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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), 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

  • 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), where the court, sitting en banc, overturned 50 years of precedent and found that FERC “violated the law by routinely issuing ‘tolling orders’ that prevent pipeline opponents from seeking judicial review while an agency petition process drags on and industrial development moves forward (…)” ‘Kafkaesque’ FERC Pipeline Process Needs Revamp, Court Says. A fourth alum, Ellen Gilmer, is the journalist who wrote the attached Bloomberg article analyzing the court’s decision. More >
  • U.S. News ranks Lewis & Clark Law’s environmental law program number one in the nation for 2021. More >
  • Earthrise, and their co-counsel Sea Shepherd Legal, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sea Shepherd New Zealand and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society challenging the U.S. government’s failure to protect New Zealand’s critically endangered Māui dolphin. More >
  • A baby pangolin. Pangolins are reported to be the world’s most trafficked mammal.
    “The information now in front of us regarding COVID-19 is not revelatory, but it should spark a revolution. Zoonotic diseases, those diseases that transfer from animals to humans, can cause pandemics. They can cause great suffering and loss of life; they can bring the world’s economy to a grinding halt, sacrificing untold livelihoods. COVID-19 has taken this exact toll—and, by most accounts, we’re only in the early stages of the fallout.” 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 >
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    Kelly House, Master or Studies alum from Lewis & Clark Law School, whose investigations into groundwater mining and other environmental challenges in Oregon won national honors, has joined Bridge Magazine to cover the environment, natural resources and conservation issues. More >
  • Nick Fromherz Peru
    On March 10, Nick Fromherz, staff attorney and adjunct professor for Lewis & Clark’s International Environmental Law Project, spoke with approximately 100 environmental prosecutors in Lima, Peru. Fromherz was the lead speaker in a session focused on illegal fishing and fisheries crime. More >
  • Sadie Normoyle (’20) will be presenting her paper, “Protecting Water Quality Through Tribal Treaty Fishing Rights: An Analysis of Idaho’s Fish Consumption Rate”, at the University of Arizona’s Next Generation of Environmental Law Symposium in April. The paper will also be published in the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy in the Summer 2020 issue.

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  • Kathleen Ho
    LC alum, Kathleen Ho, slated to head Hawaii’s Office of Environmental Quality Control

    LC Law LLM alum, Kathleen S. Y. Ho, is slated to become the next Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) in Hawaii. Ho has extensive experience in environmental law, having served as deputy attorney general in the Health Division since 1992.

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  • How does a Jewish kid from Philly become a tribal court judge in Alaska? Just ask Judge David Avraham Voluck. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Voluck has been practicing federal Indian and tribal law from his home base in Sitka, Alaska, since 1996, save for a two-year sabbatical he took to attend the Rabbinical College of America.

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E-NEWS

  • 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), where the court, sitting en banc, overturned 50 years of precedent and found that FERC “violated the law by routinely issuing ‘tolling orders’ that prevent pipeline opponents from seeking judicial review while an agency petition process drags on and industrial development moves forward (…)” ‘Kafkaesque’ FERC Pipeline Process Needs Revamp, Court Says. A fourth alum, Ellen Gilmer, is the journalist who wrote the attached Bloomberg article analyzing the court’s decision.
  • U.S. News ranks Lewis & Clark Law’s environmental law program number one in the nation for 2021.
  • Earthrise, and their co-counsel Sea Shepherd Legal, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sea Shepherd New Zealand and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society challenging the U.S. government’s failure to protect New Zealand’s critically endangered Māui dolphin.
  • A baby pangolin. Pangolins are reported to be the world’s most trafficked mammal.
    “The information now in front of us regarding COVID-19 is not revelatory, but it should spark a revolution. Zoonotic diseases, those diseases that transfer from animals to humans, can cause pandemics. They can cause great suffering and loss of life; they can bring the world’s economy to a grinding halt, sacrificing untold livelihoods. COVID-19 has taken this exact toll—and, by most accounts, we’re only in the early stages of the fallout.”
  • Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program announced the first four recipients for Diehl Fellowships. Three current students and one recent graduate were selected from a pool of applicants in February. The 2020 Diehl Environmental Law Fellows are Audrey Leonard ’20, Jesse Caldwell ’20, Teryn Yazdani ’20, and Dani Replogle ’19. Each Fellow will receive a $40,000 stipend for their work in public interest environmental law.