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    Lewis & Clark Law School’s LL.M. program is featured in this article by B. Xu posted on llm-guide.com regarding master of law programs with an energy focus.  
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    Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program has once again been recognized as one of the best in the country. US News and World Report recently released its annual rankings of top specialty law programs, and Lewis & Clark is ranked #2. In environmental law courses, students learn about energy law and policy, conservation of natural resources, sustainable development, global warming and more. Our passionate faculty, students, alums and staff are the heart of our program.
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    This Energy Wire news story by Ellen Gilmer (LC Law alum), discusses how a coalition of states determined to act aggressively to combat climate change despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement has drawn a side-eye from legal scholars who say the group risks treading on federal turf. LC Adjunct Prof. Jeff Litwak weighs in as well.
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    180 College & Univ Leaders Sign Pledge on Climate Change, including Lewis & Clark Interim President David Ellis.
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    In the ’80s and ’90s, Chuck Barlow started a long string of accomplishments in education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Mississippi College in 1984, a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1986, a law degree from MC in 1989, and finally, a Master of Laws degree in environmental law from Lewis & Clark College in 1995. The most recent entry on his growing list of accomplishments is earning the title of Mississippi College’s Lawyer of the Year on April 27 at the annual MC Law Alumni Dinner.
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    The Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program combined its 16th annual environmental law symposium with the law school’s 3rd annual food law forum which was held on April 7th. The forum, titled “21st Century Food Law: What’s On Our Plates?”, focused on food related issues and included panels on food labeling, food production and environmental/animal impacts, as well as food and health policies and ethics.
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    Prof. Blumm drafted and submitted comments to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke concerning his review of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon/northern California (June 12, 2017). Seven law professors signed the letter, including Prof. Powers and Prof. Rohlf.
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    Prof. Michael Blumm has been involved in an important case involving the public trust doctrine in Oregon regarding access to Oswego Lake (located in the community of Lake Oswego, down the road from the law school). The plaintiffs – assisted by Blumm - challenged a city ordinance that prohibits the public from entering the lake from three adjacent city parks, as well as a city policy limiting use of a city-owned swim park to city residents.

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    Lewis & Clark Law School alum Ellen Gilmer (MSL’14) of E&E news speaks on The Cutting Edge on the failure of the Senate to disapprove a methane rule enacted by the Obama Administration through a Congressional Review Act resolution. Gilmer discusses possible next steps going forward. Watch the video HERE.

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    Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School submitted its opening brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense. This case involves the jurisdictional battle over which court(s) should hear challenges to the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Craig Johnston and Jamie Saul took the lead in writing the brief, building on one that Allison LaPlante and Lia Comerford wrote for the Supreme Court on the same issue almost five years ago.
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    Prof. Blumm writes in this High Country News article that the expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument has been a gift to all Americans, and that while the timber lobby may want these lands managed solely for logging, the law, the facts and the opinions of a vast majority of Pacific Northwesterners do not agree.
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    Three of Lewis & Clark Law School’s programs have been recognized among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report: Environmental Law (#2), Part-Time Program (#11), Legal Writing (#12).

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    The Lewis & Clark Law School Environmental Law Moot Court team advanced to the semi-finals of the 2017 national competition for the 12th consecutive year. The team of Kathryn Roberts (3L), Amy Saack (3L), and Rachel Briggs (2L), coached by Prof. Craig Johnston, knocked out Vermont Law School and the University of New Mexico in the quarter finals. Lewis & Clark has won the national competition 7 times. Roberts calls it “the most rewarding experience of my academic career.”
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    Lewis & Clark Master of Studies alum, Ellen Gilmer, is a journalist with E & E news. She recently published an article analyzing the issues related to the Dakota Pipeline, and the impact of a memo from the Interior Department’s former top lawyer.
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    On January 23, 2017, Lewis & Clark Law School welcomed Professor Marcilynn Burke as the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecturer. During her visit at Lewis & Clark Law School, Professor Burke met with students and delivered a lecture titled “This Land is Whose Land?!?” The students appreciated hearing Prof. Burke’s journey as a lawyer, Acting Assistant Secretary for Lands and Mineral Management, and as a Professor. Prof. Burke’s evening lecture highlighted Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches, Woody Guthrie’s song “This Land is Your Land”, and analyzed the current conflict over Public Lands. A podcast of the event can be found here.
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    The election of Trump could cool the argument over who owns the West’s federal lands that, at its worst, has resulted in events like the Patriot takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, says Michael Blumm, a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.
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    Nawneet Vibhaw (LLM ’10) has continued to pursue his passion of addressing environmental issues since returning to India after receiving his degree at Lewis & Clark Law School.