic Files Lawsuit Against USDA over Slaughter of Sick, Injured Pigs

ALLC, represnting animal protection groups, sue the USDA for failing to protect pigs who are too sick or injured to walk at slaughterhouses, posing serious risks to animals and food safety.

IELP Hires New Staff Attorney

The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) at Lewis & Clark Law School has hired Nick Fromherz as a staff attorney for the clinic.

CJRC and Local Non-Profit Forensic Justice Project, Work Together on New Clinic Project

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark Law School, together with the Forensic Justice Project (FJP), a local non-profit in Portland, Oregon, is offering CJRC students a new clinical project centered around forensic science issues to begin in Spring 2020.
Michelle DePass at Lewis & Clark Law

Michelle J. DePass Inspires at MLK Lecture

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr lecture was delivered by Michelle J. DePass, who inspired attendees to be agitators for environmental justice.

Lewis & Clark Celebrates 50 years of Environmental Law, 1970 - 2020

Lewis & Clark Celebrates 50 years of Environmental Law, 1970 - 2020

Lewis and Clark Law School was one of the first law schools to create an environmental law program. Today, celebrating a 50-year milestone, it is one of the most robust programs in the nation and has consistently been ranked by U.S. News as the Number 1 or 2 environmental law program in the nation.

Lewis & Clark and GNHRE Host Webinar on the Outcome of COP25

Lewis & Clark Law School and the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) are hosting the first webinar in the GNHRE webinar series on February 10, 2020 at 11:00a.m. EST on “The Outcomes of COP25-Implications for the Climate Vulnerable.”

Anonymous Donor Funds Animal Law Professor of Practice Position

Thanks to the far-sighted generosity of an anonymous donor, the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School (CALS) is pleased to announce that it has a commitment of $440,000 to fund our full-time Animal Law Professor of Practice position for four years.

Faculty and Student Write Environmental Law Book Reviews

Professor Melissa Powers and Lewis and Clark Law School student Destiny Shelton ’20 wrote book reviews that were published in Transnational Environmental Law, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of environmental law.

Criminal Justice Reform Clinic Students Help Exonerate Oregon Man

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Nick McGuffin was able to walk out of prison after nine years as a free man. Since 2015, Lewis & Clark Law School Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) students have been involved in the case to have McGuffin’s case overturned due to exculpatory DNA testing, first working with the Oregon Innocence Project in the early years of the case and more recently with the Forensic Justice Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping defense lawyers understand, find, and challenge scientific evidence introduced during trial. 
Left to Right: Aliza Kaplan, Joe O'Leary, Governor Kate Brown, Johnathan Baker, Venetia Mayhew.

CJRC Obtains Clemency for Client

Governor Kate Brown commuted Johnathan Baker, a client of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, sentence on December 17, 2019. A minor when he was convicted, Baker was released from custody two and a half years early on his ten-year sentence.  

Professor Ozan Varol Releases New Book ‘Think Like a Rocket Scientist’

Professor Ozan Varol’s new book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist, reveals the playbook that rocket scientists use to turn the seemingly impossible into the possible.

Nargess Shadbeh ‘85 Awarded the 2020 PILP Amburgey Award

Nargess Shadbeh, a 1985 graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School was announced as the recipient for the 2020 Public Interest Law Project’s Amburgey Award.

GEI Authors Petition for Oregon Diesel Emissions Regulation

The Green Energy Institute and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center co-author a petition to the state of Oregon to establish a cap on toxic diesel emissions.
The international border wall.

Students featured in ABA Magazine

Three 2L students were featured in the ABA Student Lawyer Magazine for their pro bono work with asylum seekers at the border.
Clinic student Cristina Kladis with Clinic professor Delcianna Winders

Animal Law Litigation Clinic Files Lawsuit Against USDA

ALLC represents seven animal protection and conservation groups as they sue the USDA for gutting pig slaughterhouse oversight

Professor Kathy Hessler Receives National Animal Law Award

Animal Law Clinic Director and Animal Law Professor, Kathy Hessler, received the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) Excellence in Animal Law: Scholarship, Teaching, and Service Award for 2020. 

Student Makes Oral Argument to the Oregon Court of Appeals

Bruce Myers, 3L, argued a post-conviction relief (PCR) appeal in front of the Oregon Court of Appeals on August 1, 2019.

Professor Lydia Loren Publishes Fifth Edition of Copyright Casebook

Professor Lydia Loren has just released the fifth edition of her casebook- Copyright in a Global Information Economy.  This edition provides both comprehensive topic coverage and integrated treatment of doctrinal, theoretical, international, and policy questions. 
All Award Winners

Students Selected for Moot Court/Mock Trial Team

The top six students from Lewis and Clark’s Moot Court: Mock Trial class have been selected to represent the school in the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Mock Trial Regionals held at Seattle University from February 7-9, 2020.

Students Volunteer to Help Immigrant Taxpayers

Seven Lewis & Clark Law students helped immigrant taxpayers fill out applications for an ITIN renewal at a recent workshop organized by Professor Sarah Lora, along with El Programa Hispano. The workshop was held at Lewis & Clark’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic in downtown Portland office. 
Left to right: Amanda Pham Haines, Mathias Chau, Alexandra Choi Giza

Lewis & Clark Students Attend National ABA Conventions

Three Lewis & Clark Law School students attended the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention and the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) Conference, both held in Austin, Texas from November 7-10, 2019. 

Adjunct Professor Teaches Seminar at McLaren Correctional Facility

Adjunct Professor Joe O’Leary teaches a Juvenile Justice seminar class at MacLaren Correctional Facility to both Lewis and Clark Law School students and incarcerated individuals each fall. 
Paul Casey, May 2019

Paul Casey, Honorary Alumnus, Friend of the Law School, Passes Away

Longtime friend and benefactor of the law school, Paul Casey died at the age of 91. His legacy lives on in scholarships and scholars.

Professor Ozan Varol Inducted Into the International Academy of Comparative Law

Lewis & Clark Law Professor Ozan Varol was recently inducted into the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL), a highly selective academy of scholars that was founded at The Hague following World War I. Only a few scholars are nominated from the United States each year.
Intel executives Trevor Jones and Michael Labbee presenting to students.

Center for Business Law and Innovation Hosts First Workshop

CBLI hosted its first Xperiential Workshop with presentations from Intel and NW Natural executives.

Professor Robert Klonoff Writes Book on Federal Multidistrict Litigation

Professor Robert Klonoff has written the first complete treatment of this area of law in his new book Federal Multidistrict Litigation in a Nutshell.
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Criminal Justice Reform Clinic Files Amicus Brief in Ninth Circuit

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark Law School recently filed a joint amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in support of an Oregon Law Center lawsuit. The Metropolitan Public Defender’s (MPD) Community Law Division, which partners with CJRC on the Barrier Reduction Project, joined CJRC in submitting the brief.

Animal Law Conference will Host 400 Attendees This Weekend

Over 400 attorneys, law students, leaders of nonprofits and animal protection advocates will meet for the 27th Annual Animal Law Conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Animal Law Studies at  Lewis & Clark Law School, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Lewis & Clark ALDF Student Chapter, October 25-27, 2019, at Pure Space in downtown Portland.

Legal Scholars, Judges, and Practitioners Convene on Future of Class Actions, Mass Torts, and MDLs

Lewis and Clark Law School and the Pound Civil Justice Institute are co-sponsoring a two-day, CLE-accredited academic symposium on November 1-2, 2019 to discuss the future of these lawsuits.  The symposium, Class Actions, Mass Torts, and MDLs: The Next 50 Years, will host noted legal scholars from around the country.
Salmon swimming in clear water in an aquarium seen from the side

Environmental Law Symposium Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Landmark Decision

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission are hosting a day-long symposium on October 18, 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Judge Robert Belloni’s historic opinion in U.S. v. Oregon.
Deschutes River surrounded by eastern Oregon desert hills

SBLC Cultivates Relationship with Native Rural Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) of Lewis & Clark Law School has been awarded grants from The Ford Family Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Program to increase outreach and direct legal services to rural communities.

Environmental Law Publishes Symposium Edition

Lewis and Clark’s Environmental Law, the nation’s oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues, released Volume 49, No. 3. 

Professor Samir Parikh Invited to Present at Oxford University

Professor Samir Parikh has been invited back to Oxford University on November 6, 2019, to present his new paper, The Golden Age of Bankruptcy Tourism, to business law faculty and PhD students as part of the Oxford Business Law Workshop Series

Jie Lian ‘20 Receives National Intellectual Property Award

The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) Jan Jancin Selection Committee named Jie Lian ’20 to receive the prestigious Jan Jancin Award for his passion for learning, leadership in intellectual property (IP) related activities, professionalism, and commitment to IP law. 

Incoming Class of 2022 Gives Back to the Community

Nearly 180 incoming students participated in an afternoon of service by volunteering their time to ten community organizations in August.

New Director for IELP Announced

Professor Erica Lyman will lead the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), taking over the mantle of leadership from professor and founder Chris Wold who served as IELP’s director for 14 years.

Lewis & Clark Law School Receives $3.7 Million to Support Environmental Law Fellowships, Scholarships

Lewis & Clark Law School received a charitable bequest totaling $3.7 million  to support public interest environmental law fellowships and scholarships. This bequest is the second-largest single gift ever made to the law school.
Legal system concept gavel and law books in courthouse

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic has Two Wins!

The Low Income-Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) recently prevailed on two court cases.The clinic successfully won a motion to dismiss in front of the U.S. District Court, and received a concession from the IRS in the U.S. Tax Court. LITC students were instrumental to the success of these two arguments.

Oregon State Bar honors Professor Powers with Sustainability Award

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.”

Angela Lucero ‘03 Appointed Judge for Multnomah Co Circuit Court

In August, Angela Franco Lucero ’03 was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Governor Kate Brown ’85

Lewis & Clark Law Review Publishes Edition on Cannabis Legalization

The Lewis & Clark Law Review, ranked 41st among general-interest law reviews by Washington & Lee Citation Rankings, released Volume 23, No. 2, which focuses on marijuana in the law. 

Lewis & Clark Law School Welcomes the Class of 2022

The class of 2022, 177 strong, participated in orientation ceremonies earlier this month, featuring Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson and Dean Jennifer Johnson.

Jan Pierce Retires After 19 Years

Clinical professor Jan Pierce led the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic for 19 years. Along the way, he guided many law students toward their legal careers.

Law Librarian Mari Cheney Wins AALL Writing Competition

Mari Cheney, Assistant Director of Research and Instruction of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Boley Law Library, won the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) “Call for Papers” competition with her short form essay, “The Hearing-Impaired Law Librarian: Navigating Silent Spaces.”

GEI Publishes Report Urging Policymakers to Take Action on Diesel

Portland suffers from some of the highest levels of diesel pollution in the United States. A recently released report from the Green Energy Institute (GEI) at Lewis & Clark Law School describes strategies to effectively address this pollution, in Deconstructing DieselA Law & Policy Roadmap for Reducing Diesel Emissions in the Portland Metropolitan Area.” 

Doug Beloof Leaves a Lasting Impact on Crime Victims’ Rights

Doug Beloof, Professor of Law and Secretary of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)retired this summer. He has been a staunch and compassionate advocate of crime victims’ rights for almost 40 years, coming onto the criminal justice scene as a young prosecutor in the 1980s when crime victims’ rights were just beginning to be publicly discussed.

Profs Kanter & Kaplan Work with State Legislature to Limit the Death Penalty

This June, the Oregon legislature passed a bill to substantially narrow Oregon’s death penalty, SB 1013. Governor Brown ’85 signed the bill into law on August 1, 2019, in a ceremony attended by Emeritus Dean and Professor of Law Steve Kanter and Director of CJRC, Professor of Law Aliza Kaplan, Legislative Director of ACLU Kimberly McCullough ’13, and Legislative Director of Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Mary Sofia ’10. Each of them has dedicated countless hours to get this bill passed into law. 

Carma Corcoran Selected for Fellowship to Advance Democratic Values

Carma Corcoran, Lewis & Clark Law School’s Indian Law Summer Program Coordinator, has received a two-year fellowship by the Kettering Foundation’s Deliberative Democracy Institute (DDI). The fellowship is aimed at improving civil society by fostering a learning exchange between people from diverse nations.
Wood Hall

August 1 Deadline for Environmental Law Masters Degree

The Masters of Law in Environmental Law for non-lawyers meets a growing demand for specialized knowledge.

