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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 >
  • Michelle DePass CEO of the Meyer Memorial trust for MMT on Friday, April 5th, 2019.
    Michelle J. DePass, CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust, to give 2020 MLK lecture
    Michelle J. DePass is the president and chief executive officer of Meyer Memorial Trust. For more than three decades, DePass has distinguished herself as a thought leader at the intersections of academia, government and progressive philanthropy. She is known as a convener who brings people together, generates solutions and sources meaningful change by and for communities most impacted by inequity. Social, economic and environmental justice have been the North Stars of a career that began in community organizing in New York and has led to leadership positions in philanthropy, government, academia and the nonprofit sector. Her particular passions center on justice for people of color, women, indigenous peoples and communities that face down the stiffest barriers. More >
  • LC Law School in sunshine
    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. The bequest, from Washington environmental activist John E. Diehl, is the second-largest single gift ever made to the law school. More >
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    NEDC and the beginnings of environmental law at Lewis & Clark
  • David Marin Cortes (LLM alum) update
    David Marín Cortés (LLM ’15) is the first Executive Director of the Secretariat for Environmental Enforcement Matters (SEEM) under the Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) between the United States and Colombia. More >
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    Lewis & Clark’s Env Law program ranked #1 in the U.S. (again!)
    Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program (celebrating its 50th year in 2020) is ranked #1 in the U.S. in a recent analysis. The article notes the “forward-thinking courses”, summer courses, and student groups at the law school. More >
  • Prof Lyman
    Prof. Erica Lyman is new Director of International Environmental Law Project
    Professor Erica Lyman (’05) will lead Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) as of September 1, 2019. As a staff attorney for IELP, Lyman has worked to promote consideration of climate change on World Heritage sites; served as a legal advisor for Palau and the Maldives during the climate change negotiations, including during the adoption of the Paris Agreement; crafted the legal arguments that eventually ended Japanese high seas whaling; and is currently working in 15 African countries on evaluating and drafting legislation to combat wildlife trafficking.
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  • 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 >
  • LC Environmental Law spring gathering with students, faculty, and staff.
    LC’s Env Law Program Rated A+ by Pre-Law Magazine
    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 >
  • Three people at a table with computers
    LC’s Environmental Law LLM offered via distance learning

    Lewis & Clark now offers its LLM degree in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law through a distance-learning online option. 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 Spring 2020 Cohort are now being accepted.

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  • Prof. Melissa Powers
    Prof. Powers awarded Oregon State Bar’s 2019 President’s 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.”  More >
  • 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 >

 

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
    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.
  • Michelle DePass CEO of the Meyer Memorial trust for MMT on Friday, April 5th, 2019.
    Michelle J. DePass, CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust, to give 2020 MLK lecture
    Michelle J. DePass is the president and chief executive officer of Meyer Memorial Trust. For more than three decades, DePass has distinguished herself as a thought leader at the intersections of academia, government and progressive philanthropy. She is known as a convener who brings people together, generates solutions and sources meaningful change by and for communities most impacted by inequity. Social, economic and environmental justice have been the North Stars of a career that began in community organizing in New York and has led to leadership positions in philanthropy, government, academia and the nonprofit sector. Her particular passions center on justice for people of color, women, indigenous peoples and communities that face down the stiffest barriers.
  • LC Law School in sunshine
    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. The bequest, from Washington environmental activist John E. Diehl, is the second-largest single gift ever made to the law school.
  • NEDC logo
    NEDC and the beginnings of environmental law at Lewis & Clark

EVENTS

January 21st, 2020

  • 5:30pm: Michelle J. DePass to give 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture
    The 2020 MLK lecture series, features Michelle J. DePass, president and chief executive officer of Meyer Memorial Trust. DePass recognizes the need to invest in the next generation and educate them on the importance of social, economic and environmental justice.

February 17th, 2020

April 2nd, 2020