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Careers & Alumni

The profession of environmental, natural resources, and energy law offers exciting opportunities for Lewis and Clark Law graduates, over a thousand of whom have gone on to interesting careers across the United States and all over the world.

The field is vast. Most of our graduates work in private law firms, government agencies, and nonprofit offices. Some work for international organizations; others teach environmental law in colleges or law schools. Some graduates find themselves in exciting non-traditional careers.

Here are only a few examples of what our graduates are doing in the environmental, natural resources , and energy law field.

Public interest litigation, policy work, lobbying and legislation

Rachel Briggs ’18,  Legal Fellow, Trustees for Alaska

Sangye Ince-Johannsen ’19 Legal Fellow, Western Environmental Law Center

Tyler Lobdell ’17, is Staff Attorney, Food and Water Watch.

Kimberly Kosa MSL ’17 is the Development Director at Wild Salmon Center.

Emma Bruden ’16, is an Associate Attorney at Kampmeier & Knutsen, PLLC.

Haley Blake (Lutz) MSL ’16 is the Executive Director of the Coos Watershed Association.

Rebecca Fischer ’16 is the Climate and Energy Program Attorney at WildEarth Guardians in Denver, Colorado.

Jonah Sandford ’15, is a Staff Attorney with the Northwest Environmental Defense Center

Lizzy Potter, JD, LL.M., Staff Attorney, Advocates for the West

Adena Leibman ’13 is the Senior Oceans Policy Manager at Environmental Defense Fund, Washington D.C.

Joe Furia ’08 is the Executive Director at World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.

Alexis Andiman ’13, is the Senior Associate in Earthjustice’s Northeast office, where she is focusing on sustainable food and farming issues.

Maggie Hall ’13 is a Staff Attorney at the Environmental Defense Center in California. Before joining EDC, Maggie worked at Los Angeles Waterkeeper.

Jenny Loda ’12, is a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity in Oakland, California, where she works to protect rare amphibians and reptiles across the country.

Marla Nelson Fox ’12 is a staff attorney with WildEarth Guardians.

Andrew Bowman LL.M. ’04, is the President of the Land Trust Alliance.

Laurie Rule ’01 is a Senior Attorney at Advocates for the West, Portland, Oregon office.

Peter (Mac) Lacy ’01 is a Staff Attorney at Oregon Natural Desert Association. His cases focus on wilderness, grazing, travel planning, imperiled species, and energy development issues on eastern Oregon’s public lands and he also handles FOIA litigation.

Stephanie Parent ’92, is a Senior Attorney with the Environmental Health program at the Center for Biological Diversity in Portland. 

Karl Anuta ’85, practices with the Law Office of Karl Anuta; he has set numerous legal precedents as lead counsel in water and forest law cases.

Nina Bell ’91, is the Executive Director of Northwest Environmental Advocates.

Kacky Andrews is Interim Chief of Strategy for Ocean Conservancy.

Julie Carter is a Policy Analyst at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

Kristen Fletcher LL.M. ’98, is the former Executive Director of the Coastal States Organization, representing the environmental interests of the governors of 35 coastal states in Congress.

Holly Duncan, ’87, Founder and President of Environmental Law Education Center, in Portland, Oregon

Steven Kallick ’83, is a Senior Strategist at Resources Legacy Fund.

Joni Sliger ’17, is Energy & Environment Fellow for Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) in Montpelier, Vermont.

Erin Gaines ’11 is Advocacy Manager for KEEN Footwear. Prior to joining KEEN, she worked as Natural Resources Counsel and Legislative Correspondent for the Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. 

Rob Lothrop ’81, is the Manager of Policy Development and Litigation Support for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, where he has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing fish and wildlife measures in the Columbia River Basin.

 

Law firms

Katrina Krebs ’18 is an Associate at Beveridge and Diamond in New York City, where her practice focuses on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) issues, wetlands regulation, federal species protection laws, land use law, and litigation

Kacy Manahan ’18 is an Associate at Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich P.C in Princeton, New Jersey where her practice focuses on environmental law, administrative law, and land use and zoning

Haley Adams ’17 is an Associate Attorney with Modrall Sperllng in Albuquerque, New Mexico where her practice is focused on energy, water, environmental and natural resources law.

