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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
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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.
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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 and 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.
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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.
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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.
CFS Legal Director and LC Law alum, George Kimbrell

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.

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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.
A baby pangolin. Pangolins are reported to be the world?s most trafficked mammal.

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.
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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!
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Alum Receives Prestigious OSB Environmental Award

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

Professor Benjamin Discusses Climate Effect on Communities of Color at ABA Webinars

Professor Lisa Benjamin is participating in a series of webinars the ABA section on Civil Rights and Social Justice is doing during the month of February in honor of Black History Month.

Professor’s Paper on Wolf Protections Cited by the New York Times

Professor Dan Rohlf’s interdisciplinary paper, co-authored with Carlos Carroll, Bridgett VonHoldt, Adrian Treves, & Sarah Hendricks, was cited in the October 29, 2020, New York Times article describing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to remove federal protections for grey wolves under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Earthrise Protects Salt Ponds in the Bay Area

Earthrise Law Center, at Lewis & Clark Law School, on behalf of their client San Francisco Baykeeper, recently won an important case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to protect salt ponds in Redwood City, California.
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Prof. Dan Rohlf co-authors BioScience article critiquing de-listing of gray wolf

Prof. Dan Rohlf is a coauthor of a recent article in BioScience critiquing the US government’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act on the basis of a claim that the statute permits a species to be declared recovered given the existence of a single presently secure population.

LC’s Global Law Alliance contributes to ABA handbook on fighting Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

LC’s Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (“the Alliance” - formerly IELP) worked with the ABA to produce a handbook analyzing legal tools to combat illegal wildlife trafficking in Latin America. In addition to writing the chapter on Bolivia, the Alliance helped the ABA think through the overall approach and priority topics.

Environmental Law Alums & Students Honored

Lewis & Clark’s environmental law program honored several alumni on October 13, 2020, in a virtual event.
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Prof. Klass - Distinguished Env. Law Visitor Lecture: “U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration: A Law and Policy Perspective”

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program welcomed Professor Alexandra B. Klass, of the University of Minnesota Law School, as its 32nd annual Distinguished Environmental Law Visitor this month. Her lecture, titled “U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration: A Law and Policy Perspective”, was delivered (via webinar) to a wide audience of environmental law alums, practitioners, faculty, and students. This event is one of several events the program has hosted throughout 2020 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
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Global Law Alliance Champions Wild Animals, Wild Spaces at Lewis & Clark Law School

Combining its nationally recognized expertise in environmental law and animal law, Lewis & Clark Law School announced the creation of the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (the “Alliance”). The Alliance is a champion for wild animals and wild spaces across the globe, working to protect animals and the environment through the development, implementation, and enforcement of international law. Law students (JD and LLM) actively participate in the work through two clinics within the Alliance.

Global Law Alliance Champions Wild Animals, Wild Spaces at Lewis & Clark Law School

Combining its nationally recognized expertise in environmental law and animal law, Lewis & Clark Law School announced the creation of the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (the “Alliance”). The Alliance is a champion for wild animals and wild spaces across the globe, working to protect animals and the environment through the development, implementation, and enforcement of international law. Law students (JD and LLM) actively participate in the work through two clinics within the Alliance.

Nawneet Vibhaw Honored as “Top 40 under 40” lawyers in India

Lewis & Clark Law School’s LLM alum, Nawneet Vibhaw, class of 2010, has been recognized as one of the 40 top lawyers under the age of 40 by BW Legal World (India). Nawneet is now a Partner at one of India’s largest law firms, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
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Jacqueline O’Keefe: a summer of firefighting and clerking

Jacqueline O’Keefe (3L), shared with us her experience as a firefighter, and clerking this summer for a federal judge.
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Lewis & Clark alums instrumental in historic gas pipeline case

Several Lewis & Clark Law alums, Ryan Talbott, Derek Teaney, and Ben Luckett, played important roles in a recent D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals case, Allegheny Defense Project v Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), overturning 50 years of precedent. Ellen Gilmer, is the journalist who wrote a Bloomberg article analyzing the court’s decision.