Earthrise Scores a Win to Save Endangered Condors

In a hard-fought Ninth Circuit case, Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School recently prevailed in a suit against the US Forest Service under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for failing to stop the disposal of lead ammunition in Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest. The lead from the ammunition used by hunters poisons the remains of animals that have been shot, thereby killing or injuring critically endangered condors that scavenge in the area.

CJRC Triumphant in Parole Case

During the spring semester 2019, the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic of Lewis & Clark Law School (CJRC) was successful in a parole hearing called a “murder review” for a prisoner who was convicted as a juvenile.

CJ Fuenzalida Awarded National Fellowship in Intellectual Property Law

CJ Fuenzalida, a second-year law student at Lewis & Clark Law School, is one of 30 law students selected for the national fellowship from the Hispanic Bar National Association’s Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI). Co-sponsored by Microsoft, the highly competitive fellowship funds students’ participation in IPLI’s IP Law immersion program.

CJRC Examines Trespass Arrests at Portland Hospitals

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark College joined forces with Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) to evaluate Portland Police Bureau trespass arrests at hospitals over a one year period. The resulting report, titled  “The Unwanteds: Looking for Help, Landing in Jail,” found that in 94 percent of the cases – representing 133 of the 142 times hospitals called police about an “unwanted person,’’ the subject of the call ended up arrested and booked into jail.

International Externships Offer Unparalleled Experience for Law Students

Lewis & Clark offers a plethora of externship opportunities, including those that provide academic credits and a carefully supervised, well-crafted work experience. They are part of many law students’ practical training and can be done internationally.

Center for Animal Law Studies Sponsors 3rd Animal Law Training in Zimbabwe Focused on Prosecutors

The third training organized by the Zimbabwean nonprofit, Speak Out for Animals (SOFA), was held in Harare, Zimbabwe earlier this month.

Pamela Hart Steps into New Role as Executive Director of CALS

Pamela Hart became the new Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School on June 1, after serving as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the past year.

Alison Roth

2019 DWT International Law Writing Competition Winners Named

The 2019 DWT International Law Writing Awards winners are Alison Roth ’19 and Katelyn Kindberg ’19. Established through the generosity of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, the Lewis & Clark Law School award program provides a $2,500 stipend for the best research paper written in the past year by a Lewis & Clark JD student on any topic in private or public international law, and a $1,000 stipend for the second best paper.

Law School Celebrates 2019 Commencement

On May 18, 2019, over 150 graduates received their Juris Doctor degrees, with eight graduates receiving a Master of Studies in Law, and seventeen earning a Masters of Law degree in Animal Law or Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law.  Fifty-seven students earned academic honors and thirty-five were inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society, noting their commitment to the law school community.

2019 Commencement speaker Judge McShane ’88 Speech

The Honorable Judge McShane’88 gave a most memorable commencement speech May 18, 2019 at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Here is the text of that speech.
Sandy Patrick gives award acceptance speech.

Professor Sandy Patrick Receives 2019 Leo Levenson Award

The Leo Levenson Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Professor Sandy Patrick by graduating student Anjana Kumar ’19 at the 2019 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

Joyce Tischler

Joyce Tischler to Join Animal Law Faculty

Animal law pioneer and founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Joyce Tischler, will join the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School as a Professor of Practice.
Professor Klonoff with 240 pounds of donated law casebooks, and his Cambodian students.

Professor Strengthens Ties to Cambodia Law School, NGOs

Professor Bob Klonoff delivered some 240 pounds of law books to the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia - all donated by the Lewis & Clark law faculty. He also assists law students with externships in Cambodia.

Animal Law Litigation Clinic to Focus on Farmed Animals

The Animal Law Litigation Clinic, (ALLC) focuses on farmed animals. The clinic is the first and only clinic in the U.S. focused specifically on animal law litigation and on farmed animals. Lewis & Clark Law School is the only law school to host two animal law clinics.
An artist's rendering of John MacMorris-Adix making oral arguments before the US District Court J...

Student Makes Oral Argument in Tax Case Before US District Court

John MacMorris-Adix, a 3L Low Income Tax Clinic intern, made an oral argument on an issue of first impression in the U.S. District Court in a case which has garnered national attention.
Wyss Scholar Cooper Rodgers '19 (center) with students Maya Alvear and Thomas Premo.

Wyss Scholar Hosts Environmental Law Outreach Program for State College Students

Early this spring, Lewis & Clark Law School’s inaugural Wyss Scholar, Cooper Rodgers ’19, invited two undergraduate students studying environmental sciences at state colleges in California to visit the law school and learn about career paths in environmental law. 
Professor Delcianna Winders

Clinical Professor in Animal Law

Delcianna Winders, noted animal law attorney, scholar, and professor, joins the Lewis & Clark Law School Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and leads the new Animal Law Litigation Clinic (opening fall 2019).

Teresa Smith Receives National Pro Bono Publico Award

Lewis & Clark Law School student Teresa Smith, 3L, was recently named the national 2019 Pro Bono Publico Award recipient, recognizing Smith’s exceptional pro bono contributions to the community.

Top grades for Environmental Law, Diversity

In the winter issue of preLaw magazine, Lewis & Clark Law School is given an A+ for its environmental law program and A- for Diversity.
Professor Sarah Lora

Sarah Lora to Lead Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)

Sarah Lora, a new clinical professor for the law school, will lead the Lewis & Clark Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) starting in June 2019, replacing beloved faculty member Jan Pierce, who is retiring after 19 years of clinic leadership.

2019 Harpole Awards Honor Nancy Murray ’90 and Cole Killion ’20

The 21st annual Harpole Awards Presentation took place at Stoel Rives on April 3.

International Law Writing: DWT Increases Awards

A rich tradition at DWT continues and gets a boost, as the 2019 International Law Writing Competition awards are increased.  April 18 is the deadline for submission of papers.

Lewis & Clark Law School Sunderland Plaza

LC Law Grads: 90% Find Employment or Pursue Graduate Degree

Lewis & Clark Law School’s 2017-18 employment statistics show 89.89% of 2018 graduates as currently employed, with a near-term start date, or pursuing LLM degrees or further graduate education, making Lewis & Clark one of the top law schools in the Pacific Northwest for employment outcomes.
Professor Lisa Benjamin

Prof. Benjamin Appointed to UN Climate Change Committee

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).
Elisa Dozono '06

Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) Roberts & Deiz Award Dinner Honors Alums

Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) recognized two Lewis & Clark Law School alumni Elisa Dozono ’06 and the Honorable Katherine Tennyson ’84, with their Roberts & Deiz Award (named for two alumni).

#1 in the Nation for Environmental Law

US News announced its 2020 rankings of law schools, and named Lewis & Clark Environmental Law program as number one in the nation.
Honored Judges with law student presenters.

OSB Diversity Section and First Year Law Students Celebrate Judges

First-year law students helped the Diversity Section of the Oregon State Bar honor seven judges -- five of them affiliated with the law school in some way -- for bringing diversity to the bench.
Donald Ayer

Distinguished Attorney Donald Ayer to Speak March 11

Attorney Donald B. Ayer presents the endowed Higgins lecture at the Lewis & Clark Law School on “The Subversive Side of Textualism and Original Intent.”  Mr. Ayer’s extraordinary career has combined government service with private and public interest legal work. 

Hannah Clements, 2L, NEDC Law Clerk and Wyss Scholar

Hannah Clements Named Wyss Scholar

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.

Professor Jeffrey Jones

Prof Jeff Jones 2018 Levenson Award

Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy Jeffrey D. Jones was honored with the 2018 Leo Levenson Teacher of the year Award.
Professor Lisa Benjamin

Professor Lisa Benjamin Joins Faculty

Dr. Lisa Benjamin will be joining the Lewis & Clark faculty in the fall of 2019 as the newest member of our Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program.
Wind turbine from aerial view. Sustainable development, environment friendly of wind turbine by g...

Study Shows Millions Reaped From Renewable Energy Projects in Oregon

The Green Energy Institute released a study showing that renewable energy projects provided more than $120 million over past four years to Oregon counties.
Professor Daniel Rohlf

Professor Rohlf Cited in NY District Court Census Decision

U.S. District Court Judge in New York cited an article written by Professor Dan Rohlf in his conclusion stating the addition of a question asking about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census is unlawful.

Gov. Brown, Sen. Heitkamp, Congressman Blumenauer at Energy Transition Forum Feb 9

Energy experts gather at “Tomorrow’s Energy System,”  a one-day forum to address the hurdles preventing a quick transition to a zero-carbon energy future.

LLM in Environmental Law Now Offered Online

Lewis & Clark Law School, recognized as having one of the best environmental law programs in the country, now offers its LLM degree in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law through a distance-learning online option.

Focus on Food Entrepreneurs at Forum Feb. 8

In its continued examination of food law, Lewis & Clark hosts a one day forum focusing on the regulatory complexities faced by food entrepreneurs.
Professor Bob Klonoff

Changes in Class Action Settlements Adopted by Supreme Court

Lewis & Clark Law professor Bob Klonoff played a major role on recent changes to the Federal Rules of Procedure relating to class actions.
Professor Lisa Benjamin

Lewis & Clark Hires Professor Lisa Benjamin

Professor Benjamin is the newest member of the acclaimed Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program and is a globally recognized expert and scholar in energy, climate change, and corporate law—particularly as they intersect.

Mock Trial Team. L to R: Helen Lee, Perry Kantor, Kelci Schmidt, Samantha Erwin, Silvia Badea, An...

Mock Trial Team Prepares for Regionals

Six students will represent Lewis & Clark Law School in the Mock Trial Regionals February 2019.
Senior US District Judge Anna Brown'80 administering the oath of allegiance toDiego Gutiérrez.

Lewis & Clark Law Student Diego Gutiérrez Celebrates U.S. Citizenship After 25 Years

Fellow students, professors and mentors celebrated 1L law student Diego Gutiérrez in a citizenship ceremony with alum Senior U.S. District Judge Anna Brown ’80.
Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law Robert Klonoff

Robert Klonoff Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Robert Klonoff, recognized for his scholarship in class action litigation, civil procedure, and appellate litigation, has received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of law from Who’s Who in America.
Gov. Brown with members of CJRC and the petitioner

CJRC Wins Clemency for Incarcerated Juvenile

Governor Kate Brown granted clemency to a young woman on the basis of a petition prepared by law students in the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic.
CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin with Professor Bob Klonoff at the 2018 Kennedy Lecture.

CNN Legal Analyst, Author Jeffrey Toobin at Lewis & Clark Law School

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and best-selling author was the featured speaker at the 2018 Kennedy Lecture. Professor Bob Klonoff led the q/a format.

Earthrise Secures Better Regulation of Industrial Stormwater Permits

Earthrise, Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental law clinic, is instrumental in settling a lawsuit regarding Oregon’s permit process for discharges of industrial stormwater.
Samir Parikh

Law Prof Oversees Bloomberg Law’s Bankruptcy Innovation Board

Professor Samir Parikh lends his expertise to Bloomberg Law as Editor in Chief of Bloomberg Law Bankruptcy Treatise and helps form a Bankruptcy Innovation Board of leading attorneys.
Melissa Powers

Powers speaks about Julianna vs. United States

On Oregon Public Radio, October 26, Lewis & Clark Law School professor Melissa Powers discussed Juliana v United States, the case of 21 young plaintiffs suing the federal government for infringing on the plaintiffs’ rights to a healthy, livable future.
Stephen Manning '01

Alum Stephen Manning ’01 Immigrant Advocate

Amid the swirl of the national immigration debate, Stephen Manning JD ’01 combines technology and litigation to fight for asylum seekers.
Wildwood Farm Sanctuary

Animal Law Clinic Assists Farm Animal Sanctuary

The Animal Law Clinic is representing a local animal sanctuary, and using that experience to develop a legal tool kit for animal sanctuaries around the world.
Oregon Justice Building, home of the state's Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in Salem

Oregon Supreme Court Cites Clinic Amicus Brief

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic,  (CJRC) celebrated a win in early October when the Oregon Supreme Court ruled in favor of Dante Farmer, an incarcerated individual, and cited an amicus brief from CJRC in support of his case.
Ed Brunet, Henry J. Casey Professor of Law

Ed Brunet, Beloved Professor Remembered

Ed Brunet, who served as a law professor at Lewis & Clark for over 40 years, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018.
CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin

Kennedy Lecture Re-Scheduled for Nov. 13

The Kennedy Lecture, featuring Jeffrey Toobin has been rescheduled to a new date of November 13.
Poultry grower, courtesy of  Food & Water Watch

Earthrise Receives Precedent-Setting Ruling

Earthrise, Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental litigation clinic, received an important ruling from Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the D.C. District Court in a case which sought to require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to more closely regulate the adverse environmental impacts of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s).

