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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Environmental 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 certificate programs, the LLM in Environmental Law,  our 100 % online LLM program, our Master of Studies in Environmental Law (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

  • US News announced its 2020 rankings of law schools, and named Lewis & Clark Environmental Law program as number one in the nation. More >
  • Professor Lisa Benjamin
    LC Law’s newest professor writes: ” (…) Courts want to know that directors have considered all material information reasonably available to them, and the increasing impacts and risks of climate change to businesses mean climate risks and opportunities are now material.” More >
  • L & C alum, Tara Brock, has joined Oceana as Pacific Counsel, based in Portland, Oregon. Brock brings with her more than a decade of experience and a diverse background in ocean conservation, not only as an attorney but also through community organizing, policy expertise and advocacy, and communications outreach. More >
  • Wyss Scholar Cooper Rodgers '19 (center) with students Maya Alvear and Thomas Premo.
    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. “Getting Things Done: Careers in Environmental Law for Natural Resources Majors” was developed by Cooper and funded by the Wyss Small Grants Program, which is part of the Wyss Scholars Program. More >
  • LC Environmental Law spring gathering with students, faculty, and staff.
    Lewis & CLark’s Environmental Law program is rated A+ and featured in the Pre-Law magazine: “Students can get key practical-training experience in the school’s Earthrise Law Center legal clinic. The school also boasts the International Environmental Law Project, the Green Energy Institute and the Environmental Law Review. “ More >
  • Professor Lisa Benjamin
    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). More >
  • Lewis & Clark Law School’s 2019 environmental law moot court team of Ben Scissors (2L),...

    Lewis & Clark Law School’s 2019 environmental law moot court team of Ben Scissors (2L), Sangye Ince-Johanssen (3L), and Rachel Blackburn (3L), advanced to the quarterfinals of the national environmental law moot court competition. Ben won recognition as the “best overall oralist” of the entire competition.

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  • Wim Wiewel leads a community bike ride on his first day as president.
    President Wim Wiewel attended the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, where he and fellow college and university leaders made a public pledge to work harder, faster, and smarter to drive climate action forward. In an op-ed in the Portland Business Journal, President Wim Wiewel discusses the work we’ve done and the work ahead. More >
  • Worker standing by solar panels
    Renewable energy projects provided Oregon counties more than $120 million in direct tax revenue over the past four years and nearly $32 million in tax year 2017-2018 alone, according to a new study released by the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School (GEI). More >
  • Hannah Clements, 2L, NEDC Law Clerk and 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.

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  • Three people at a table with computers

    Lewis & Clark will offer its LLM degree in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law through a distance-learning online option, starting in fall 2019 (pending ABA acquiescence.) The online LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law builds on the law school’s internationally recognized post-JD environmental law Master’s program, and is specifically designed for attorneys who want to more effectively practice in today’s global environmental legal issues.  Applications for the Fall 2019 Cohort are now being accepted.

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  • Professor Lisa Benjamin
    Professor Benjamin is a globally recognized expert and scholar in energy, climate change, and corporate law—particularly as they intersect—and her expertise will allow Lewis & Clark to expand its curriculum, scholarship, and impact in areas such as international climate change law, energy transition, environmental justice, and corporate environmental and social responsibility. More >

 

NEWS

  • US News announced its 2020 rankings of law schools, and named Lewis & Clark Environmental Law program as number one in the nation.
  • 3d render image of grass field with photovoltaic and wind power plants
    Lewis & Clark Law School launches new Certificate in Energy, Innovation and Sustainability for JD students who want to prepare for careers in energy fields.
  • Professor Lisa Benjamin
    LC Law’s newest professor writes: ” (…) Courts want to know that directors have considered all material information reasonably available to them, and the increasing impacts and risks of climate change to businesses mean climate risks and opportunities are now material.”
  • L & C alum, Tara Brock, has joined Oceana as Pacific Counsel, based in Portland, Oregon. Brock brings with her more than a decade of experience and a diverse background in ocean conservation, not only as an attorney but also through community organizing, policy expertise and advocacy, and communications outreach.
  • Wyss Scholar Cooper Rodgers '19 (center) with students Maya Alvear and Thomas Premo.
    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. “Getting Things Done: Careers in Environmental Law for Natural Resources Majors” was developed by Cooper and funded by the Wyss Small Grants Program, which is part of the Wyss Scholars Program.

EVENTS

August 28th, 2019

  • Enviro students in amphitheater 12:10pm - 1:10pm: Enviro & Animal Law Student Group Info Session
    1Ls and all interested students, come and learn about all the environmental and animal law student groups on campus and how you can get involved! Cookies and sweet provided- bring your own lunch.

October 18th, 2019

  • Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service All Day: US v Oregon: 50th Anniversary Symposium
    Lewis and Clark Law and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) will hold a symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of Judge Robert Belloni’s landmark decision that interpreted the Columbia River tribes’ treaty fishing rights to ensure that the tribes were able to harvest “a fair share” of Columbia River salmon runs.