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Distinguished Visitors

On October 13, 2020, Lewis & Clark’s Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law program welcomed Professor Alexandra B. Klass as the 32nd annual Environmental Law Distinguished Visitor. Her lecture, titled “U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration: A Law and Policy Perspective,” was delivered (via webinar) to a wide audience of environmental law alums, practitioners, faculty, and students. This event is one of several that the environmental law program hosted throughout 2020 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Professor Alexandra B. Klass teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, tort law, and property law. Her recent scholarly work, published in many of the nation’s leading law journals, 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. She is a co-author of Energy Law: Concepts and Insights Series (Foundation Press 2017), Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing 2d ed. 2018), Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (Wolters Kluwer, 4th ed., 2018), and The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2017). Professor Klass was named the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010, and she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2010-2012. She was a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in 2015 and at Uppsala University in Sweden in 2019. She is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and in prior years was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law and the Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow.


Prior to the start of the lecture, the law school honored several alumni as Distinguished Graduates: Brad Grenham ’95, Tanya Sanerib ’02, and Lara Skidmore ’93 in memoriam. The alumni also honored Sangye Ince-Johannsen (’19) and Hannah Clements (’20) as the Williamson Award recipients.

Alexandra Klass Above: Professor Alexandra Klass


Prior Distinguished Visitors include:


Professor Sarah Krakoff

University of Colorado

“The Roots of Environmental Injustice and the Limits of Environmental Law”


Professor Dan Tarlock

Chicago-Kent College of Law

“Western Water Law and the Challenge of Climate Disruption”


Professor Dan Esty

Yale University

“From 20th Century Environmental Protection to 21st Century Sustainability: Evolving Law and Policy”


Professor Rena Steinzor

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

“How White Collar Criminal Enforcement Can Save the Environment”


Professor Richard L. Revesz New York University School of Law

“Three Stages in the Evolution of Environmental Policy”


Professor Jim Salzman Duke University

“Turning the World Upside Down: How Frames of Reference Shape Environmental Law”


Professor Hope Babcock Georgetown Law

“Putting a Price on Whales to Save Them”


Professor Jody Freeman Harvard Law

“The President’s Role in Environmental Law”


Professor Douglas A. Kysar

Yale Law School

“What Climate Change Can Do About Tort Law”


Professor J.B. Ruhl

Florida State University College of Law

“After Cap-and-Trade: The Climate-Forced Path of Environmental Law”


Professor Christopher Schroeder

Duke University School of Law

“Moving the 21st Century Environmental Agenda: Lessons from the Environmental Decade of the 1970s”


Professor Lisa Heinzerling

Georgetown University Law Center

“Climate Change in the Supreme Court”


Professor Robert Glennon

University of Arizona Rogers College of Law

“The Environmental Consequences of Groundwater Pumping: Herein Tales of Bottled Water and French Fries”


Professor Eric Freyfogle

University of Illinois School of Law

“Goodbye to the Public/Private Divide”


Professor Nicholas Robinson

Pace University School of Law

“Conceiving Laws for the Biosphere”


Dean David H. Getches

University of Colorado School of Law

“Water Wrongs: Why Can’t We Do It Right the First Time?”


Professor Robert Percival

University of Maryland School of Law

“Greening the Constitution”


Professor Zygmunt Plater

Boston College School of Law

“Law and the Fourth Estate: Endangered Nature, the Press, and the Dicey Game of Democratic Governance”


John Leshy, Solicitor

U.S. Department of Interior (1993-2001)

“The Babbit Legacy at the Department of Interior: A Preliminary View”


Professor Barton Thompson, Jr.

Stanford University Law School

“Tragically Difficult: The Problems of Regulating the Commons”


Professor Suedeen G. Kelly

University of New Mexico School of Law

“The New Electric Power Houses in America: Will They Transform Your Life?”


Professor Oliver Houck

Tulane University School of Law

“Are Humans Part of Ecosystems?”


Professor Richard Lazarus

Georgetown University Law Center

“Fairness in Environmental Law”


Professor Gerald Torres

University of Texas

School of Law

“Taking & Giving: Police Power, Public Value, and Private Right”


Professor Robert Fowler

Director, Australian Centre for Environmental Law

“Applying Environmental Disclosure Requirements Extraterritorially to Transnational Corporations”


Professor Carol Rose

Yale Law School

“Environmental Lessons”


Professor Harrison Dunning

University of California at Davis School of Law

“Current Issues”


Professor William Rodgers

University of Washington Law School

“Working with Scientists, Public Lands Acquisition, Other Recent Lessons from Washington, D.C.”


Professor Daniel Farber

University of Minnesota School of Law

“Reserve Mining and Judicial Review”


Professor James Krier

University of Michigan Law School

“The Critical Roles of Politics and Economics in Resolving Environmental Issues”


Professor Frederick Anderson

American University Washington College of Law

“Environmental Aspects of Recombinant DNA Research and Products”


History of NRLI and the Distinguished Visitor’s Lecture

The Natural Resources Law Institute (NRLI) provided a focus for legal scholarship at Lewis & Clark’s law school. The NRLI supported work by an annual research fellow, distinguished faculty visitor, and visiting scholars from around the globe, as well as faculty research. The institute has coordinated more than 20 educational programs dealing with natural resources law, several of which have been conducted nationwide. NRLI also conducts intensive, specialized environmental law trainings for federal judges, government agencies, and judges and lawyers in other countries.

NRLI cosponsored, with various student groups, a series of Environmental Colloquia at the law school, attracting local, regional, and national speakers on a range of topics. These colloquia were free and open to the public.

NRLI provided nearly all of the law clerks under contract to the Bonneville Power Administration’s Office of General Counsel. Students placed at BPA work on issues of fish and wildlife restoration, regional power management, environmental impacts, endangered species, and rate setting.

The Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program continues to provide these programs and events after the dissolution of NRLI. Our Newsletter provides updates on our program.