Appellate Ruling Supported by CVLC Research

Two Lewis & Clark law students, Sarah Fine ’18 and Kaylee Dickerboom ’19, spent the months researching and assisting in drafting arguments to inform an appellate brief filed in Arizona on behalf of a victim of crime. Their arguments prevailed and the court ruled in favor of the crime victim.

International Environmental Law Clinic Triggers Action on Japan’s Whale Meat Trade

A legal brief prepared by IELP helped trigger an international investigation into whether Japan is illegally trading in the meat of sei whales.
Professor Aliza Kaplan

Professor Kaplan Discusses the Reliability of Forensic Science

Professor Aliza Kaplan’s research examines the validity and reliability of forensic science in the criminal justice system and suggests that such evidence needs to be augmented using a collaborative approach.

Alumni Manage Environmental Resource Issues in Pacific Islands

Reports from four Lewis & Clark Law School alums who hold legal positions in Pacific Island nations that give them responsibility over environmental, natural resource, fishery and tourism management.
Animal Law Convention, Nairobi, Kenya, 2018

The Center for Animal Law Studies Sponsors First Animal Law Convention in Africa

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) sponsored Africa’s first animal law focused forum September 4-5 held at the United Nations Environment complex in Nairobi, Kenya.
Law Professor Melissa Powers

Professor Melissa Powers on Coal Transition

Lewis & Clark Law professor Melissa Powers presented her research recently at a South Korea workshop on coal transition.

CALS honors Congressman Earl Blumenauer with Animal Law Achievement Award

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) announced Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) as the inaugural Animal Law Achievement Award Recipient. The award recognizes achievements in the field of animal law, including the creation, enforcement and skillful litigation of animal protection laws. Congressman Blumenauer is an alum of both Lewis & Clark College and Lewis & Clark Law School and a national leader in food policy.

Lewis & Clark Law School Welcomes the Class of 2021

Lewis & Clark Law School ushered in the class of 2021 with 167 new students this fall, including 150 full-time students and 17 part-time students. In addition to being strong class academically, the incoming class represents 106 different undergraduate colleges and universities and 50 different majors, including music, electrical engineering, philosophy, economics, biochemistry, agricultural science and classics. 66 percent are from outside Oregon, representing 35 states and provinces, including Washington D.C.

Business Law Program to Host Annual IP Fall Forum September 28

Co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the Oregon State Bar, the Business Law Fall Forum, “The Procedure of IP,” will take place from 8:30am to 6pm on Friday, September 28 at the Lewis & Clark Law School campus.

Environmental Law Review’s Symposium Issue addresses Trump’s Impact on Critical Environmental Law and Policy

The new edition of Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law Review follows the well-attended symposium in April, titled “Environmental Law Under Trump,” which sparked a lively discourse regarding the Trump Administration’s actions in environmental law and policy.

Zimbabwean Animal Law Alum and Incoming LLM Use Legal System to Protect Rhinos

A recent LLM graduate and an incoming LLM student from the Lewis & Clark Center for Animal Law Studies were instrumental in the successful prosecution of four poachers from a December 2017 incident involving Moga, a protected rhino.

Lewis & Clark Law Students Mae Bowman and Maral Cavner receive Animal Law Award

Mae Bowman ’18 and Maral Cavner ’18 were honored with the Animal Law Award for their dedication to the Animal Law Review and Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF).

GEI Participates in SB 978 Utility Reform Process

Last month, Green Energy Institute (GEI) Staff Attorney Amelia Schlusser presented information about how Oregon’s utility laws and regulatory framework might change to meet current and future energy needs, while also meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals.  Schlusser was one of three presenters for the Low-Carbon Future Group before the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) at its May SB 978 meeting.

Wells Fargo Class Action Settlement Cites Prof Klonoff

Lewis & Clark Law Professor Robert Klonoff provided written testimony in a class action lawsuit involving Wells Fargo Bank. The case alleged that  Wells Fargo opened up various accounts (checking, savings, credit card, and lines of credit) without securing permission from its customers, causing harm to those customers. Professor Klonoff opined on the fairness of the $142 million classwide settlement in the case.

Carma Corcoran Gives Guest Lecture on Native American Incarceration

Diversity Dialogues wraps up with lecture about high rates of incarceration among Native American populations - The Beacon, University of Portland

Summer Classes at the Law School

Lewis & Clark Law School’s summer programs in Indian Law, Animal Law, Environmental Law and General Law are in high gear. The classes encourage students and practicing lawyers to take classes for credit, audit, or audit with a certificate. We welcome visiting students from other law schools as well. The first intensive, five-week session continues until the end of June; the second session will begin July 3.

Law Professor Jeffrey Jones Honored with Leo Levenson Teacher of the Year Award

Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy Jeffrey D. Jones was honored with the 2018 Leo Levenson Teacher of the year Award at commencement on Saturday, May 19. Jones earned a PhD in philosophy from University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed postdoctoral studies at Boston University’s School of Law and BU’s then Institute on Race and Social Division. He received his JD at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Law School Celebrates 2018 Commencement

On Saturday, May 19, 180 graduates received Juris Doctor degrees from Lewis and Clark Law School, while others earned Masters of Studies in Law degrees and LLMs in Animal Law and Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law.

Marilyn Cover Receives Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education

Marilyn Cover, executive director of Oregon’s Classroom Law Project (CLP) and adjunct law professor, has been awarded the 2018 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education. This honor is presented annually by the National Center for State Courts and is named after the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Winners of Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Competition Announced

The International Law Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Awards. Established through the generosity of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, the award program provides stipends for the best Lewis & Clark law student research papers written in the past year on any topic in private or public international law.

Lewis & Clark Law Students Recognized for Pro Bono Work at the Border

Cecilia Anguiano ’18 and Favio Perez ’18 were recognized by Dean Jennifer Johnson at the 2018 Student Recognition Lunch for their pro bono immigration work assisting CARA Family Immigration Pro Bono attorneys at two Texas detention centers.

Disability Rights in Oregon Prisons, Focus of CJRC Project

Students working at the Lewis & Clark Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) assisted  Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) last semester to produce a ‘Know Your Rights’ self-advocacy brochure for people with disabilities who are incarcerated in Oregon prisons.
Law Professor Samir Parikh

Law Professors Awarded Fulbright Grants

Three Lewis & Clark Law Professors Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grants

Reducing Diesel Emissions: Green Energy Institute

Green Energy Institute shared expertise at a gathering on reducing diesel emissions in the Portland Oregon metro area and the state.
Pamela Hart

Strategy Professionals Join Centers for Green Energy, Animal Law

Two accomplished legal and strategic professionals join the Green Energy Institute and Center for Animal Law Studies this spring.
Nebraska College of Law Professor Sandra Zellmer, Distinguished Visiting Professor Montana School...

“Environmental Law Under Trump” Symposium Sparks Discussion

A large audience attended the 2018 Environmental Law Symposium this month.
The plaza view from the steps of the law school.

New Sunderland Plaza at Lewis & Clark Law School Welcomes Visitors

The new Sunderland Plaza at Lewis & Clark Law School was inaugurated in a March 2018 ceremony and serves as an official entrance to the school.
Ambyr O'Donnell, '01, Dean Jennifer Johnson, and Ambyr's son Ashton Vasquez.

23rd Annual Business Law Event Honors Ambyr O’Donnell, Students

Dean Jennifer Johnson presented the Distinguished Business Law Graduate award to alum Ambyr O’Donnell ’01 at the 23rd annual Business Law Spring Luncheon.
Sarah Einowski and Tracey Than at the 22nd Annual Mentor Awards

Twenty-Second Annual Mentor Awards Honor Attorneys, Students

The 22nd annual Lewis & Clark Law School 1L Mentor Program honored mentor Sean Clancy and mentee Sophie Von Bergen on April 4.

Faculty Statement

Statement with regard to the dual commitments to inclusion and free speech and how they interrelate.
Professor Samir Parikh

Three Lewis & Clark Law Professors Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grants

Lewis & Clark Law professors Samir Parikh, Jim Oleske, and Ozan Varol were awarded highly prestigious Fulbright grants for international research during the 2018-19 academic year.

Six Alumni Appointed to the Bench 2017-18

Six Lewis & Clark Law School alumni were appointed to the bench in 2017-18, plus Honorary Graduate Adrienne Nelson who was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court.
3d render image of grass field with photovoltaic and wind power plants

New Certificate in Energy, Innovation, and Sustainability

Lewis & Clark Law School launches new Certificate in Energy, Innovation and Sustainability for JD students who want to prepare for careers in energy fields.

LC’s International Enviro Law project training tomorrow’s leaders

LC’s International Environmental Law project is featured in the preLaw magazine for training tomorrow’s leaders and sending them around the globe.

Law School Salutes Senator Betsy Johnson and More

The Distinguished Honors dinner honored a renown Oregon leader, a beloved professor and two young alums working in the community.
SBA President Lawrence Pittman '18, talks to potential students at a recruiting event

From Applicants to Alumni: Lewis & Clark Law School’s Legacy of Support

Student Bar Association President Lawrence Pittman reflects on his time at Lewis & Clark Law School and on his hopes for future law students.

CJRC Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in State v. Sims

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic filed an amicus brief to SCOTUS about the unconstitutionality of non-unanimous juries in the Louisiana case State v. Sims.

Students Place Third in National Competition

Third-year law students Cecilia Anguiano and Danielle Hennessey captured third place at the National ABA Client Counseling Competition on March 17 in Durham, NC. This is the second consecutive year that the law school has placed a team in the national finals, and last year’s team placed second in the nation.
3Ls Cecilia Anguiano and Danielle Hennessey placed third in the National ABA Client Counseling Co...

Lewis & Clark Law Students Place Third in National Client Counseling Competition

Third-year law students Cecilia Anguiano and Danielle Hennessey captured third place at the National ABA Client Counseling Competition on March 17.

Criminal Justice Reform Clinic’s Clemency Petition Granted

Governor Kate Brown granted a clemency petition for Dondrae “Choo” Fair, prepared by Lewis & Clark Law School’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC).

Lewis & Clark Law School’s 2018 Food Law Symposium to Feature Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Lewis & Clark Law School’s annual food law symposium on March 23 will feature Congressman Earl Blumenauer as its keynote speaker.

Statement on the Christina Hoff Sommers Speech

Statement on March 5 Lecture event, hosted by Federalist Society Student Group.

Animal Law Symposium at Lewis & Clark: “Common Practices of Animal Exploitation”

Lewis & Clark Law’s 2018 Animal Law Review Symposium - “Common Practices of Animal Exploitation” - will be held on March 16.

Small Business Legal Clinic Becomes Oregon’s Only Certified USPTO Pro-Bono Program

In late 2017, Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) became the only certified United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) pro-bono program in Oregon.
Judge Raymond Crutchley

Governor Brown Appoints Lewis & Clark Law Alumnus Raymond Crutchley to Deschutes County Circuit Court

Judge Raymond Crutchley ’99, was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Deschutes County Circuit Court earlier this month. He is the first African American to serve as a judge east of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains.

Lewis & Clark Law Welcomes New Assistant Dean for Development

Jennifer Niedermeyer is the Assistant Dean for Development & External Relations for Lewis & Clark Law School.
Professor Arthur R. Miller

Professor Arthur R. Miller to give Higgins Distinguished Visitor Lecture

Leading civil procedure scholar and Emmy winner Professor Arthur R. Miller will present “Reflections on the State of Our Civil Justice System” at Lewis & Clark Law School on March 13.
View of the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) bridge from the U.S. side in San Diego, United States on Ju...

Lewis & Clark Law School to Host Spring Immigration Law Review Symposium

Lewis & Clark Law School will host an immigration law review symposium on March 9 – “The Immigration Nexus: Law, Politics, and Constitutional Identity.”
Retired Judge Richard Posner

Lewis & Clark prof Robert Klonoff co-hosts “Posner on Class Actions,” at Columbia University

On March 2, two noted authorities on class action, Lewis & Clark professor Robert Klonoff and Columbia University professor John C. Coffee Jr., co-host a day-long CLE conference at Columbia University “Posner on Class Actions.”
The Jessup International Moot Court team celebrates after a successful run at Regionals.

Lewis & Clark Jessup International Moot Court team advances to international rounds

The law school’s Jessup International Moot Court team advanced to the international rounds to be held in April.