Earthrise Files Lawsuit to Save Māui Dolphins

On May 21, 2020, 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.

Inspiration, virtual activities to celebrate Earth Day

We welcome to the community to share and participate in virtual and in-home environmental activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - together while we are apart. #MyPlanetMyPledge #LCEarthDay
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LC alums and Award-winning journalist, Kelly House, is Bridge’s new environment reporter

Kelly House, Master or Studies alum from Lewis & Clark Law School, whose investigations into groundwater mining and other environmental challenges in Oregon won national honors, has joined Bridge Magazine to cover the environment, natural resources and conservation issues.

Professor Serves as Legal Advisor at the Convention on Migratory Species

Professor Chris Wold has played a vital role as a legal advisor to the Convention on Migratory Species’ (CMS) since 2014, advising on voting and other procedures as well as drafting resolutions designed to protect migratory animals. This February, Wold was in India as an advisor to CMS at the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP).
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“Now Is the Time to Revolutionize Our Relationship with Wildlife,” writes Prof. Lyman

“The information now in front of us regarding COVID-19 is not revelatory, but it should spark a revolution. Zoonotic diseases, those diseases that transfer from animals to humans, can cause pandemics. They can cause great suffering and loss of life; they can bring the world’s economy to a grinding halt, sacrificing untold livelihoods. COVID-19 has taken this exact toll—and, by most accounts, we’re only in the early stages of the fallout.”

Earthrise Settles Case Protecting Wild Salmon

On February 11, 2020, Earthrise Law Center, the environmental legal clinic at Lewis and Clark Law School, settled a case protecting wild salmon from a net pen collapse that released hundreds of thousand non-native Atlantic salmon into the Puget Sound.

First Diehl Environmental Law Fellows Announced

Lewis and Clark Law School’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program announced the first four recipients for Diehl Fellowships. Three current students and one recent graduate were selected from a pool of applicants in February. The 2020 Diehl Environmental Law Fellows are Audrey Leonard ’20, Jesse Caldwell ’20, Teryn Yazdani ’20, and Dani Replogle ’19. Each Fellow will receive a $40,000 stipend for their work in public interest environmental law.
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Earthrise Leads Efforts to Fight Proposed Changes to NEPA

Earthrise Law Center recently submitted extensive comments on the government’s proposed changes for how federal agencies must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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Nick Fromherz, staff attorney at LC’s International Env Law Project, speaks to enviro prosecutors in Peru

On March 10, Nick Fromherz, staff attorney and adjunct professor for Lewis & Clark’s International Environmental Law Project, spoke with approximately 100 environmental prosecutors in Lima, Peru. Fromherz was the lead speaker in a session focused on illegal fishing and fisheries crime.

Student Selected to Present Paper at Environmental Law Symposium

Sadie Normoyle (’20) will be presenting her paper, “Protecting Water Quality Through Tribal Treaty Fishing Rights: An Analysis of Idaho’s Fish Consumption Rate”, at the University of Arizona’s Next Generation of Environmental Law Symposium in April. The paper will also be published in the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy in the Summer 2020 issue.

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Maddy Munson Named Wyss Scholar

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Maddy Munson ’21 is the third 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.
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LC law alums, experts in environmental compliance issues, to present at Superfund 2020 symposium

Three Lewis & Clark Law School alums, including Leah Feldon (’04), Cyndy Mackey (’86), and Laura Kerr (’14), will provide expert analysis at an upcoming symposium on Superfund issues organized by the Environmental Law Education Center (ELEC). 

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LC alum, Kathleen Ho, slated to head Hawaii’s Office of Environmental Quality Control

LC Law LLM alum, Kathleen S. Y. Ho, is slated to become the next Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) in Hawaii. Ho has extensive experience in environmental law, having served as deputy attorney general in the Health Division since 1992.

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Michelle J. DePass Inspires at MLK Lecture

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr lecture was delivered by Michelle J. DePass, who inspired attendees to be agitators for environmental justice.

