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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

50th Anniversary Events

Lewis & Clark Law School is celebrating the 50th year of its environmental law program which is ranked #1 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

To honor this occasion, Lewis and Clark is hosting several renowned guest speakers throughout the year.

Michelle J. DePass was the guest speaker for the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series. DePass is the 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. The lecture was held on the Lewis & Clark Law School Campus on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s James L. Huffman Lecture in honor of the Western Resources Legal Center guest speaker is Professor Gerald Torres. A leading figure in critical race theory, environmental law, and federal Indian Law, Torres and Emeritus Dean and Professor of Law, James L. Huffman, frequently enjoy debating their respective perspectives with each other. Understanding the rules of civil discourse is the underlying theme of Torres’ talk, entitled, “Law Making: Formal and Informal Paths to Durable Legal Change.” The event will be held on the Lewis & Clark Law School Campus on February 17, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

In March, the Justice Kennedy Lecture Series is hosting Professor Richard Lazarus of Harvard Law School who will be discussing his book, The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court. This book tells the inside story of the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, one of the Court’s most famous environmental law case. The event will be held on the Lewis & Clark Law School Campus on March 4, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

Also in March, Lewis and Clark will host the International Law Distinguished Visitor, Professor Elizabeth Kirk. Kirk is a Global Professor in Global Governance and Ecology at the University of London. Her current research addresses complex, multi-faceted problems such as plastics pollution, energy efficiency and governance of the Arctic. The lecture, titled “The Case for a Plastics Treaty,” will be held on the Lewis & Clark Law School Campus on March 9, 2020, at 12:10 p.m.

Finishing off the spring semester is the 32nd Annual Environmental Law Distinguished Visitor Lecture. Professor Alexandra Klass’s lecture, titled “U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration: A Law and Policy Perspective,” addresses regulatory challenges to integrating more renewable energy into the nation’s electric grid, transportation electrification, oil and gas transportation infrastructure, and the use of eminent domain for electric transmission lines and pipelines. The lecture will be held on the Lewis & Clark Law School Campus on April 2, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

A 50th anniversary gala celebratory event will be held in early November 2020. More information will be forthcoming.