Lewis & Clark Law School Annual Public Interest Auction Set for Feb. 17

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Public Interest Law Project will host its 27th annual fundraiser on Feb. 17, with a “Secret Garden” theme.
From left: Maya Rinta '19, Dondrae Fair, Governor Brown, Sarah Rissberger '18, Professor Kaplan

Governor Brown Grants Criminal Justice Reform Clinic’s Clemency Petition

Governor Kate Brown granted a clemency petition for Dondrae “Choo” Fair, prepared by Lewis & Clark Law School’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC).
Animal rights pioneer Helen Jones

Center For Animal Law Studies Announces New LLM Scholarship

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School is proud to announce the International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the International Society for Animal Rights.
Cooper Rodgers, '19

Cooper Rodgers Named Inaugural Wyss Scholar

Second-year Lewis & Clark Law student Cooper Rodgers was selected as the law school’s inaugural Wyss Scholar.
Rebecca Pollack, '18, at the annual ELI event in New York

Lewis & Clark Law Student Wins Grammy Foundation National Competition

Third-year Lewis & Clark Law student Rebecca Pollack won the Grammy Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) 20th annual writing competition. 
From left: Judge Ulanda Watkins, Judge Patricia McGuire, Judge Xiomara Torres, Judge Fay Stetz-Waters

Four Alumnae Appointed as Oregon Judges

Four Lewis & Clark Law School alumnae – all women of color – were appointed as Oregon judges last year by Governor Kate Brown’85.
Senator Betsy Johnson, '77

Distinguished Honors Dinner to Recognize Graduates, Professor

The Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Honors will recognize three alumni and one professor for their accomplishments and service to the law school and the community.

Honorary Graduate Appointed to Oregon Supreme Court

Lewis & Clark Law School 2011 Distinguished Honorary Graduate and adjunct professor Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court by Governor Kate Brown.

Financial Times Names Alumnus, Adjunct Faculty Legal Innovator of the Year

Adjunct faculty member and alumnus Stephen Manning ’01 Named Legal Innovator of the Year - North America by Financial Times.
Prof. Wold with alums at Western Fisheries mtg Manila; l- r: Bubba Cook, ?03; Viv Fernandes, LL.M...

Alumni Influence International Environmental Law and Policy

Two international environmental policy conferences find many Lewis & Clark alums participating.

Law Students Earn Awards in Mock Trial/Moot Court Competition

Several Lewis & Clark students earned awards in the inter-school Mock Trial/Moot Court Competitions, and six were selected to

Dayna Jones Receives Bar Exam Grant from OWLS

Dayna Jones, a working mother of two receives a grant from Oregon Women Lawyers to help her study for the bar exam.

Professor Ozan Varol Finds Military Coups May Serve as Gateways to Democracy

Ozan Varol researched the relationship between military coups and democratic beginnings, authoring a best selling book and opinions in the Wall St. Journal and Washington Post.

A Day of Relief – Law Students Make Care Packages for Portland’s Homeless

Law students worked together to solicit donations, assemble personal care packages for men, women and pets, and distribute them to Portland’s homeless.

“I’m applying my new legal skills, making an impact.”

At Lewis & Clark, legal skills such as writing, investigation, analysis and presentation are taken very seriously. Students apply what they learned in clinics, working with actual clients and cases right from the start.

“Environmental Law ranked #1 in the Nation”

Lewis & Clark Law School offers a comprehensive legal education with nationally recognized signature programs including Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Law, Animal Law, Business Law, and Criminal Law.
Professor James Oleske

Professor Jim Oleske Files Supreme Court Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop

Law prof Jim Oleske files amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop case wherein a bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

“Lewis & Clark Law School launched my career pathway.”

Lewis & Clark Law School alumni hold leadership positions in corporations, federal, state public agencies, NGOs, academia and more.

“The secret is out. Portland is one of the best places to live!”

The law campus, in the midst of Tryon State Park, is minutes from downtown Portland.

“My mentors guided me and helped me succeed - every step of the way.”

Almost from the beginning entering law school, students are supported by practicing attorneys, faculty and peers in a mentoring network.

Oregon State Bar Honors Lewis & Clark Alums and Faculty

A number of Lewis & Clark Law School alumni and an adjunct professor are among those receiving recognition by the Oregon State Bar Annual Awards.
Robert Klonoff, Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law

Professor Bob Klonoff Completes Service to Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee

Lewis & Clark Law professor Robert Klonoff completed six years of service as the academic member of the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee. Only one law professor in the nation serves on the 15-member committee, and the maximum period of service is 6 years. Professor Klonoff was acknowledged for his service by Chief Justice Roberts.

Lydia Loren Installed as Henry J. Casey Professor of Law November 15

Lydia Loren discusses Law, Money, and Art as part of her installation as the new Henry J. Casey Professor of Law.

The Unusual Pathway of Judge Xiomara Torres Mattson ’02

Alum Xiomara Torres Mattson ’02 appointed as judge to the Multnomah County Circuit Court was featured in an Oregonian article.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaks with law professor and founder of the Green Energy Institute, ...

Goal of 100% Renewable Energy Focus of Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School Green Energy Institute

Re-Energizing the West Conference sparked a robust dialogue for a zero carbon energy future.
Dean Jennifer Johnson and President Wim Wiewel welcome Kenneth Feinberg to the Lewis & Clark ...

Kenneth Feinberg at Lewis & Clark

Kenneth Feinberg, one of the nation’s leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution spoke at the Lewis & Clark law school Oct.3.

Lewis & Clark Law Students Finalists in Pro Bono Award

Lewis & Clark law students Corinne Fletcher and Dayna Jones have been named as  two of the eight finalists for the PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award.

Over 400 Attend National Animal Law Conference, Including Students from 60+ Law Schools

Lewis & Clark Center for Animal Law Studies co-hosted the big event.

Lewis & Clark Law Graduates Excel on Oregon Bar Exam

Lewis & Clark Law JD graduates excel on Oregon Bar Exam July 2017 with an 85.6% pass rate, surpassing the state’s overall rate.
Patricia McGuire ?95

Alum Patricia McGuire ’95 Appointed to the Bench by Governor Kate Brown

Lewis & Clark Law School alum Patricia McGuire ’95 was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Multnomah Circuit Court.

Focus on Non-unanimous Juries in Oregon: CJRC Files Amicus Brief

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic filed a friend of the court brief for a case testing non-unanimous juries that was appealed to the US Supreme Court. Three first-year law students worked with law professor Aliza Kaplan to file the brief.

Dean and Students Level the Playing Field for Bar Exam Standards

For the first time, Oregon July bar exam results will be judged by a standard that is closer to that of national norms. Earlier in the year, the Oregon Supreme Court adopted the recommendations of the Board of Bar Examiners (BBX) to set the pass score at 274, lowering it from its historic score of 284. 

Kathy Hessler Clinical Law Professor, Director of Animal Law Clinic Notes Importance of Animal Law


Professor Hessler quoted in animal rights story,“We have this disconnect between how people handle their animals and how the law is handling their animals. They’re the only sentient beings that fall into the property category.”



Environmental Law Professor Dan Rohlf Fights for Scientific Integrity

2017 has seen an assault on the role science plays in shaping public policy. In the trenches of that battle is Law Professor Dan Rohlf.

Amy Bushaw Honored With Award for Excellence in Teaching

The graduating class conferred the 2016 Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching on Professor Amy Bushaw.

Washington Post Features Professor Yin Explainer on Terrorism

Professor Tung Yin, whose academic specialties are national security law and terrorism, sheds light on how the federal government defines terrorism.

Alum Sows a New Crop of Oregon Farmers

At Rogue Farm Corps, Nellie McAdams ’07 helps young and aging farmers alike plan for their futures.

Associated Press Covers New Criminal Justice Reform Clinic Jail Lawsuit

News organizations around the nation are covering a lawsuit by the law school’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic alleging cruel and unusual punishment in one Oregon jail.
The platform party.

Law School Celebrates 2017 Commencement

On Saturday, May 27, 2017, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown JD ’85 keynoted the law commencement ceremony, at which over 200 graduates received juris doctor degrees.  

Hugo Gonzalez-Venegas '18

Students receive scholarship for commitment to LGBTQ rights

Rising third-year law students Demi Jacques and Hugo Gonzalez-Venagas, were honored recently as recipients of the Bill and Ann Shepherd Scholarship.
Douglas K. Newell Professor of Teaching Excellence and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Janet Stev...

Demolition Day - the Gantenbein Remodel Begins

Following a 2016 law school master plan recommendation, Gantenbein, the glass building affectionately known as the “Fishbowl,” is being restored to its former architectural splendor. 

Winners selected in international law writing competition

The International Law Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Awards. 

Introducing Earthrise’s 2017 Summer Clerks

Earthrise Law Center is excited to introduce the six law clerks that will be working at the Earthrise offices in Portland and in San Francisco this summer.

Ali brothers show their legal mettle in the Marines

Mika’il and Salahuddin Ali graduated in 2011 and have since become JAG attorneys
Mentors Tiffany Johnson '14 and Jeff Maslow '11

Twenty-First Annual Mentor Awards Presented

For 21 years the law school has been recognizing participants in our formal mentor program between local attorneys and current students.
Congratulatory banner for the Jessup winners from Iran

A coach’s recap of the 2017 Jessup Moot Court International Rounds

Dagmar Butte ’91 describes the experience of competing in the Jessup International Competition in 2017.
Dean Johnson and Abbey Hendricks '17

Awards luncheon celebrates student achievements

From peer mentors and community service, to moot court participation and individual awards, students achieved a lot in 2016-17

Earthrise files brief with US Supreme Court over WOTUS

On behalf of our clients Waterkeeper Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, and several other organizations (“Waterkeeper”), Earthrise filed their opening merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2017, in the case captioned as National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, et al.
Small Business Legal Clinic Professor Susan Felstiner

SBLC clinic professor Susan Felstiner assists Oregon growers at immigration forum

Worried about labor shortages and seeking to protect their workers, five Oregon agricultural groups hosted an Immigration Forum at which Prof Felstiner spoke.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown '85

Oregon Governor Kate Brown ’85 to be 2017 commencement speaker

Oregon Governor Kate Brown ’85 will be the Commencement speaker at Lewis & Clark Law School’s graduation exercises on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Oregon Congressman and L&C alum Earl Blumenauer gives keynote address at the 2017 Food and En...

Food and Environmental Law Forum Draws Crowd

The annual symposium focused on food labeling, production, health policies, ethics, and more.

Environmental law clinic, Earthrise, wins Oregon challenge against Oregon’s water polution standards

Earthrise and its co-counsel, on behalf of Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), won a challenge against Oregon’s illegal water temperature standards, which change goals from cold temperatures to hot—and is sometimes lethal for salmon and other imperiled cold-water species.

Rebecca Jenkins speaks on the labor practices of the fishing industries.

AALI professors present at Harvard’s annual food forum

Professor Kathy Hessler and AALI fellow Rebecca Jenkins speak at Harvard about labor issues in the U.S. and international fishing industries.

Enroll Now! Summer School at L&C Law

This summer Lewis & Clark Law School is offering courses in environmental law, Indian law, animal law, and general law classes.
On April 24, Heyke Kirkendall-Baker will join the Lewis & Clark community as the Associate Vi...

Heyke Kirkendall-Baker ’98 Named AVP for Human Resources

On April 24, Heyke Kirkendall-Baker ’98 will join the Lewis & Clark community as the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.
Corin La Point-Aitchison '17

Corin Aitchison ’17 receives National Native American Bar Association bar prep scholarship

The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) Foundation selected third-year Lewis & Clark law student Corin La Point-Aitchison as a recipient of its 2017 Bar Review Scholarship.

Lewis & Clark is the #1 Greenest Law School

Lewis & Clark has been ranked the #1 “greenest” law school by National Jurist magazine.
Samantha Murray '03

“Around the Pier” with Samantha Murray ’03

Murray is the new executive director of the Biodiversity Masters program at UCSD’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Michelle Stowers and Jessica Gordon at ABA National Client Counseling Competition

L&C students place second in national client counseling competition

Michelle Stowers and Jessica Gordon take second place in

Lewis & Clark among best schools for practical training

For the third straight year, the National Jurist and preLaw magazines include Lewis & Clark Law School in their annual honor roll of best schools for practical training.
Portland city view

Three L&C law programs given top rankings in U.S. News

Three of Lewis & Clark Law School’s programs have been recognized among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report: Environmental Law (#2), Part-Time Program (#11), Legal Writing (#12).