Cameron Jimmo ’16 is an Asssociate Attorney with Perkins Coie in Anchorage, Alaska where he leverages his experience as a former assistant attorney general with the Alaska Department of Law’s Environmental Section.  A member of the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources practice group, Cameron’s background includes managing a docket of compliance and enforcement issues.

Souvanny Miller  ’16, is an Associate with Hornecker Cowling LLP in Medford, Oregon where she focuses on municipal law, land use, civil litigation, family law and appeals

Stephanie Grant ’15, is an Associate in the Litigation Department at Tonkon Torp in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Mary Beck Briscoe, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Stephanie worked on a number of civil and criminal matters, including administrative, environmental, employment, civil rights, and Federal Arbitration Act cases.  

Matthew Preusch ’13 is an Attorney with Keller Rohrback in their Complex Litigation Group focusing on environmental, consumer protection, and government entity litigation. Before joining Keller Rohrback, Matthew served as an honors attorney in the Oregon DOJ’s appellate and trial divisions. During law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Michael W. Mosman in the District of Oregon. Prior to law school, he spent 10 years as a journalist, covering news for The Oregonian, The New York Times and other publications

Elizabeth Rosso LL.M. ’14 is a Shareholder with Jordan Ramis  and focuses her practice on environmental law. She has experience ith the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; natural resources conservation and protection under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and Endangered Species Act; and spill and release response. Prior to entering private practice, Elizabeth served for 14 years as an officer in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Kent van Alstyne ’15, joined the southwest Washington law firm of Phillips Burgess. Prior to joining Phillips Burgess, he was a staff attorney with the Pierce County Housing Justice Project. During law school, van Alstyne was a full-time law clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a law clerk for the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and a summer intern for a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. 

Laura Kerr ’14, is an Associate at Stoel Rives in the Portland, Oregon office. She works with issues involving air and water quality, waste management, chemical spills, land contamination, and other environmental liabilities.

Andy Erickson is an Associate with Landye Bennett Blumstein in Anchorage Alaska. His practice focuses on Alaska Native law, litigation, municipal law, bankruptcy, natural resource and appellate law.

Nick Lawton ’13, joined Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks in D.C. as an Associate in September 2015, where he is focused on cases advocating for protection of wildlife and natural resources. 

Adrienne Thompson ’13, is an Associate at Troutman Sanders in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Adrienne served as the 2014-2016 Energy Law Scholar and Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) Research Associate at George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C.

Paula Brosnahan LL.M, specialises in environmental, planning and resource management law at Chapman Tripp in New Zealand.

Gregory Adams ’06 is a principal of the law firm of Richardson Adams, PLLC. His law practice focuses on energy regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters, as well as natural resource and environmental law matters.

Paul Conable ’97 is Co-chair of the Litigation Department at Tonkon Torp LLP, representing both individuals and businesses in contract and investment disputes, government investigations and environmental matters.

Jeff Fereday ’80, is a senior practitioner in the natural resources, environmental and energy group at the Boise, Idaho law firm of Givens Pursley LLP, where he represents municipal water suppliers, industrial clients, irrigators, land developers, mining companies and nonprofit organizations in issues relating to environmental law, water rights, endangered species, wetlands, mining and public lands.

Alan Merkle, ’82 is a partner and former Chair of Stoel Rives, LLP.

Jerry Fish ’82, is a partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon, where he handles cases relating to oil and gas exploration and storage, hydroelectric project relicensing and compliance, and mining for gold, silver, copper, coal and industrial minerals.

Craig Trueblood ’85, is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Preston Gates and Ellis, where he provides counsel for a diverse group of corporate and government clients in the areas of environmental, land use and real estate law

James Martin ’81, joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. as senior counsel in June of 2013. Jim was the Regional Administrator for the U.S. EPA, and prior to that the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources under Governor Ritter.

Thane W. Tienson ’77 is a partner at Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP, focused on maritime and environmental law, but with extensive experience in employment, personal injury, and administrative law.

