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Distinguished Visitors

Distinguished Visitors Lectures

On October 11, 2017, Lewis & Clark’s Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law program welcomed Professor Dan Tarlock as the 30th annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor. During his visit at Lewis & Clark Law School, Professor Tarlock sat in on classes, lead our LL.M. seminar and our Natural Resources Law course, met with students, and delivered a lecture titled “Western Water Law and the Challenge of Climate Disruption.”  

Professor Tarlock, who joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1981, is an internationally recognized expert in environmental law and the law of land and water use. He has published a treatise, Law of Water Rights and Resources, and is a co-author of four casebooks, Water Resource Management, Environmental Law, Land Use Controls, and Environmental Protection: Law and Policy.

Professor Tarlock is a frequent consultant to local, state, federal and international agencies, private groups and law firms, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. From 1989 to 1992, he was the chair of a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council committee to study water management in the western United States. In 1996–97, he was the principal report writer for the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Committee. Since 2009, Professor Tarlock has been a member of a standing National Research Council committee to advise the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on future challenges such as climate change to their missions.

He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Stanford University, where he was an officer of the Stanford Law Review. He is a member of the California bar. Professor Tarlock is currently one of three United States special legal advisers to the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation. He teaches courses in land use, property, energy and natural resource law, and international environmental law.

Prior to the start of the lecture on October 12th, the law school honored several alumni as Distinguished Graduates: Carl Bruch (’96), Sarah Kamman Link (LL.M. ’04), and Brett VandenHeuvel (’05). The alumni also honored Tyler Lobdell (’17) as the Williamson Award recipient.






Pictured above and right: 30th NRLI Distinguished Visitor, Professor Dan Tarlock, meeting with student leaders, and delivering the keynote lecture on October 12, 2017.

Prior Distinguished Visitors include:


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.