Come Visit Us!

Few environments compare to ours and we invite you to come see it for yourself!
Robert Klonoff, Jordan D. Scnitzer Professor of Law

Professor Bob Klonoff cited extensively in BP oil spill judicial opinion approving a $1.24 billion settlement

Professor and former Dean Bob Klonoff recently provided written testimony as an expert witness in a class action settlement in the BP oil spill litigation.
Professor James Oleske

LISTEN: Professor Oleske talks state civil rights with OPB

Constitutional law scholar and professor Jim Oleske talks with Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Amanda Gomm '17

Amanda Gomm, 3L, named a Law Student of the Year

Amanda Gomm, 3L, named a Law Student of the Year
Theresa Dicks, a Quinault Allottee, and Nelson D. Terry at Federal Court, Seattle, 1973

Quinault Allottees: Nelson D. Terry Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually and is funded by the Quinault Indian Allottees Association. The scholarship is available to all incoming students, however, preference is given first to  Quinault Allottees, then to Native American regional and national applicants with a connection to their culture and heritage.
Sinlapasai-Okamura greets refugees at Portland International Airport.

Refugee-turned-lawyer Chanpone Sinlapasai ’02 helps others start anew

Sinlapasai is an immigration attorney who helps resettle incoming refugees
Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics Juliet Stumpf

Professor Stumpf talks with International Business Times about immigration and crime

In an article in International Business Times, Professor Stumpf discusses her concerns about the Trump administration’s attempts to make the public believe immigrant crime rates are high, and the reality that they are in fact, much lower than native crime rates.

WATCH: “Zombie Permits”, a student-produced video about the backlog of Clean Water Act permits

Earthrise filed a petition today on behalf of the Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), and fish advocate, Bill Bakke, seeking to force Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to address the enormous backlog of administratively continued Clean Water Act permits, known as “Zombie Permits.”
Neda Shahram '18

Profile: Neda Shahram ’18

Neda Sharam’s legal and outside interests have her traveling the globe for conferences, presentations, and more.
Jessup International Moot Court team 2017

Moot Court teams excel in national tournaments

Lewis & Clark Law School made it to the semifinals in two national competitions, and are heading to international competition in another.
Oregon Supreme Court hears cases at Lewis & Clark Law School

Oregon Supreme Court hears cases at Lewis & Clark Law School

The Justices visit campus each spring for hearings and to meet with faculty and students
Michael Green '03

Michael Green ’03 finds rhythm in and out of the courtroom

Green, a criminal defense attorney, balances a life of law and music
SBLC Executive Director Julieanna Elegant holding a client?s product, NW Ferment?s fermentation s...

Lawyers for Start-Ups

LC’s Small Business Legal Clinic serves entrepreneurs who don’t have much money but need setting on the right path

Earthrise attorney Kevin Cassidy Receives Cape Cod Bay Life Preserver Award

Earthrise attorney Kevin Cassidy was awarded the Cape Cod Bay Life Preserver Award for 2016 by the Jones River Watershed Association (JRWA). JRWA Executive Director Pine duBois said Cassidy was being recognized for his work on the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant trial in August 2016, which challenged a permit from the Town of Plymouth, MA given to Entergy Corporation authorizing the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Pilgrim plant located on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. 

Clinic students integral to DRO report on treatment of mentally ill in detention center

Two second-year Lewis & Clark law students, Jody Davis ’18 and Hannah Teig ’18, played an integral role in researching, writing and editing the report as part of the law school’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC).
2017 National Environmental Moot Court team (left to right): Prof. and Coach Johnston, Kathryn Ro...

LC’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Team advances to semi-finals for 12th consecutive year

The Lewis & Clark Law School Environmental Law Moot Court team advanced to the semi-finals of the 2017 national competition for the 12th consecutive year. The team of Kathryn Roberts (3L), Amy Saack (3L), and Rachel Briggs (2L), coached by Prof. Craig Johnston, knocked out the University of Vermont and the University of New Mexico in the quarter finals. Lewis & Clark has won the national competition 7 times. Roberts calls it “the most rewarding experience of my academic career.”
Chelsea Punian '18

Profile: Chelsea Punian ’18

Punian spent six months working for the Center for Food Safety and intends to focus her legal career on food, agriculture and public health.
Rep. John Lewis and Matt Bergman '89

Alum Matt Bergman ’89 helps bring Congressman John Lewis to the NW

Georgia Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis spent last week in the Pacific Northwest promoting his memoir, the graphic trilogy MARCH.

Rebecca Jenkins joins the Center for Animal Law Studies

The Animal Law Clinic, and the Center for Animal Law Studies, are pleased to announce Rebecca Jenkins as the first Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow.

Earthrise Law Clinic files lawsuit seeking new toxic standards for Washington State waters

Today Earthrise filed a lawsuit on behalf of Oregon-based Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA) challenging EPA’s failure to respond to an 88-page petition submitted to the federal agency over three years ago, in October 2013. The petition seeks EPA’s action to update Washington’s water quality standards for toxics, primarily for the protection of aquatic life, such as salmon and steelhead.

PILP Auction Brings Community Together

Funds raised will go toward public interest law summer stipends and loan repayment assistance
Kathy Root ?84 and Bradley Lechman-Su facilitate meeting with Japanese delegates

Oregon Attorneys/Mediator host Japanese Delegates for forum on Hague Child Abduction Convention

Last month, the World Affairs Council of Oregon hosted a delegation of Japanese and Oregon attorneys, mediators and court personnel to learn about ways in which cases brought under the Hague Child Abduction Convention have been resolved.

The Washington Post interviews Professor Hessler on Alaska’s groundbreaking new law

‘[this] makes Alaska the first state in the country to require courts to take “into consideration the well-being of the animal” and to explicitly empower judges to assign joint custody of pets.’

A Message of Support For Our International Community

Interim President David Ellis, on behalf of the Lewis & Clark community, has issued a statement in response to President Trump’s travel-ban executive order. A community gathering of support will be held on Tuesday, January 31. For more information, click through to the story.

US Rep John Lewis

A Look Back: John Lewis’ 2008 commencement speech

As we spend this week celebrating diversity and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement, we take a look back at the 2008 law school commencement at which civil rights leader John Lewis was the speaker.

Professor Stumpf talks with CNBC about Trump’s battle with sanctuary cities

Professor Stumpf talks with CNBC about Trump’s battle with sanctuary cities
hris Chapin, Amy Adams, Tessa Copeland, Kate Edwards, Michael Hurd (a friend who traveled with th...

Pro Bono at the Border

Immigration Student Group continues assisting families detained in Texas
Chanpone Sinlapasai JD ?02

Protecting the Vulnerable

Chanpone Sinlapasai JD ’02 advocates for refugee rights and supports foreign-born victims of human trafficking and violent crimes.
(Rick Egan / Associated Press)

In LA Times op-ed, Professor Blumm argues Obama’s monument designations are lawful

In an LA Times op-ed, Prof. Blumm argues that critics of President Obama’s monument designations are ignoring the history and scope of the act and the positive effects of monument designations on nearby communities.

David Ellis appointed as Interim President of Lewis & Clark College

David Ellis, current vice president, secretary and general counsel of Lewis & Clark, has been named Interim President after Barry Glassner’s recent resignation as president.
Peggy Nagae '77

Peggy Nagae ’77 to receive ABA Spirit of Excellence Award

Peggy Nagae ’77 to receive ABA Spirit of Excellence Award
Judge Mercedes Deiz, Justice Betty Roberts

Hon. Julie Frantz ’75 and Kasia Rutledge ’07 honored by Oregon Women Lawyers

Judge Julie Frantz ’75 and Kasia Rutledge ’07 are chosen as the 2017 recipients of the OWLS Betty Roberts and Mercedes Deiz Award recipients.
Judge Jane Levy JD '04, MA '11 with her mother Susan Conway

Judge Jane Levy JD ’04 MA ’11 follows her mother to Family Court

Judge Jane Levy JD ’04 MA ’11 follows her mother to Family Court
Harley Franco '77 - CEO Harley Marine Services

Harley Franco ’77 featured in The Maritime Executive magazine

Harley Franco ’77 featured in The Maritime Executive magazine

Why Choose Lewis & Clark Law School?

The list is long, but here are at least 10 reasons to choose Lewis & Clark

Prof. Lyman serves as advisor at recent climate change meetings in Morocco

Professor Erica Lyman, Staff Attorney for the International Environmental Law Project, continued to support the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) as a legal advisor to the Maldives, which currently serves as the Chair of AOSIS, at the climate change meeting held recently in Marrakech, Morocco.

L&C SALDF wins 2016 Chapter of the Year

Congratulations to our L&C SALDF chapter who won ALDF’s 2016 SALDF Chapter of the Year!

Thank you #GivingTuesday donors!

Thanks to those who participated in #GivingTuesday on 11/29/16!  Donors gave over $10,270 in just 24 hours.

Profile: A Semester Abroad

Tom Walsh ’17 spent last spring studying law in Turkey through one of the law school’s exchange programs
Dean Pamela Frasch welcomes guests to the 24th annual Animal Law Conference.

Animal Law Conference held in New York this year

24th annual Animal Law Conference
Jonathan Morris '17

Jonathan Morris ’17 wins national SALDF essay contest

Third-year student Jonathan Morris is the first-ever winner of the SALDF essay contest.
Photo by Ted Jack ?15

Laughing Our Way Through Awkward Conversations

Comedian W. Kamau Bell believes we all need to be better at having “awkward conversations.” He sees it as a superpower, of sorts, and his powers are charged by the power of comedy. On the eve of the tectonic 2016 presidential elections, Bell “kept it 100” at the Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

President Glassner Joins in Letter to President-Elect Trump

Barry Glassner and more than 100 other college and university presidents have signed an open letter to President-elect Trump urging him to “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate, and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation.” President Glassner was among the small group who worked together to draft the letter.


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The Price We Pay

New report, spearheaded by Professor Aliza Kaplan, calculates Oregon’s death penalty financial costs

3L student James O’Donnell’s paper to be published in The Urban Lawyer

Third-year law student James O’Donnell’s paper “Affordable Housing Ordinances: Exactions or Use Restrictions in the Post-Koontz Era? An analysis of California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose” has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2016 issue of The Urban Lawyer.

Students help serve meals at Queen’s Bench Potluck in the Park

Students help serve meals at Queen’s Bench Potluck in the Park

L&C launches new 3+3 program with Portland State University

L&C launches new 3+3 program with Portland State University
Professor Dan Rohlf

Bloomberg Law talks with Professor Dan Rohlf about climate change and threatened animals

Professor Dan Rohlf discusses a recent appeals court decision which allows animals to be considered “threatened” based on climate change models. He speaks with Bloomberg Law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”
Oregon Governor Kate Brown '85

An interview with Governor, Candidate, and Alumna Kate Brown ’85

Read an excerpt from an interview with Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a 1985 graduate of the law school, published in the Lewis & Clark College newspaper, the Pioneer Log on October 28, 2016.
Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, arrives for a news conference at Mal...

Media outlets turn to L&C law professors to explain events of Oregon militia standoff trial

Media Outlets Turn to Professors Tung Yin and Mike Blumm to Help Explain Events of Oregon Militia Standoff Trial
Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law and Former Dean Robert Klonoff

Court relies on Professor Bob Klonoff’s expertise in VW class action case

Professor Bob Klonoff Serves as VW Plaintiffs’ Class Action Expert

Dr. Charlotte Blattner, Animal Law Visiting International Scholar

The Center for Animal Law Studies and Lewis & Clark Law School are pleased to announce that they will host Dr. Charlotte Blattner as the Animal Law Visiting International Scholar for the 2016-17 academic year.

Profile: An Extern in D.C.

Eric Chapman ’17 spent his summer working for Free Press
Dana Krawczuk '99

Dana Krawczuk ’99 receives “Women of Vision” award

Thirty-six women have been selected by the Daily Journal of Commerce as 2016 Women of Vision award winners, including Lewis & Clark Law School alumna Dana Krawczuk ’99.
Laura Russell J.D. ?16

A Dose of Law and Medicine

Laura Russell J.D. ’16 spearheads Oregon’s first medical-legal partnership (MLP) to address the social determinants of health.

