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    Our greenlight is focused on recent Lewis & Clark law school alum, William McLaren, who is currently clerking for the Honorable Magistrate Judge, Paul Papak, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. William focused on environmental science and chemistry as an undergrad at University of California, Riverside. He filled us in recently on his decision to go to law school and his experience at Lewis & Clark law school.
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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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    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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    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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    Lewis & Clark alumni marched in New York and Portland to draw attention to climate change. The march in NYC was expected to draw about 100,000 people, but many news sources estimated 400,000+ showed up. Read about their experiences in their own words…
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    Professor Blumm’s guest opinion in the Oregonian concludes: “In this election season, in which there has been so much made of alleged corruption, the litigation over Columbia River salmon stands as an exemplary example of the state of Oregon’s adherence to principle over money. Voters should take some comfort in that fact. Sometimes the state takes — and maintains — positions that make us proud that we’re Oregonians.”
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    Congratulations to Professor Chris Wold, whose panel on wildlife trafficking just received the 2013-14 Best Program award from the ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources! Congratulations as well to alum Chandra Middleton, who was one of
    the key organizers of the event for co-sponsor Environmental Law Institute.
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    Professor Melissa Powers, who is on sabbatical in Denmark and Spain this year, recently visited South Africa and was interviewed by Nina Oosthuizen for a story on fracking and renewable energy for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Professor Powers is the Director of the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School.
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    November marks my 20th anniversary at Lewis & Clark as the director of the environmental and natural resources law program.  As the adage goes, time flies when you’re having fun, and it has, indeed, been fun to be a part of this wonderful program.  A few highlights of some program developments over the past two decades include…
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    Professor Dan Rohlf recently returned from a sabbatical trip across the globe. During his travels, he found time to contribute to the “Sustainability Law” blog and reflect on the efforts and challenges of environmentalists in a variety of countries. He recently wrote an introduction to this essay on Sierra Leone describing the ebola outbreak which exploded just after his visit.
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    Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program welcomed Professor Richard Revesz, Lawrence King Professor and Dean Emeritus, New York University School of Law, to Lewis & Clark in the fall of 2014 for a series of discussions, class visits, and a public lecture on: Interest Groups and Environmental Policy: Inconsistent Opinions and Missed Opportunities. The law school also honored three of its distinguished graduates: Alan Merkle (’82), Kristen Fletcher (’98), and Grant Cope (’98), and awarded the Williamson Award to recent graduate, JJ England (’14).
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    Professor Michael Blumm has been actively involved in drafting two important amicus (friend of the court) briefs related to the public trust doctrine. One brief, filed with the Oregon Court of Appeals, challenges the privatization of Oswego Lake in a city just south of Portland. The other was filed in support of a U.S. Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari on behalf of five teenagers, and thousands of other young people, in a case demanding—pursuant to the public trust doctrine—that the federal government address global climate change.
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    We’re starting a new series of stories called “GreenLights”, where we will shine a spotlight on some of our amazing students in the environmental and natural resources law program. In our first GreenLight, Victor Reuther (’15) shares some of his background and law school experiences with us. In addition to his role as Editor of Environmental Law, Victor spent a fabulous summer on a Lewis & Clark externship in Delhi, India. 

     

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    Amanda (Mandy) Rude, a 2013 graduate from Lewis & Clark with an environmental law certificate, has just been hired into her “dream job” as the Environmental Crime Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of State- INL Bureau (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement).  The INL environmental crime team focuses on U.S. policy aimed at combating wildlife trafficking. Mandy’s role will be a mixture of collaborative program management and policy research on wildlife and environmental crime.  In addition, the team builds coalitions across U.S. agencies, NGOs, and international bodies to develop collaborative approaches to combat wildlife crime.
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    The Green Energy Institute (GEI) recently received a significant three year grant to continue its work at regional, state, and local levels to develop innovative policy incentives for renewable energy. Amy Schussler reflects on her first year as a fellow.
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    On April 21, Lewis & Clark Law School and the American Society of International Law’s Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group hosted a panel discussion and webinar on the topic of Realizing International Indigenous Rights in Domestic Law.
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    The Developments in the Public Trust symposium on April 10th brought together academics, practitioners and students to discuss the history and future of the doctrine. In addition to presentations by professors from around the country, there was time for discussion and exchange of ideas on how the public trust doctrine applies to the pressing environmental issues of today. A link to the recording of the presentations is available online, as well as the powerpoints and academic papers which will be published in Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law journal. Thanks to everyone who participated for making this a great event.
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    Jacob Duginski, Stephanie Grant, and Daniel Rottenberg are true winners. These students, along with their dedicated coach, Professor Craig Johnston, advanced to the semifinal round of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) this past February. The most valuable part of the challenging and invigorating experience was not making it so deep into the competition, they say, but learning how to effectively advocate before an appellate court and participating with fellow law students both at home and away.
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    Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum - March 13, 2015 - will explore a broad spectrum of food law and policy topics from the farm to the fork. Issues range from labeling and transparency to sustainability, urban agriculture, and food justice. Register online now.

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