Government

Andrew Futerman ’18, Attorney Advisor at US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10

William Enoch ’18, Law Clerk, Washington State Court of Appeals

Kathryn Roberts ’17, Deputy District Counsel II at South Coast Air Quality Management Dist. (CA)

Lev Blumenstein ’17 is Assistant Division Counsel at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division in Portland, Oregon

Colby Stewart, JD LL.M. ’16 works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

Morgan Gratz-Weiser MSL ’16 is the Legislative Director of the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC).

Joshua Fortenbery ’16, is an attorney with NOAA: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

Governor Kate Brown ’85, is the Governor of the State of Oregon.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer ’76 represents Oregon’s 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cyndy Mackey ’86, Director of Office of Site Remediation Enforcement, EPA, Washington D.C.

Senator Heidi Heitcamp ’80, is a former U.S. Senator from North Dakota.

Amira Streeter ’13 is a Natural Resources Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown ( who is also an LC Law alum) 

Leah Feldon, ’04 Deputy Director, Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon

Ed Jewell LLM ’17, is Deputy Attorney General assigned to Public Utilities Commission for the Idaho Attorney General in Boise, Idaho.

Parks Gilbert LL.M. ’13, is the Endangered Species Act Litigation Specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Brad Grenham, United States Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor.  He focuses on public land law, water law, and natural resource damage assessments; Adjunct Prof. at Lewis & Clark Law School

Logan Hollers LL.M. is a Legislative Assistant at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nidhi Thakar ’08, Chief for Strategy and External Affairs, Office of President Picker, California Public Utilities Commission. Previously appointed by Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. She has also served as President of the D.C chapter of the Women’s Energy Network, Chair of the Energy Bar Association’s Renewable Energy Committee, and sits on the board for the Center for American Politics and Citizenship

Liv Brumfield ’13, works for Congressman Earl Blumenauer ’76 as his district representative on environmental, natural resources, energy, agriculture, and animal welfare issues. Prior to joining the Congressman’s team, she worked as a staff attorney at Advocates for the West, a public interest environmental law firm, where she focused on cases advocating for protection of public lands and wildlife. 

Margi Lifsey (Bradway) ’00, Deputy Director, Metro, Portland, Oregon

Kathryn Kempton LL.M. ’08, is an Attorney-Advisor at the Southwest Regional office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Ryan Anderson is Deputy Regional Environmental Counsel for the U.S. Navy.

Brett Curtis Shepard ’17, is an Attorney with the Resource Sustainment & Restoration branch of the Environmental Law Division, US Army Legal Services Agency in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Sean Thompson LLM ’17, serves as an Active Duty U.S. Navy Judge Advocate in the position of Deputy Environmental Counsel for U.S. Pacific Fleet, located in Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i.

Phil Schiliro ’81, joined Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as director of the Washington, D.C., office. Following the election, he served as director of the Congressional Liaison Office for President Obama’s transition team before being named as an assistant to the president and director of legislative affairs for the White House. In 2011, Schiliro moved from the Office of Legislative Affairs to a new position as a special advisor to the president, where he served through Fall of 2011. In 2014, he served a short period of time as the President’s Health Care Advisor. Currently, he is advising Grow New Mexico, a community development organization, and is Managing Director of Schiliro Barnett, a consulting business that focuses on nonprofit organizations.    

Peter Monson ’82, is the former Clear Creek County, Colorado Commissioner. Previously, he has served as the Assistant Section Chief of the Indian Resources Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before his retirement, he successfully litigated numerous and complex lawsuits involving water rights, hunting and fishing rights, land claims, mineral and oil and gas issues, Indian gaming, environmental issues involving Indian lands and natural resources, and defense of federal agency actions.

John Shurts ’83, is the General Counsel in the Legal Division of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, a unique Congressionally-established organization that helps the Pacific Northwest states make critical decisions that balance the multiple purposes of the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Aunnie Steward ’01, was hired by the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., through the honors program in 2003.  In 2006, she moved back home to Alaska to work for the U.S. Attorney’s office where she prosecutes environmental crimes under federal environmental laws.

Corporate in-house counsel and officers

Meredith Price ’13, is an attorney at Intel Corporation. Previously she was an Associate with Perkins Coie. 

Chuck D. Barlow LL.M. ’95, is vice president of environmental policy and strategy for Entergy Corporation. He previously served as General Counsel of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Dennis Treacy ’83, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Smithfield Foods, where he directs numerous company-wide efforts that have earned Smithfield a national reputation as an industry leader, particularly in the areas of environmental stewardship, animal welfare and sustainability.  He previously served as the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. 