America’s Demons and Better Angels, by Professor Ozan Varol

After Lewis & Clark law professor Ozan Varol became a U.S. citizen two weeks ago, he sat down to write a few thoughts in his journal about his path to citizenship. Those thoughts turned into an article titled “America’s Demons and Better Angels”, a shortened version of which was published in TIME.
Earthrise law staff and attorneys

Earthrise Law Center celebrates 20 years

The largest environmental law clinic and one of the “winningest” legal clinics in the nation
Thomas Chow ?07

Profile of an Advocate: Alum Thomas Chow ’07

Businessman by trade, pro bono attorney by passion

Earthrise legal clinic victorious in case of concrete dumping in Illinois

Lewis & Clark’s Earthrise Law Center, one of the school’s environmental legal clinics, won a precedent setting case recently in Illinois.

In the case, United States District Judge Sara Darrow, of the Central District of Illinois, ruled on September 29 that maintenance of an otherwise unpermitted levee is not exempt from the federal Clean Water Act.

Vincent Sliwoski '10

Alum Vincent Sliwoski ’10 to teach Cannabis Law course

Vincent Sliwoski, attorney for Harris Moure will be teaching cannabis law in spring 2017.
The Little Missouri River flows through Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota

Student Commentary: Dayna Jones, 2L, writes about the Dakota Access Pipeline

Second-year law student Dayna Jones discusses the intersection of law and environmental justice concerning the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Dakota Access Pipeline as a guest columnist for Jurist.org.

Women deans gather to discuss gender and leadership

Dean Jennifer Johnson hosted the first annual Gathering of Women Law Deans at Lewis & Clark Law School on September 30, 2016.

President and CEO of Humane Society Wayne Pacelle speaks to a packed house

Our Lewis and Clark Law community had the opportunity to hear from Mr. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), when he spoke to a packed house of students, faculty, and members of the general public.

Rising Star: Rohit Kapuria

Kapuria ’12 was named a Top 5 EB-5 Rising Star by EB5 Investors Magazine

Top Lawyer: Mika’il Ali ’11

The American Bar Association includes Ali on its “On The Rise” list for 2016.
IELP students with Dan Ashe, Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at CITES conference

The Making of International Law

Faculty and students offer strategic advice at CITES conference in South Africa
Abbey Hendricks '17

Abbey Hendricks ’17 wins national writing competition

Third-year student Abbey Hendricks is one of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel’s writing competition winners.

The Past and Future of Energy Law

The energy system in the United States is undergoing a major transformation.
What does that mean for energy law and those practicing it?

Lewis & Clark Named One of Sierra Club’s Top Environmentally Responsible Schools

For the fifth year in a row, Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top “Cool Schools,” a list that honors America’s greenest colleges and universities.
The swearing in of Judge Aaron Brown

Tribute to Oregon Judge Aaron Brown ’59

Lewis & Clark is saddened to hear of the passing of Judge Aaron Brown Jr. ’59 who died on Aug. 28, 2016, at the age of 89.
Nina Robertson-Staff Attorney

Earthrise Law Center opens office in California’s bay area

Earthrise continues to grow with our new staff attorney Nina Robertson who opened the new California office this month.
Jack Bogdanski with his new tax treatise, published in 2016.

Bogdanski writes latest edition of best-selling tax treatise

Jack Bogdanski updates best-selling treatise, Federal Income Taxation of S Corporations.
Taj Mahal, India

Profile: An Extern in India

Demi Jacques ’18 spent her summer working in India with the Human Rights Law Network
Dean Johnson welcomes new students to the law school

Welcome to our new legal Pioneers!

Orientation Day marks 101 years since the law school welcomed its first entering class, in 1915.

Intern Spotlight: Andy Hess

Hess hones legal skills through the National Crime Victim Law Institute
Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks, Esq.

Visiting Indian Law Professor Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that it will host Professor Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks as the third Walter R. Echo-Hawk Distinguished Visiting Professor in the spring of 2017.

Earthrise Summer Extern Scores Clerkship with her Writing Skills

Congratulations to Earthrise summer clerk, Julia Fraser as she begins her new litigation clerkship!

The Turkish Coup - thoughts and comments by Professor Ozan Varol

The Turkish Coup - thoughts and comments by Professor Ozan Varol

Earthrise Helps Reach Settlement Against One of the Largest Midwest Coal Power Producers

Earthrise Law Center has helped reach a settlement a Clean Air Act citizen suit brought against three aging coal-fired power plants in the St. Louis area owned by Ameren Missouri, one of the Midwest’s largest public utilities.

Small Business Legal Clinic helps local businesses thrive

Portland company Bee Local is one of SBLC’s 250 clients

Travel Log Part 2: Dan Rohlf Teaches Environmental Law in South Korea for the Summer

Teaching in Korea: Installment 2 Attorney and Earthrise Faculty Dan Rohlf teaches a three-week summer school class, Comparative Environmental Law, at Kangwon National University Law School in Chuncheon, South Korea.
Jenny Loda in the east bay hills in California

Profile of a Protector: Alumna Jenny Loda ’12

Loda works as a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity inOakland, CA

Travel Log Part 1: Dan Rohlf Teaches Environmental Law in South Korea

Teaching in Korea: Installment 1 Attorney and Earthrise Faculty Dan Rohlf teaches a three-week summer school class, Comparative Environmental Law, at Kangwon National University Law School in Chuncheon, South Korea.
Associate Dean Martha Spence ?84 receives recognition for  her many years of service.

Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

After decades of service, four leaders among the law school faculty and administration retire.

Meet 2L Tessa Chillemi: Legal clerk with Earthrise Law Center

Legal Clerk, Tessa Chillemi (Class of 2018), shares her experiences with Earthrise this summer.
Rajesh Reddy, 3L, and Rebecca Jenkins, LLM '16

Students to present at animal ethics conference at Oxford

Lewis & Clark animal law students Rebecca Jenkins and Rajesh Reddy have had their work selected to be presented at the third annual Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics summer program.

A Springboard to Opportunity

Auction raises funds for public interest stipends which can lead to long-term career prospects
Juliet Stumpf, Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics

Professor Juliet Stumpf selected as 2016 Leo Levenson winner

Recipients are selected by the graduating class each year

Earthrise clinic professor Dan Rohlf discusses lawsuit against FEMA

Dan Rohlf, Professor of Law and a Founding Member of Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School, discusses the changes FEMA must make to its flood insurance program to protect riparian areas crucial for wildlife – especially salmon.
Students pose with judges at Summer Law Camp 2016

Law School hosts 20th annual Summer Law Camp

The Summer Law Camp is a collaboration between the Academic Enhancement Program at Lewis & Clark Law School and the Classroom Law Project.
Dean Strang and Jerry Buting

“Making a Murderer”’s Dean Strang and Jerry Buting visit Portland for “A Conversation on Justice”

Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang and Jerry Buting visit Portland for “A Conversation on Justice”

Lewis & Clark offers JD/MBA Program with Portland State University

The partnership is the only one of its kind in Portland — Oregon’s largest legal and business marketplace.

Changing laws for sexual assault victims

Jacqueline Swanson ’13 is using her law degree exactly how she intended
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp '80

Law School celebrates 2016 Commencement

Commencement speaker U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp ’80 inspires graduates to be nice, be empathetic and be grateful.

Jeffrey Rhoades ’10 appointed as Oregon’s first marijuana policy advisor

Jeffrey Rhoades ’10 appointed as Oregon’s first marijuana policy advisor

Lewis & Clark among top 20 law schools with recent grads in full-time government and public interest jobs

National Law Journal compiled charts of recent graduates in full-time employment by sector; also lists schools with higher percentages of unemployed and under-employed.

And Justice for All

Lewis & Clark’s newest legal clinic offers law students a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of advocacy and criminal law reform.
Ron and Jewell Lansing

Lifetime Service Award given to Professor Emeritus Ron Lansing and Jewell Lansing

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society has selected Jewel and Ron Lansing as the 2016 Lifetime Service Award recipients.
Dwight Mears

3L student Dwight Mears noted for military award expertise

3L student Dwight Mears interviewed by national media as a military award expert.
Photography by: ©Michael B. Lloyd

Steven Wise coming to the Center for Animal Law Studies

Come July, when the documentary Unlocking the Cage, by Pennebaker Hegedus Films, premieres on HBO, there may not be a more famous animal rights lawyer than Steven Wise, J.D.
Barbara Safriet

AACN honors Barbara Safriet for distinguished career, contributions to critical care

Visiting professor Barbara Safriet — health law and policy expert who advocates for advanced practice nursing — is honored for extraordinary contributions to critical care and AACN mission, vision.
Bonneville Dam spillway?photo by Walter Siegmund

Earthrise Law Center victorious as court throws out salmon biological opinion, again

Yesterday, Earthrise and salmon won a hard fought battle when Judge Michael Simon rules the Salmon Biological Opinion utilized to operate the hydropower system on the Columbia and Snake Rivers was illegal.
Top row: Sandy Patrick, Judith Miller.  Middle row: Hadley van Vactor Kroll, Bill Chin, Anne Vill...

Lawyering Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Officially established in 1991 as the Legal Analysis & Writing (LAW) program
Lewis & Clark moot court students with the team from Cambodia

Students compete in international rounds of Jessup Moot Court Competition

The Lewis & Clark Jessup International Law Moot Court Team finished 2nd in the South Regional this year and advanced to the International Rounds held the first week of April in Washington D.C.
Greg Jones, 1L, and his mentor Ron Cheng '14

Twentieth Annual Mentor Awards Presented

On April 14st, the Twentieth Annual Mentor Awards presentation was held at Red Star Tavern, with a wonderful celebration to close out the formal mentor program this year.

Kids can sue government over climate change: Professor Mike Blumm discusses the case

In an interview with Michael Castner on KXL-FM radio, Professor Michael Blumm explains the reasoning of the magistrate judges’ decision to uphold the standing and claims.

Advocating with a Passion

Why a Career in Public Interest Law is Worth Considering
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp '80

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp ’80 to be Commencement Speaker

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp ’80 to be 2016 Commencement Speaker

Medical-Legal Partnership Begins

Laura Russell 3L, is a driving force behind Oregon’s new Medical-Legal Partnership Program

Law School aims to help the growing food industry

Article in the Oregonian highlights the annual food law forum.
CALS Clinical Professor Kathy Hessler, TIR Executive Director Dr. Gieri Bolliger, CALS Executive ...

Center for Animal Law Studies receives international award

CALS is the first recipient of the TIR Animal Law Award
Sponsors Janet Hoffman and Chris Helmer '08 with Professor George Foster.

International Law Symposium “Managing Corruption Risks in International Business” is a success

On March 4, 2016, the Law School hosted the 2016 Lewis & Clark International Law Symposium on Managing Corruption Risks in International Business.
David Hart, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge of the Health Fraud Unit/Consumer Protection Section

Meet David Hart ’00, health care fraud attorney with the Oregon DOJ

In an interview with the Portland Business Journal, alum David Hart describes the work he does investigating health care fraud. Hart is the Assistant Attorney-in-Charge of the Health Fraud Unit/Consumer Protection Section at the Oregon Department of Justice.
Gloria and Richard Unis

Tribute to former Professor and Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard Unis

Richard Unis died on February 10, 2016 from complications following a stroke. He was 87 years old.  A former associate professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, Unis is remembered as someone who helped form the part-time faculty in the 1970s and 1980s, teaching evidence in the evenings even into the 1990s.
Aruna Ghatak-Roy '12 in Austin, TX

Profile of a Patent Attorney: Alum Aruna Ghatak-Roy ’12

Ghatak-Roy works at the firm Conley Rose, P.C. in Austin, TX.

L&C Law Students Rachel Morris, Brian Buske, Gabe Hinman and Nathan Haynes with NALC federal ...

L&C Law students win in National Animal Law Competitions

Gabe Hinman and Nathan Haynes received 1st place in appellate competition
Beatrice Morrow Cannaday

Did you know? Celebrating Black History Month with interesting facts

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Student Association gathered interesting facts about the people, events, and places that influenced history. This week’s fact was gathered by law professor Janet Steverson.
Katharine Edwards '17

Katharine Edwards, 2L, awarded Peggy Browning Fellowship

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Katharine Edwards, a second-year student at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Professor Lydia Pallas Loren

It’s “Fair Use Week”! Read copyright law professor Lydia Loren’s guest blog

Professor Lydia Loren guest blogs for Authors Alliance during “Fair Use Week”
Professor Mike Blumm

New York Times quotes Mike Blumm in article on indictments against Cliven Bundy

New York Times quotes Professor Mike Blumm in article on the indictments against Cliven Bundy and others in 2014 standoff in Nevada.

