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

  • U.S. News ranks Lewis & Clark Law’s environmental law program number one in the nation for 2021. More >
  • This fall, we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Environmental Law program. While this year hasn’t gone in a direction anyone would have predicted, the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program and our students have adapted to the new normal and continue to press forward in the ever-changing climate of 2020. We have a mix of students, faculty, and staff on-campus or at-home, taking classes, teaching, and working. We’re pleased that our program continues to evolve, in part due to our expanding online offerings, and we are looking forward to the next 50 years. More >
  • Funded by the Wyss Foundation, a private, charitable foundation dedicated to land conservation in the Intermountain West, the Wyss Scholars Program seeks to identify and support a new generation of leaders focused on western land conservation issues. The selected Lewis & Clark Scholar will receive financial support during their 2L summer, 3L year and post-graduation.

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  • Lewis & Clark Law School is the recipient of a bequest from John E. Diehl who was an active environmentalist in Washington. The Diehl bequest supports a fellowship program for Lewis & Clark law school graduates who are planning to work in public interest environmental law. The bequest specified a preference for graduates who are “dedicated to resource conservation, wilderness and wildlife habitat and preservation, or human population stabilization.” Recipients will be designated “Diehl Environmental Law Fellows.” More >
  • Mother Elephant and Calf grazing at Amboseli with Kilimanjaro
    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. More >
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    Prof. Dan Rohlf is a coauthor of a recent article in BioScience critiquing the US government’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act on the basis of a claim that the statute permits a species to be declared recovered given the existence of a single presently secure population. More >
  • LC’s Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (“the Alliance” - formerly IELP) worked with the ABA to produce a handbook analyzing legal tools to combat illegal wildlife trafficking in Latin America. In addition to writing the chapter on Bolivia, the Alliance helped the ABA think through the overall approach and priority topics. More >
  • Lewis & Clark’s environmental law program honored several alumni on October 13, 2020, in a virtual event. More >
  • Lewis & Clark Law School’s LLM alum, Nawneet Vibhaw, class of 2010, has been recognized as one of the 40 top lawyers under the age of 40 by BW Legal World (India). Nawneet is now a Partner at one of India’s largest law firms, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. More >
  • Jacqueline O’Keefe firefighter
    Jacqueline O’Keefe (3L), shared with us her experience as a firefighter, and clerking this summer for a federal judge. More >
  • Allegheny National Forest. Photo by Ryan Talbott
    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. More >
  • Maddy Munson
    Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that 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. More >
  • 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 >
  • LC Law School in sunshine
    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 >

 

E-NEWS

  • U.S. News ranks Lewis & Clark Law’s environmental law program number one in the nation for 2021.
  • This fall, we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Environmental Law program. While this year hasn’t gone in a direction anyone would have predicted, the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program and our students have adapted to the new normal and continue to press forward in the ever-changing climate of 2020. We have a mix of students, faculty, and staff on-campus or at-home, taking classes, teaching, and working. We’re pleased that our program continues to evolve, in part due to our expanding online offerings, and we are looking forward to the next 50 years.
  • Funded by the Wyss Foundation, a private, charitable foundation dedicated to land conservation in the Intermountain West, the Wyss Scholars Program seeks to identify and support a new generation of leaders focused on western land conservation issues. The selected Lewis & Clark Scholar will receive financial support during their 2L summer, 3L year and post-graduation.

  • Lewis & Clark Law School is the recipient of a bequest from John E. Diehl who was an active environmentalist in Washington. The Diehl bequest supports a fellowship program for Lewis & Clark law school graduates who are planning to work in public interest environmental law. The bequest specified a preference for graduates who are “dedicated to resource conservation, wilderness and wildlife habitat and preservation, or human population stabilization.” Recipients will be designated “Diehl Environmental Law Fellows.”
  • Alexandra Klass
    Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program welcomed Professor Alexandra B. Klass, of the University of Minnesota Law School, as its 32nd annual Distinguished Environmental Law Visitor this month. Her lecture, titled “U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration: A Law and Policy Perspective”, was delivered (via webinar) to a wide audience of environmental law alums, practitioners, faculty, and students. This event is one of several events the program has hosted throughout 2020 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

EVENTS

December 31st, 2020

  • All Day: MDU Energy Law Scholarship: Applications Open

    Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to provide a scholarship for one student studying energy law provided by a gift from MDU Resources Foundation. The recipient may be a JD, LLM, or MSL student. The scholarship amount is $3,000. The award will be applied directly to financial aid. To be eligible, students must be planning to receive their degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Applications are due Thursday, December 31, 2020.