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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

Prof. Lisa Benjamin webinar: Impact of Climate Change on Communities of Color

Join Lewis & Clark Law Professor Lisa Benjamin and the Clough Center for Part 1 of the Climate Constitutionalism Series: Impacts of Climate Change on Communities of Color in the U.S. and Internationally. Apr 15, 2021; 3pm Pacific. Register at the link below.

National Enviro Moot Court Team Advances to Semi-Finals

Lewis & Clark Law School’s 2021 environmental law moot court team of Alex Houston and Michael Benjamin Smith (both 3 L’s), and Haley Nicholson (2L), coached by Professor Craig Johnston, advanced to the semi-finals of the national environmental law moot court competition this spring.

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.

Matthew Campa Named Wyss Scholar

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Matthew Campa ’22 is the fourth Wyss Scholar to be selected from the law school. The Wyss Foundation is a private, charitable organization dedicated to western public lands issues, and its Scholars Program supports graduate-level education for the next generation of leaders in western land conservation.

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.

Take a Summer Course at Lewis & Clark Law - From your Home

Lewis & Clark Law School is offering summer courses via distance learning for 2021!

Alum Receives Prestigious OSB Environmental Award

Susan Jane Brown ’00 was honored by the OSB ENR section on February 11, 2021.

Earthrise Files Lawsuit Challenging Dams on Columbia and Snake Rivers

Earthrise Law Center filed an eighth supplemental complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon over the federal hydropower systems in the Columbia and Snake Rivers and the agencies’ failure to comply with the ESA and NEPA.