Did you know? Celebrating Black History Month with interesting facts

In honor of Black History Month, members of the Black Law Student Association gathered interesting facts about the people, events, and places that influenced history. This week’s fact was gathered by 1L student Lawrence Pittman.
Professor Jim Oleske

KGW News interviews Professor Jim Oleske about the future of the Supreme Court

KGW News interviewed Professor Jim Oleske about the future of the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Professor Tung Yin examines the case against the “Bundy Bunch”

The Willamette Week caught up with Tung Yin, professor of criminal and terrorism law, to discuss how the defense of the Bundys might be crafted in the now infamous case of the militant occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon.

Public interest organizations look to hire at NW career fairs

Lewis & Clark organized and hosted the NW Public Service Career Fairs in Seattle and Portland.
The Bomboula by Edward Windsor Kimble

Did you know? Celebrating Black History Month with interesting facts

In honor of Black History Month, members of the Black Law Student Association gathered interesting facts about the people, events, and places that influenced history. This week’s fact was gathered by 1L student Garry Brown.

Lewis & Clark among best law schools for practical training

The National Jurist and preLaw magazines include Lewis & Clark Law School in its annual honor roll of best schools for practical training.
Illustration by Kenneth T. Nickell

Inside the Oregon Innocence Project

Portland publication Street Roots takes us behind the scenes at the Oregon Innocence Project in an interview with co-founder and Lewis & Clark Law Professor Aliza Kaplan.

Did you know? Celebrating Black History Month with interesting facts

In honor of Black History Month, members of the Black Law Student Association gathered interesting facts about the people, events, and places that influenced history. This week’s fact was gathered by 2L student Michelle Stowers.

Brandon Kline selected as Presidential Leadership Scholar

Brandon Kline, a Green Energy fellow and Lewis & Clark Law School alum/LLM student, has been selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

A Decade of Serving Small Businesses

The Small Business Legal Clinic celebrates 10 years of offering low-cost legal services to local entrepreneurs.
A young Martin Luther King, Jr. graduates from Morehouse College.

Did you know? Celebrating Black History Month with interesting facts

In honor of Black History Month, members of the Black Law Student Association gathered interesting facts about the people, events, and places that influenced history. This week’s fact was gathered by 3L student Anthony Blake.

Faculty, students and alums actively involved in Paris climate negotiations

Lewis & Clark Law School had a significant presence at the climate change negotiations in Paris (UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties aka “COP 21”) in December.  Erica Lyman, Clinical Professor and Staff Attorney for the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), and a group of four LC law students, along with numerous alumni, were actively involved in the proceedings in various roles.
Nawneet Vibhaw - remarks at water law conference jointly organized with Lewis & Clark.

International LLM alum, Nawneet Vibhaw - an environmental champion in India

Nawneet Vibhaw (LLM ’10) has continued to pursue his passion of addressing environmental issues since returning to India after receiving his degree at Lewis & Clark Law School.

“I believe the key to saving some of these species is an educated citizenry.” Jim Riungu, LLM Candidate

Animal Law LLM ’16 candidate speaks about the Oregon ballot measure, Save Endangered Animals Oregon.

Environmental, Energy law remain strong for hiring

Associate Dean Janice Weis is quoted in this National Jurist news story regarding hiring trends in environmental and energy law.
Winfield Ong, class of 1985

President Obama nominates Winfield Ong ’85 for federal bench

Earlier this month, President Obama nominated Lewis & Clark Law School alum Winfield D. Ong ’85 to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

President Glassner names Janet Steverson as dean of diversity and inclusion

President Glassner names Janet Steverson as dean of diversity and inclusion

IELP in Geneva for Endangered Species Negotiation

The Law School’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) recently returned from Geneva where it participated in negotiations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from January 11-15.

Lewis & Clark gets “A” grades for IP and environmental law programs

In the Winter 2016 preLaw magazine, Lewis & Clark was given “A” ratings for its program offerings in intellectual property and environmental law.

Pamela Frasch Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

The Animal Law Section of the AALS awarded Pamela D. Frasch, Assistant Dean, Animal Law Program and Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, the inaugural AALS Animal Law Section Award for Excellence in Animal Law: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.

Attorney Anna Glazer to teach food law course

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Anna Glazer, attorney at Stoel Rives LLP will teach a new course on Food Law & Policy in spring semester 2016

Professor Mike Blumm answers questions surrounding the standoff in Burns, OR

In an opinion piece published by the Oregonian, Professor Mike Blumm answers questions about federal land ownership and management related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, OR.

Greenlight on “almost alum” Josh Fortenbery (3L)

Our “greenlight” is focused on “almost alum” Josh Fortenbery (3L), who was recently hired as an Honors Attorney with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington D.C.
Andrew Bowman LLM '03

LLM alumnus Andrew Bowman ’03 named president of Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America, today announced that Andrew Bowman will assume the role of president starting Feb. 10, 2016.
Professor Ozan Varol

Professor Ozan Varol wins Young Legal Scholars Paper Competition

Professor Ozan Varol’s paper “Structural Rights” was selected as a winning entry in the Federalist Society’s annual Young Legal Scholars Paper Competition. Varol presented the paper on January 8 at the Federalist Society’s Annual Faculty Conference.

Professor Klonoff appears on Today Show to discuss Fitbit classaction lawsuit

Professor, Bob Klonoff, an expert in class action lawsuits appeared on NBC’s Today Show to discuss a lawsuit brought against the popular exercise gadget Fitbit.
An sign of the National Wildlife Refuge System is seen at an entry of the wildlife refuge about 3...

Professor Yin comments on occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

The media are turning to professor Tung Yin for guidance on legal issues surrounding the militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge happening in Burns, Oregon.

Prof. Rohlf interviewed for Newsweek story on ESA enforcement

Prof. Dan Rohlf is quoted extensively in a recent Newsweek article related to enforcement under the Endangered Species Act:  “I think that clearly some, or perhaps the majority of the decline [in jeopardy findings] we’ve seen over the years stems from federal agencies and government taking more creative interpretations of the Endangered Species Act that diminish protections of endangered species,” 


Prof. Wold’s analysis of Trans-Pacific Partnership shared with Congress

In a new analysis, Empty Promises and Missed Opportunities: An Assessment of the Environmental Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Professor Chris Wold, Director of Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project, concludes that the TPP’s environmental provisions are weak and unlikely to address the problems of illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, and other environmental concerns. Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) distributed his analysis to members of Congress, calling it a “thorough and thoughtful report”.

Analysis Reveals the Lack of Environmental Protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

In a new analysis, Empty Promises and Missed Opportunities: An Assessment of the Environmental Chapter of the Tran-Pacific Partnership, Professor Chris Wold, Director of Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project, concludes that the TPP’s environmental provisions are weak and unlikely to address the problems of illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, and other environmental concerns.

CJ Graves ’13 represents client in discrimination case against Warner Pacific College

Alumnus CJ Graves ’12, has brought an employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of client Noel M. King against local Warner Pacific College.

Listen: Melissa Powers discusses Oregon’s efforts to reduce carbon

Professor Melissa Powers speaks with Oregon Public Broadcasting’s program “Think Out Loud” about the report which says Oregon is not prepared to meet its climate policy goals.

Five Reasons to Move to Portland Now

Interested in law and policy? Portland may be the place for you.

Lewis & Clark Law School by the numbers

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the law school, we present interesting numerical facts about the school and its history, as well as thank those who have already given to our Centennial Campaign.

Report confirms the claims of Ogaden people to self-determination

The law school’s Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Workshop has completed an examination of claims by the people of the Ogaden region of Ethiopia.
Professor Anna Laakmann

Listen: “Week in Health Law” podcast featuring professor Anna Laakmann

Professor Anna Laakmann, who teaches intellectual property and health law, participates in The Week in Health Law Podcast discussing the interplay between FDA regulation and IP law, and physician liability for clinical innovation. The Week in Health Law Podcast is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy.

GEI Releases Comprehensive Evaluation of Oregon’s Climate Policies

A new report by the Green Energy Institute evaluates Oregon’s efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions and concludes that the state’s current system for meeting its climate-related policy goals won’t succeed.

#GiveLawDay raised over $22,000 in scholarship funds

On Dec. 1 (#GiveLawDay) over 78 donors helped raise $12,640 in just 24 hours! Dean Jennifer Johnson matched awards up to $10,000 resulting in $22,640 total that will go toward scholarships for law students. We thank all our donors for coming together to support the law school. We sincerely appreciate your generosity!

Watch Earthrise law professor Allison LaPlante present oral argument before 9th circuit

Earthrise law professor and attorney Allison LaPlante argues before Ninth Circuit court in a case, Center for Biodiversity vs. USFS, involving the California Condor in the Kaibab National Forest.

A message of support to the L&C community

This past week our undergraduate college was hit with a series of disturbing events targeting minority and underrepresented members of the community. The law school has reached out to offer support, and we are providing security and support to our own students who are feeling the effects of recent events.
Class of 1918

100 Years of Achievements

Over the course of the last century, the law school and its alumni have accomplished much that’s worth celebrating.
Drew Henning, Class of 2014

Profile of a Prosecutor: Alum Drew Henning ’14

Drew Henning works for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

Landsat photo, from circa 2000. Generated via [1] from NASA data

Earthrise Law Center helps protect Chesapeake Bay clean water plan

“When Craig Johnston, Director of the Earthrise Law Center, a law clinic at Portland, Oregon’s Lewis and Clark Law School, heard about the American Farm Bureau Federation group’s continuing efforts to derail the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, he decided to get involved”…

Mike Blumm comments on lawsuit filed against government by children worried about climate change

Professor Mike Blumm, an expert on environmental law, comments on a story reported in freenewspos.com about a lawsuit filed against the federal government by Our Children’s Trust, a group of children and young adults.

Professor Tung Yin

Prof Tung Yin discusses DOJ’s surveillance of #BlackLivesMatter hashtag users

Lewis & Clark law professor Tung Yin discusses the legal issues involved with the OR DOJ’s surveillance of #blacklivesmatter hashtag users.

Monumental Legacies: Our Buildings and Their Namesakes

Learn about the extraordinary people for whom law school facilities are named.

Interntional Environmental Law Project sends professor and students to climate change conference

Their work “inside” the COP21 focuses on supporting small island States.
Pamela D. Frasch

AALS Animal Law Section selects Pamela Frasch as inaugural recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award

AALS Animal Law Section Selects Pamela Frasch as Inaugural Recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award

Animal Law Conference Brought International Message to Sold Out Crowd

The 23rd Annual Animal Law Conference, held October 16-18, 2015

“A Blast from the Past: The Public Trust Doctrine and its Growing Threat to Private Property”

The Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr., of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, delivered the 3rd Annual James L. Huffman Lecture.

Gómez-Arostegui receives award for article on legal history

At the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History in Washington DC, Tomás Gómez-Arostegui received the 2015 Sutherland Prize for his article, Copyright at Common Law in 1774, 47 Conn. L. Rev. (2014).

KTVZ interviews Professor Kaplan about crime lab scandal investigation

Professor Aliza Kaplan, in her work with the Oregon Innocence Project, has responded to several media inquires on the topic, and called for labs to be run independently of the state police. Listen to her latest interview with KTVZ news.


Kathryn Smith Root receives Public Service Commendation

Kathryn Smith Root JD ’84 BA ’80, wins national public service award

Kathryn Smith Root JD ’84, BA’80, was awarded the Department of Homeland Security United States Coast Guard Public Service Commendation on October 15, 2015, during the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section Fall Conference, held in Portland, Oregon.

L&C launches new 3+3 program with Oregon State University

Lewis & Clark Law School and Oregon State University have created an accelerated 3+3 BA/JD program.
IP law professor Anna Laakmann

NYT publishes Anna Laakmann’s opinion on data sharing of genomic information

NYT publishes Anna Laakmann’s opinion on data sharing of genomic information
Peter Nycum

In Memoriam: Peter Nycum, former library dean and professor of law

Remembrance of Peter Nycum, former associate dean of Boley Law Library who passed away in October 5, 2015.

