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    Lewis & Clark Law School had a significant presence at the climate change negotiations in Paris (UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties aka “COP 21”) in December.  Erica Lyman, Clinical Professor and Staff Attorney for the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), and a group of four LC law students, along with numerous alumni, were actively involved in the proceedings in various roles.
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    Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon invalidated yet another federal plan for operating the federal hydropower system in a manner consistent with salmon recovery. The court threw out the latest “biological opinion” written by the National Marine Fisheries Service to chart a path for operating the federal dams to help recover salmon. The court also found that the agencies that actually operate the dams – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and Bonneville Power Administration – violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement on dam management
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    Prof. Powers weighs in on common law claims and class action lawsuits in this Oregon Public Broadcasting interview regarding the legal claims related to air pollution from Bullseye Glass in SE Portland.
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    Brandon Kline, a Green Energy fellow and Lewis & Clark Law School alum/LLM student, has been selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.
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    The Animal Law Section of the AALS awarded Pamela D. Frasch, Assistant Dean, Animal Law Program and Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, the inaugural AALS Animal Law Section Award for Excellence in Animal Law: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.
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    Prof. Blumm explains constitutional issues re: occupation of Malheur refuge.
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    The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) at Lewis and Clark Law School will have a delegation, including Prof. Erica Lyman and four students, at the climate change meetings in Paris (COP21).  Their work “inside” the COP focuses on supporting small island States.
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    Lewis & Clark Law School welcomed Rena Steinzor, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a founder and past president of the Center for Progressive Reform, as its 28th annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor. Prof. Steinzor’s public lecture, “How White Collar Criminal Enforcement Can Save the Environment”, argued for prosecution of individuals at corporations involved in criminal acts related to the environment, and addressed the related social justice issues.
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    Today, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP) that governs the discharge of 21 billion gallons annually of ballast water—laden with invasive species—to the nation’s waters.
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    Prof. Dan Rohlf  is quoted in this Seattle Times article about a controversial federal cormorant culling program under which federal agents could eventually kill as many as 11,000 adult double-crested cormorants and destroy even more nests in the estuary of the Columbia River as part of a plan to save native salmon.
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    Harsh Bhati, a new LLM student from India,  recently co-authored an article on Waste to Energy projects in India which was published in the Environmental Policy and Law IOS Press.
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    For the fourth year in a row, Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top “Cool Schools,” a list that honors America’s greenest colleges and universities. At number 9, Lewis & Clark is the only school in Oregon to be included in the top ten.
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    We recently heard from international LLM students Viv Fernandes (Australia), and David Marin Cortes (Colombia) who are gaining practical experience at the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C. this summer (thanks to Prof. Wold).
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    Professor Erica Lyman is in Cuenca, Ecuador teaching a two week Legal Practicum on International Environmental Law issues with 9 Lewis & Clark law students. This two-week intensive field placement is exploring international environmental legal and policy themes through the lens of environmental issues in Ecuador.
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    The Environmental and Natural Resources Law faculty published an amazing array of articles and books in the 2014-15 academic year. Topics included everything from an essay on “The Risks of Opting Out of the Clean Power Plan for Western States” to an article on “The Federal Public Trust Doctrine: Misinterpreting Justice Kennedy and Illinois Central Railroad “.
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    Joel Reschly – an “almost alum” - recently learned that he won the Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition organized by the Environmental Law Institute and the National Association of Environmental Law Studies. Joel is the first Lewis & Clark law student to win this prestigious award which recognizes student work that best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic of constitutional environmental law. The award comes with a $2000 cash prize and an offer to publish in the Environmental Law Reporter.
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    Lewis & Clark’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program is offering two online courses this summer: Wetlands taught by Prof. Craig Johnston, and Renewable Energy Law and Policy taught by Prof. Melissa Powers. Visitors and Auditors welcome. Contact Lucy Brehm at lbrehm@lclark.edu for more information.
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    Number one. That’s the spot Lewis & Clark earned in The Princeton Review’s ranking of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges and universities.
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    A recent forum hosted by the law school represented the joint efforts of three programs—Business Law, Environmental Law, and Animal Law—to highlight a variety of important areas included under the umbrella of “food law.” 

    Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum explored a broad spectrum of issues ranging from labeling and transparency to sustainability, urban agriculture, and food justice. The forum’s goal was to develop interest in and raise awareness of the food industry’s legal issues, challenges, business operations, regulations, and policy. Over 100 people attended the event.

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    Veronica Muriel Carrioni, a recent LL.M. graduate, has been hired as the director of the Environmental Law Department of the Law School at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, located in Bogotá, Colombia. Veronica met the professors from the law school during a presentation at Lewis & Clark Law School.

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