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    Just in time for the upcoming conference, Re-Energizing the West: The Western Clean Energy Future, we’ve put together a list of resources available in print and online to help anyone interested in this subject learn more about clean energy.
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    Professor Rohlf interviewed on Courthouse News, weighs in on ninth circuit decision on Sonoran Bald Eagle. The Sonoran Bald Eagle will not be eligible for protection under ESA.
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    From climate change to endangered species, renewable energy to water and air protections, 2017 has seen a dramatic and worrisome increase in the assault on science and the role it plays in shaping public policy. In the trenches of that battle is Dan Rohlf.
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    Professor Blumm - a nationally recognized Public Trust scholar -spoke at a recent Oregon State Bar Sustainable Futures section CLE on Climate Justice: The Children’s Climate Cases. Blumm discussed the landmark children’s climate litigation currently pending in Oregon and Federal courts, and recent developments in the Public Trust doctrine.
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    Oregon’s climate and clean energy progress has stalled. Only one small new wind farm has come online in Oregon since 2012, our wave energy industry is limping along, and we are on track to greatly exceed our greenhouse gas emissions goals. Our growing solar energy industry is at risk due to the pending expiration of existing incentives and changes to key solar programs. Unless we change course, by creating an administrative framework to guide and implement our climate and energy policies, we will cede our leadership to other states.
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    Melissa Powers is Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Her talk at Drake International Law School will over U.S. environmental law and policy as it relates to the potential impact of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. Picture taken from the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada website
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    Jonathan Lovvorn has authored several articles at the intersection of animal law and human rights/social movements, served as senior vice president and chief counsel for the Humane Society of the United States, and founded the largest animal protection litigation department in the nation.  

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    The environmental law program offers a three day seminar on environmental law for federal judges, in collaboration with the Federal Judicial Center. The seminar covers all of the major environmental statutes a federal judge might encounter on his or her docket, including pollution control and resource allocation statutes.
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    For over two decades, the environmental law program has offered several annual short courses on the Endangered Species Act for U.S. Forest Service and other agency specialists and line officers. The courses provide an overview of the ESA and important cases interpreting it, with special focus on federal agency consultation under section 7 of the ESA.
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    The lawsuit alleges that USDA and its Farm Service Agency (FSA) did not properly assess the environmental impacts including surface water, groundwater, or air quality. The suit also alleges that the FSA’s review did not meet the requirements of NEPA in terms of assessment and did not consider the growth of the chicken industry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and its environmental impacts.
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    The court case filed by children and youth ages 9 to 20 accuses the government of the United States with failure to protect the life and liberty of future generations from environmental disasters and civil unrest created and forecasted by climate change. Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School is one of the climate experts offering his take.
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    “Two Yosemites” world premiere will be held at Lewis & Clark Law School on September 15 and 16, 2017, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are free for L&C students, staff, and faculty with valid L&C ID at the event. General public tickets available now.
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    Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top 5 “Cool Schools” for 2017, an annual ranking that assesses 200 of North America’s most sustainability-minded colleges and universities. Lewis & Clark is the only liberal arts college on the West Coast to make the top 10.
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    Karen joined Earthrise in the summer of 2017 as our new Budget and Financial Administrator after a 3-year stint as Accountant and then as Contracts Manager at Moovel North America, a software company dedicated to facilitating mobility in urban settings.
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    LC alum, Ryan Hamilton, an attorney with Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, was recognized as a “Pittsburgher” shaping the legal community; “he provides the legal tools needed for those working to increase sustainability in Western Pennsylvania. He’s helped clients with public trail access issues, conservation easements, eminent domain, property disputes and more. Because of Ryan’s work, individuals have a say in their community’s future and development,” his nominator wrote.
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    Prof. Blumm drafted and submitted comments to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke concerning his review of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon/northern California (June 12, 2017). Seven law professors signed the letter, including Prof. Powers and Prof. Rohlf.
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    This Energy Wire news story by Ellen Gilmer (LC Law alum), discusses how a coalition of states determined to act aggressively to combat climate change despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement has drawn a side-eye from legal scholars who say the group risks treading on federal turf. LC Adjunct Prof. Jeff Litwak weighs in as well.
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    180 College & Univ Leaders Sign Pledge on Climate Change, including Lewis & Clark Interim President David Ellis.
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    In the ’80s and ’90s, Chuck Barlow started a long string of accomplishments in education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Mississippi College in 1984, a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1986, a law degree from MC in 1989, and finally, a Master of Laws degree in environmental law from Lewis & Clark College in 1995. The most recent entry on his growing list of accomplishments is earning the title of Mississippi College’s Lawyer of the Year on April 27 at the annual MC Law Alumni Dinner.
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    Prof. Michael Blumm has been involved in an important case involving the public trust doctrine in Oregon regarding access to Oswego Lake (located in the community of Lake Oswego, down the road from the law school). The plaintiffs – assisted by Blumm - challenged a city ordinance that prohibits the public from entering the lake from three adjacent city parks, as well as a city policy limiting use of a city-owned swim park to city residents.