Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law

Welcome! Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon is an amazing place to study environmental law, natural resources law, and energy law. Our environmental law program and center is considered one of the top environmental law programs in the country by the U.S. News & World Report.

Check out our JD degree with certificate programs, the LLM in Environmental Law on campus, our 100% online LLM program, our Master of Studies in Environmental Law (MSL) on campus (for non-lawyers), our 100% online MSL program (for non-lawyers), and the “GreenFlash” below, and you will see that our faculty, students, alums, and programs are extraordinary. Please contact us at elaw@lclark.edu if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you! 

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GreenFlash: Updates from the Environmental Law Program

  • Barak Kamelgard, Online LLM Graduate in Environmental Law, Reflects on the Experience

    Barak Kamelgard shares his journey in the online LLM program, why he chose to pursue the degree, and how this program has impacted his professional career.

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  • Nailed It! Recent grad’s first oral argument in federal court

    Haley Nicholson ’22 argued for increased environmental action as a certified law student.

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  • Professor Lisa Benjamin is the 2022 Leo Levenson Award recipient

    Akriti Bhargava ’22 presented the coveted Leo Levenson Award for excellence in teaching to Professor Lisa Benjamin on behalf of the graduating class.

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  • Innovative Workshop Examines How to Improve International Protections for Wild Animals

    A recent workshop on wildlife law at Lewis & Clark Law School with Professor Tanya Wyatt of Northumbria University pushed participants to think critically about what we perceive wildlife to be and how we conceptualize it in the law.

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  • Environmental Moot Court Team Triumphant with National Title

    Three law students ace the challenging inter-school advocacy competition this year. The environmental law moot court team of 3L students Haley Nicholson, Kassie Kometani and Matt Campa, coached by Professor Craig Johnston, were named national champions of the 2022 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC). Haley Nicholson was honored as the best oralist at the entire competition.

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  • LC Law Alum named “Woman in Solar of the Year”

    Tania Jarjur ’11 was named “Woman in Solar of the Year” by the Middle East Energy Industry Association (MESIA) at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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  • Lewis & Clark Law Professor and student collaborate on paper for Climate Social Science Network.

    Professor Lisa Benjamin and 3L student Akriti Bhargava were co-authors of the seminal report on “Climate-Washing Litigation Legal Liability for Misleading Climate Communication.”

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  • Alum KC Becker now regional director of EPA Region 8

    President Joe Biden has chosen Boulder’s KC Becker, the recent speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, for a top job in the Environmental Protection Agency.

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  • Green Energy Institute Attorney Appointed to Oregon Commission

    Amy Schlusser JD ’13 LLM ’14 is named as commissioner with the influential state environmental body that oversees the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

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  • Prof Rohlf: need more funding to meet federal”30 x 30” conservation goals

    In this Popular Science article regarding proposed federal funding to support conservation and restoration projects, Prof. Dan Rohlf says it’s “’a breath of fresh air’ to see the federal government addressing conservation needs—but points out that much of the $1 billion is simply the repackaging of funds that were already available. As for whether this is enough for the country to achieve 30×30, he says it’s ‘not even close.’”

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  • Prof. Lisa Benjamin on MSNBC, discussing the link between infrastructure, climate change, and environmental justice

    Prof. Lisa Benjamin was on MSNBC, discussing the link between infrastructure, climate change, and environmental justice on the Velshi show, along with other Portland community leaders.

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  • Alumni Work to Protect Pristine Alaskan Watershed

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

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  • LC Law alums, George Kimbrell and others, fighting for food safety and the environment.

    Four Lewis & Clark Law 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 whose mission is to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture. CFS has won several important cases recently, thanks to the hard work of these alums.

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