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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The International Law Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Awards.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Clinic student secures clemency recommendation
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.
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.
After decades of service, four leaders among the law school faculty and administration retire.
Ghatak-Roy works at the firm Conley Rose, P.C. in Austin, TX.
Alumnus CJ Graves ’12, has brought an employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of client Noel M. King against local Warner Pacific College.
Drew Henning works for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago.
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.
Law Students argue in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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.
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Lewis & Clark is ranked #1 in The Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Green Colleges.
An Evening with Walter Echo-Hawk: In the Light of Justice
“In an effort to identify the most innovative clinics, The National Jurist magazine invited law schools to nominate clinics unique in subject matter, structure or community served. We received nominations from 76 law schools and narrowed the list down to 15.”
On December 2, the Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon State Bar, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Campaign for Equal Justice, and Lewis & Clark Law School hosted a farewell celebration for the Lewis & Clark low-income clinic staff and professors. Attended by judges, alums, students, and Lewis & Clark faculty and staff, the event drew a good crowd to the Multnomah County Court House where it took place. Judge Nan Waller; Sandy Hansberger ’82, a former clinic professor and current director of the Campaign for Equal Justice; Professor Dick Slottee; and student Caitlin Egeck spoke. All emphasized the great contribution the Lewis & Clark Clinic has made to the legal education of so many law students, while also providing important legal services to those most in need.
This report is a product of work undertaken by law students in the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Workshop at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, in association with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation in The Hague. At the suggestion of UNPO, the workshop selected for investigation and legal analysis the situation of the Haratin, an ethnic group suffering from slavery and an UNPO member, in Mauritania. This report will be used by UNPO in promoting the interests of its member, Haratin, represented by the Initiative de Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste en Mauritanie (IRA), in international fora. The authors express their gratitude to Pierre Hegay, former Program Director at UNPO, for his continuing support and assistance; Johanna Green, current UNPO Program Manager; Tyler MacBeth for the cover design; Dianne Viales and Lisa Frenz for the production assistance; and Professor John P. Grant, who offered exceptional guidance throughout this process.
Professor Varol presented a talk on stealth authoritarian practices in Turkey at a conference on Transitional Justice and Hybrid Regimes in Turkey and the Middle East, hosted at Cornell Law School.. He argued that the Turkish government has been relying on a set of stealth mechanisms of authoritarian control, which are more difficult to detect and eliminate than traditional mechanisms of authoritarianism. Among his co-panelists was the Hon. Sezgin Tanrikulu, a member of the Turkish Parliament. The event brought together scholars and practitioners from all over the world, including the President of the International Criminal Court, Sang-Hyun Song, who delivered the keynote address.
Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is the recipient of the 2014 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for Oregon given by the FBI’s Portland Division. The FBI honors either a person or organization annually with this award in each of their 56 field divisions. The criteria for winning is, “each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.”
We’re starting a new series of stories called “GreenLights”, where we will shine a spotlight on some of our amazing students in the environmental and natural resources law program. In our first GreenLight, Victor Reuther (’15) shares some of his background and law school experiences with us. In addition to his role as Editor of Environmental Law, Victor spent a fabulous summer on a Lewis & Clark externship in Delhi, India.
Meg Garvin, executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, discusses recent cases of sexual assault and keeping victims identity private in this Inside Higher Ed article.
Professor Pommersheim has joined the digital age!
An attorney doing international securities litigation.
He is currently completing a fellowship at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and has learned how to mesh science and law.
The IRS awarded law school tax clinic grants to 37 recipients. Lewis & Clark received $98,000.
Larry Wilson, 1975 Lewis & Clark alum and one of the runners who was unable to finish Boston Marathon, has an inspirational message.
The Moot Court/Mock Trial team recently competed in the regional portion of the Texas Young Lawyer Association National Trial Competition.
Professor Hessler weighs in on proposed legislation that would ban Shamu shows in California in this ThinkProgress article.
The Lewis & Clark Jessup Team for 2014 - comprised of Shane Barnes, Tristan Parker, Brendan Stabeno, Ali Ward and Spencer Wilson and coached by alum Dagmar Butte - was a semi-finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Regional where 22 teams and over 80 speakers competed for team and individual honors.
Get to know current Lewis & Clark Law Students through JD Candidate Halah Ilias’s blog posts, “Snapshots of an Almost JD”
Paula Bechtold J.D. ’75 blazes the trail for women in the law profession and devotes her lifetime career to community service.
In a video interview, CALS organizers and conference speakers talk about work in their specific field and why animal law is relevant to society at large.
Jacques von Lunen, special reporter to The Oregonian wrote a column on this year’s Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark College which explored the links between animal law and other disciplines. Keynote speaker Nicholas Kristof, author of the new book “Half the Sky,” spoke on the connection between animal welfare and social justice.