Prof. Steinzor: “How White Collar Criminal Enforcement Can Save the Environment”

Lewis & Clark Law School welcomed Rena Steinzor, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a founder and past president of the Center for Progressive Reform, as its 28th annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor. Prof. Steinzor’s public lecture, “How White Collar Criminal Enforcement Can Save the Environment”, argued for prosecution of individuals at corporations involved in criminal acts related to the environment, and addressed the related social justice issues.
Gurjeet Brar '16

Profile of an Extern

This is the third installment in a series of stories featuring some of the over 100 Lewis & Clark law students who completed summer externships in 2015.
Professor Ozan Varol

Professor Varol elected to chair Younger Comparativists Committee

Professor Ozan Varol was elected to chair a committee of the American Society of Comparative Law.
Invasive Zebra Mussel

Earthrise Law Center Wins Huge Case Against EPA

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals orders EPA to revise regulation of ship ballast discharges blamed for species invasions
Shawn Reilly '89, mayor of Waukesha, WI

Shawn Reilly ’89, a small city mayor, leaves the drama out of politics

Reprinted from the Milwaukie Wisconsin Journal Sentinal
Professor Lydia Loren

Ninth Circuit cites Professor Loren in copyright decision

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important copyright ruling recently holding that before a copyright owner sends a “takedown” notice of something posted on the internet, the copyright owner must consider the fair use rights of an individual who posted it. In the opinion, the court cited an article written by Intellectual Property Law Professor Lydia Loren.
Diane Wiscarson '96

Diane Wiscarson ’96 demands civil rights for special needs students

Special education attorney and Lewis & Clark Law School alum, Diane Wiscarson ’96, has made it her mission to assure that special needs kids in Oregon and Washington receive a fair and appropriate public education. Depending upon the child, this can mean a lot of different things.

Small Business Legal Clinic awarded $35,000 grant by Walmart Foundation

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) has received a $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support its work of providing business transactional legal assistance to low income small business owners in and around the Portland Metro Area.

Students Contribute to Oxford Border Criminologies Blog

Lewis & Clark law students write and post on Oxford Border Criminologies blog, an international law forum, about women and children seeking asylum in the U.S.

Ozan Varol to present on forthcoming book

Professor Ozan Varol will speak at Cornell Law School on his forthcoming book, The Democratic Coup d’État.

Professor Aliza Kaplan and OIP comment on crime lab scandal

Scandals involving analysts working for crime labs in Oregon are making the news, and media outlets are turning to the Oregon Innocence Project, and Professor Aliza Kaplan, an expert on criminal justice reform, for comment.
Elizabeth Crespo '16

Profile: An Extern in Ecuador

Eizabeth Crespo ’16 spent the summer working in Quito for YASunidos
Paul H. Casey and Jerry Carleton ?07

Paying It Forward

Scholarships help Lewis & Clark students realize their dreams, even in today’s uncertain economy.
Paul H. Casey and Jerry Carleton ?07

Paying It Forward With Scholarships

Scholarships help Lewis & Clark students realize their dreams of obtaining a legal education, even in today’s uncertain economy.

Prominent Kenyan Attorney Awarded Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship

Prominent Kenyan Attorney Awarded the First Animal Lawyers Without Borders Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship
Executive Bobbin Singh ?11 and Professor Aliza Kaplan

New Criminal Justice Reform Clinic Opens

Lewis & Clark’s new Criminal Justice Reform Clinic serves the community and law students interested in the intersection of integrative advocacy and criminal justice reform.
Frank Pommersheim

Visiting Indian Law Professor Frank Pommersheim

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that it will host renowned Indian law author and professor, Frank Pommersheim, as the second Walter R. Echo-Hawk Distinguished Visiting Professor in the spring of 2016.
The Class of 2018

L&C Law welcomes 100th class

On Friday, August 14th, the law school welcomed its 100th entering law school class.
The law school occupied a single room in the Multnomah County Courthouse in 1915.

Then and Now: Starting Law School

When the University of Oregon’s Portland-based law department became the private Northwestern School of Law in 1915, there was no campus—just a room in a building. A lot has changed for law students.
Summer Institute BBQ 2015

New students attend AEP Summer Institute

Every year, the Academic Enhancement Program at Lewis & Clark Law School offers an eight-day intensive course to incoming first-year law students known as the Summer Institute.

Lewis & Clark named one of Sierra Club’s top environmentally responsible schools

For the fourth year in a row, Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top “Cool Schools,” a list that honors America’s greenest colleges and universities.

Profile: An Externship in India

Law student spends the summer at the Human Rights Law Network.
Charles Lewis '16, Aaron Johnson '16, and LITC professor Jan Pierce

LITC Wins in Ninth Circuit

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic students argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and won

LC law students travel to Ecuador for summer practicum

The two-week intensive course explores international environmental law issues
Josh Alpert, Class of 1999

Josh Alpert ’99 to be Portland Mayor’s Chief of Staff

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales named Josh Alpert, Class of 1999, his new chief of staff, promoting the long-time political aide from his current role as director of strategic initiatives.

Law students seek input from wheelchair users on “for-hire” transportation

Recently, an independent group of Lewis & Clark Law students created the Portland Equal Access Plan (PEAP) and helped shape regulatory standards in Portland. Following this success, the group is focusing their research specifically on wheelchair users’ experience with for-hire transportation in Portland.
Michael G. Taylor

Local attorney Michael Taylor recognized for work with SBLC

Attorney Michael G. Taylor is recognized by the Multnomah Bar Association for his pro bono work with the Lewis & Clark Law School Small Business Legal Clinic.

Return. Reflect. Reconnect.

Lewis & Clark Law School celebrates 100 years of excellence in legal education.
Ozan Varol and David McCraw at City Club's Friday Forum

Prof. Varol Discusses Free Speech With David McCraw of The New York Times

The City Club of Portland hosted a conversation between Lewis & Clark Law Professor Ozan Varol and Vice President of the New York Times, David McCraw.  The conversation, titled “What News Isn’t Fit to Print?,” focused on freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the aftermath of attacks on cartoonists in Denmark and France.

Pro Bono Work in Texas

L&C law students volunteer at an immigration detention center
Joseph Callahan

Davis Wright Tremaine Award Winners

Davis Wright Tremaine Award Winners

Tax Law

Law Students argue in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Watch the 2015 Law School Commencement

Live Feed of the 2015 Law School Commencement
Summer Law Camp students visit Judge McShane

Lewis & Clark is a finalist for “Diversity Matters” award

Lewis & Clark Law School was named one of the top ten finalists for the Law School Admissions Council’s 2015 Diversity Matters Award.

IELP Helped Author A Report Regarding Malawi’s Wildlife Legislation

The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) helped write a report on Malawi’s illegal wildlife trade. IELP authored the portion of the report regarding Malawi’s wildlife legislation, and will continue to work with Malawi to see the recommendations adopted by Parliament.

L&C Helped Craft Uber Regulatory Standards in Portland

Six Lewis & Clark law students, John Peckler ’17, Sun Kim ’15, Stephanie Grant ’15, Leslie Hallan ’17, Jared Banta ’17 and Tom Walsh ’17, joined forces with alum Michael Schultz, to form an independent policy research group looking at the relationship between economic efficiency and regulatory oversight. The idea was to make a regulatory framework for Portland’s private for-hire transportation industry to help traffic network companies (TNCs) like Uber operate lawfully within Portland’s jurisdiction.

Animal Law Symposium Calls Attention to Big Problems with Big-Ag

The Animal Law Review’s 4th Annual Animal Law Symposium a Resounding Success.
Changhyeon Shin, Jong Sun Park, Byunggun Min

Samsung’s Sponsored Law School Program

IP Law Program Draws Students from South Korea

Prof. Foster Spoke With KATU News During President Obama’s PDX Visit

President Obama recently visited Portland to promote two major free trade and investment agreements that his administration is currently negotiating with a large number of foreign countries: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. In connection with that visit, KATU news reporter Katherine Kisiel asked Professor Foster to outline the arguments for and against these agreements and to identify their potential impacts. She also asked him to break down certain draft legislation co-sponsored by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, which is designed to facilitate the negotiation of these agreements and their approval by Congress. Excerpts from that interview aired shortly before a speech by President Obama at Nike’s world headquarters, as part of KATU’s coverage of the event.

Joel Reschly ’15 Wins Prestigious ELI Writing Award

Joel Reschly – an “almost alum” - recently learned that he won the Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition organized by the Environmental Law Institute and the National Association of Environmental Law Studies. Joel is the first Lewis & Clark law student to win this prestigious award which recognizes student work that best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic of constitutional environmental law. The award comes with a $2000 cash prize and an offer to publish in the Environmental Law Reporter.

What Is Victim Advocacy?

“An unfortunate reality of the world in which we live is that new crimes are perpetrated and new victims are created every day. There’s a firmly carved out space in our justice system–and by extension, our society–for offenders. But what about the victims of crimes? What spaces do they occupy in our justice system, and what rights do they have? Read on to learn about the pressing issues in victims’ rights, and what progress is being made to advocate for victims within our justice system”

L&C at the Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association Conference

Lewis and Clark Law School was well represented at the 2015 Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association Conference.
Image from the Standard Examiner Article

Samantha MacBeth, 2L, Fights for Animalty Cruelty Laws

When she was a small child, Samantha MacBeth’s parents instilled in her a love for animals and compassion toward all living creatures.

Enroll Now! Summer School at L&C Law

The summer Lewis & Clark Law School is offering summer school courses in Environmental Law, Indian Law, Animal Law and general law classes .  These courses are open to law students, lawyers, and college graduates interested in law.  Current L&C students can register directly through WebAdvisor and visiting students and auditors can submit a registration form to the registrar’s office.  Click here for information about our registration and application requirements.

Registration  deadline is May 25.  Please contact lawreg@lclark.edu with any questions.

17th Annual Joyce Ann Harpole Event

“Love of Life & the Law” was the theme of the 17th annual Joyce Ann Harpole event, held on April 7, 2015 at the offices of Joyce’s former firm, Stoel Rives LLP. Joyce Harpole ’79 was admired for achieving balance between her legal career and family, friends and community service. She is remembered for her integrity, professionalism and delight for life, and her friends, family and classmates honor her spirit and achievements by awarding the annual Joyce Ann Harpole Scholarship and the Harpole Attorney Award.

L&C ranked #1 in The Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Green Colleges

Lewis & Clark is ranked #1 in The Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Green Colleges.

Lewis & Clark takes top honor in Princeton Review ranking of greenest colleges

Number one. That’s the spot Lewis & Clark earned in The Princeton Review’s ranking of 353 most environmentally responsible colleges and universities.
Dwight Mears

Service Continues for Veterans and Members of the Military

This time it’s in the field of law, not on the battlefield
Prof. Michael Blumm discusses the Public Trust doctrine, the Lake Oswego lake case, and the amicu...

Public Trust symposium brings together academics, practitioners and students

The Developments in the Public Trust symposium on April 10th brought together academics, practitioners and students to discuss the history and future of the doctrine. In addition to presentations by professors from around the country, there was time for discussion and exchange of ideas on how the public trust doctrine applies to the pressing environmental issues of today. A link to the recording of the presentations is available online, as well as the powerpoints and academic papers which will be published in Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law journal. Thanks to everyone who participated for making this a great event.

An Evening with Walter Echo-Hawk: In the Light of Justice

An Evening with Walter Echo-Hawk: In the Light of Justice

Sarah Butler and David Rosengard at the 2015 National Animal Law Competitions

Lewis & Clark Law Students Shine at the 14th Annual National Animal Law Competitions

Lewis & Clark is proud to recognize the achievements of Sarah Butler, Cooper Warner, David Rosengard, Cameron Jimmo, YoungWoo Joh, Brian Buske, and Michael Cowgill, its participants at the 2015 National Animal Law Competition (NALC) at Harvard Law School.

Lewis & Clark among best schools for practical training

Lewis & Clark again rated one of best schools for practical training by National Jurist Magazine.

Pro Bono Work in Texas

Law Students Spend Spring Break Assisting Asylum Seekers Detained at U.S. Border

Professor Foster elected as Co-Chair of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group

On April 3, 2015, Professor Foster was elected as Co-Chair of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group within the American Society of International Law. This Interest Group is comprised of more than 200 academics, practitioners and jurists from all over the world, and is dedicated to examining and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples in international law, as well as facilitating transnational information-sharing and cooperation on this vital topic through periodic meetings, conferences, webinars, and an Interest Group newsletter.
Funds will support summer stipends for students doing public interest legal work.

25th Annual PILP Auction

Both auctions raised around $36,000 to support the Summer Stipend Program and Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

L&C places 1st in the Merhige National Environmental Competition

Lewis & Clark had exciting results in this year’s Merhige National Environmental Competition. After negotiating three rounds the first day, both teams—Kara Tebeau and Andrea Lang, and Anna Sagatelova and Allison Melgaard—advanced.