Climate Resilience and Energy Transitions

Solar panels.

Climate change affects every area of environmental practice from water rights and biodiversity to the resources we use for energy and transportation. Practitioners working in climate and energy issues must be knowledgeable in critical modern climate crisis issues, including adaptation, mitigation, and climate justice.

Energy lawyers and policymakers play a crucial role in advancing laws and policies as our world transitions to a new energy paradigm.


The changing climate challenges our traditional notions of environmental and natural resources law and almost every environmental course at Lewis & Clark addresses aspects of climate disruption. Below are classes that are focused on issues relating to energy and climate.  

Alumni on the Front Lines

  • Danielle E. Profile.

    Attorney-Advisor for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of the General Counsel, Energy Projects section.

    With the help of Lewis & Clark Law School’s dedicated course offerings, caring faculty, and extensive alumni network, I landed my dream job, practicing at the intersection of federal energy and environmental law, equipped for success.

  •    Gloria Smith Profile

    Managing Attorney
    Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

    We are in a moment when clean energy opportunities feel attainable as well as equitable.

  • Ankur Tohan Headshot

    Partner, K & L Gates, Seattle

    My practice focuses on carbon management. The growing ground swell in the business opportunities, as well as regulatory mandates focused on sustainability, carbon emission caps, and carbon capture and sequestration present a wide array of fascinating and complex legal issues.

Doing the Work

Gain practical experience in climate and energy work through our on-campus clinics and institutes:

Earthrise Law Center Global Law Alliance Green Energy Institute