Coronavirus Information and Update: Fall 2021 Plans


LC’s Enviro Law Program Ranked #1 again by US News

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental Law Program ranked #1 by US News and World Report for 2022

LC Law students, Price and Bolte, surge to the semi-finals of the National Energy Law Moot Court competition

Lewis & Clark Law students, Meg Price (’22) and Chris Bolte (’21), advanced to the semi-finals of the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court (Energy Law Moot Court) competition in spring 2021.

Global Law Alliance/Nick Fromherz: fighting wildlife trafficking in Peru

Lewis & Clark’s Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (GLA) is engaged in a two-year project – in partnership with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative – to combat wildlife trafficking in Peru. As part of this effort, Senior Attorney Nick Fromherz conducted a comprehensive review of Peru’s current laws and policies relating to wildlife trafficking, generating a series of legal and policy reform recommendations.

Prof. Benjamin to discuss evolving corporate climate liability

The Environment, Energy and Natural Resources (EENR) Center at the University of Houston Law Center’s next webinar will feature Professor Lisa Benjamin, PhD., Lewis & Clark Law School, discussing “Evolving corporate climate liability - perspectives from the US and Europe.” Professor Benjamin will discuss climate liability emerging for companies, with a focus on oil and gas companies. She will look at corporate/climate legislation examples from the UK, and litigation in the US and the Netherlands, including the most recent case involving Shell.

June 17, 2021 at 10am (Central)
1 hour of CLE credit pending.
The registration link is here:

Susan Jane Brown, Alum and Adjunct Prof., Receives Prestigious OSB Environmental Award

Alum Susan Jane Brown ’00 is the 2020 recipient of the Oregon State Bar’s (OSB) Environmental and Natural Resources Section’s Annual Award for her leadership, service, and contributions in the areas of environmental and natural resources law.

Second Diehl Environmental Law Fellows Announced

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program announced the second four recipients for Diehl Fellowships. Three current students and one recent graduate were selected from a pool of applicants in February. The 2021 Diehl Environmental Law Fellows are Lizzy Pennock ’21, Kelsey Furman ’21, Hillary Fidler ’21, and Bridgett Buss ’20. Each Fellow will receive a $40,000 stipend for their work in public interest environmental law.

Alumni Work to Protect Pristine Alaskan Watershed

Three alums at Trustees for Alaska are involved in a battle to protect the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska.

LC Law alums, George Kimbrell and others, fighting for food safety and the environment.

Four Lewis & Clark Law alums are engaged in legal battles related to food safety - for humans, animals, and the environment - through their work at the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a nationwide nonprofit whose mission is to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture. CFS has won several important cases recently, thanks to the hard work of these alums.

Law alum, John Hairston, new CEO at Bonneville Power Administration.

LC Law alum, John Hairston, caps 30 years of hard work and experience at Bonneville Power Administration and becomes first black CEO.

Fall Law School Environmental News

This fall, we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Environmental Law program. While this year hasn’t gone in a direction anyone would have predicted, the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program and our students have adapted to the new normal and continue to press forward in the ever-changing climate of 2020. We have a mix of students, faculty, and staff on-campus or at-home, taking classes, teaching, and working. We’re pleased that our program continues to evolve, in part due to our expanding online offerings, and we are looking forward to the next 50 years.

Legal Petition Urges U.S. to Certify That China’s Pangolin Trade Violates Wildlife Treaty

Conservation organizations, including Lewis & Clark’s International Animal and Environmental Law Clinic,  filed a legal petition  urging the U.S. secretary of the Interior to formally certify China for illegally trading in critically imperiled pangolins. If certification under the Pelly Amendment is granted, the U.S. government can sanction China, including banning all wildlife imports from the country.

LC’s Earthrise law center files lawsuit to protect Maui Dophins.

Earthrise, and their co-counsel Sea Shepherd Legal, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sea Shepherd New Zealand and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society challenging the U.S. government’s failure to protect New Zealand’s critically endangered Māui dolphin.

Professor Erica Lyman quoted in National Geographic re: oil and gas project that threatens endangered animals and the environment in Africa.

Clinical Professor Erica Lyman, Director of the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment at Lewis & Clark Law School, was quoted as a legal expert in a May 21, 2021 National Geographic article regarding an oil and gas project that threatens endangered animals and the environment in Africa.

National Geographic Whistleblower Story Quotes Professor

Clinical Professor Erica Lyman was quoted as a legal expert in a National Geographic article regarding an oil and gas project that threatens endangered animals and the environment in Africa.

Professor Lisa Benjamin’s New Book Looks at Corporations’ Responses to Climate Change

Professor Lisa Benjamin recently published a book about the interaction between climate action and corporate law.