Rob Greene LL.M., Senior legal advisor to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Council and the Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. Board of Directors.

Academia

Clifford Villa ’93 is Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches environmental law and constitutional law courses.

Tshering Dolkar LLM ’18 is a Lecturer of Environmental Law and Sustainable Development at the Kingdom of Bhutan’s first law school, Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law.

John Perona LL.M. ’16, is Professor of Environmental Biochemistry at Portland State University.

Juliane L. Fry MSL ’16 is Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Reed College.

Brandon Kline JD ’15, LL.M. ’16, Associate Director Environmental Programs, San Diego State University

Samuel Panarella ’98 is Associate Professor and Director of the Max S. Baucus Institute at the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law. He teaches Renewable Energy Law, Business Law, and Contract Law.

Daniel H. Cole ’86 is a Professor of Law and of Public and Environmental Affairs; Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow; Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Barbara Cosens LL.M. ’02 is Professor of Law in the Waters of the West program at the University of Idaho Law School, where she teaches and writes on water law and policy and on interdisciplinary methods in water resources.

Robin Kundis Craig ’96 is the James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City, Utah. Robin specializes in all things water, including the relationships between climate change and water; the water-energy-food nexus; the Clean Water Act, the intersection of water issues and land issues; ocean and coastal law; marine biodiversity and marine protected areas; water law; and the relationships between environmental law and public health.

Arlene Kwasniak LL.M. ’92 is Professor Emerita of Law at the University of Calgary in the province of Alberta, Canada, where she teaches and writes on natural resources, municipal, environmental, sustainability and conservation law and policy.

Park Tae Hyun LL.M., Assistant Professor of Environmental Law at Kangwon University in Chuncheon, Republic of Korea.

Kalyani Robbins LLM, is a Professor of Environmental Law at Loyola University Chicago.

Mitsuhiko Takahashi is an Associate Professor of Environmental Law at Toyama University in Japan.

William Shobe ’80 is a Professor of Public Policy; Adjunct Professor of Economics; Director, Center for Economic and Policy Studies, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at University of Virginia.

International environmental law

Vivian Fernandes LLM ’15 is a Compliance Policy Adviser for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.

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. 

Alexander Acosta LL.M. ’17 is an attorney with Macias Gomez & Asociados Abogados in Bogata, Colombia.

Stephen Yates LL.M. ’16 is an Associate Director, Tax Litigation, Advisory, and Settlement, at Deloitte.

Harsh Bhati LL.M. ’16, joined the Office of Additional Advocate General of the State of Rajasthan as Legal Counsel in Jaipur, India. He represents the Rajasthan Government in the Rajasthan High Court, Bench Jaipur on cases related to Departments of Forest, Mining, Environment, Petroleum, Planning, Law & Justice, Administrative Reforms, Statistics, and Finance.

Tanya Sanerib ’02 is International Legal Director and Senior Attorney for Center for Biological Diversity’s International Program to protect imperiled species and biological diversity worldwide.

Carl Bruch ’96 is the Senior Attorney and Co-Director of International Programs for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. where he draws upon his extensive experience internationally in helping countries develop and implement laws, policies, and institutional frameworks to effectively manage water resources, biodiversity, forests, and other natural resources.

Alice Stroud LL.M. ’96 runs the Africa Policy and Capacity Program of the Born Free Foundation.

Samuel D. Rauch III ’94 is Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs for International Fisheries for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Takamichi Sekine, LL.M. ’91, is a professor at the School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, where he teaches courses in the areas of Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law, Environmental Assessment. He is also legal adviser for Japan’s largest environmental organization, the Nature Conservation Society of Japan, and a member of the Environmental Center of the Japan Bar Association. He has pioneered ground-breaking environmental public interest litigation in Japan.

Additional information

Our reputation as the country’s preeminent environmental law school and our network of more than 1,000 successful practitioners in the field provide our graduates with access to an international job market.

Each year, the law school honors two to three of our alumni as “Distinguished Environmental Alumni.”  These are alums with at least 10 years of experience who have made significant contributions to the environmental or natural resources law or policy fields. More about our distinguished graduates

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