Lewis & Clark Celebrates 50 years of Environmental Law, 1970 - 2020

Lewis & Clark Celebrates 50 years of Environmental Law, 1970 - 2020

Lewis and Clark Law School was one of the first law schools to create an environmental law program. Today, celebrating a 50-year milestone, it is one of the most robust programs in the nation and has consistently been ranked by U.S. News as the Number 1 or 2 environmental law program in the nation.

Lewis & Clark and GNHRE Host Webinar on the Outcome of COP25

Lewis & Clark Law School and the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) are hosting the first webinar in the GNHRE webinar series on February 10, 2020 at 11:00a.m. EST on “The Outcomes of COP25-Implications for the Climate Vulnerable.”

This Alaska lawyer blends life and law as a tribal court judge and an Orthodox Jew

How does a Jewish kid from Philly become a tribal court judge in Alaska? Just ask Judge David Avraham Voluck. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Voluck has been practicing federal Indian and tribal law from his home base in Sitka, Alaska, since 1996, save for a two-year sabbatical he took to attend the Rabbinical College of America.

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Alumni update: David Marín Cortés leads environmental enforcement for the TPA

David Marín Cortés (LLM ’15) is the first Executive Director of the Secretariat for Environmental Enforcement Matters (SEEM) under the Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) between the United States and Colombia.

GEI Authors Petition for Oregon Diesel Emissions Regulation

The Green Energy Institute and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center co-author a petition to the state of Oregon to establish a cap on toxic diesel emissions.
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Environmental Law Symposium Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Landmark Decision

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission hosted a day-long symposium on October 18, 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Judge Robert Belloni’s historic opinion in U.S. v. Oregon.

The event coincided with a celebration of 50 years of the environmental law program

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Environmental Law Symposium Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Landmark Decision

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission are hosting a day-long symposium on October 18, 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Judge Robert Belloni’s historic opinion in U.S. v. Oregon.
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Prof. Erica Lyman is new Director of International Environmental Law Project

Professor Erica Lyman (’05) will lead Lewis and Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) as of September 1, 2019. As a staff attorney for IELP, Lyman has worked to promote consideration of climate change on World Heritage sites; served as a legal advisor for Palau and the Maldives during the climate change negotiations, including during the adoption of the Paris Agreement; crafted the legal arguments that eventually ended Japanese high seas whaling; and is currently working in 15 African countries on evaluating and drafting legislation to combat wildlife trafficking.
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Prof. Powers awarded Oregon State Bar’s 2019 President’s Sustainability Award

The Oregon State Bar (OSB) is presenting the 2019 President’s Sustainability Award to Lewis & Clark Law Professor Melissa Powers for her “contributions to the goal of sustainability in Oregon’s legal profession through education, advocacy, leadership in sustainable business practices, or other efforts.”

New Director for IELP Announced

Professor Erica Lyman will lead the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), taking over the mantle of leadership from professor and founder Chris Wold who served as IELP’s director for 14 years.
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Lewis & Clark Law School Receives $3.7 Million to Support Environmental Law Fellowships, Scholarships

Lewis & Clark Law School received a charitable bequest totaling $3.7 million to support public interest environmental law. The bequest, from Washington environmental activist John E. Diehl, is the second-largest single gift ever made to the law school.

Lewis & Clark Law School Receives $3.7 Million to Support Environmental Law Fellowships, Scholarships

Lewis & Clark Law School received a charitable bequest totaling $3.7 million  to support public interest environmental law fellowships and scholarships. This bequest is the second-largest single gift ever made to the law school.
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Prof. Lisa Benjamin, “Directors are in the crosshairs of corporate climate litigation”

LC Law’s newest professor writes: ” (…) Courts want to know that directors have considered all material information reasonably available to them, and the increasing impacts and risks of climate change to businesses mean climate risks and opportunities are now material.”

L&C Alum Tara Brock Joins Oceana as Pacific Counsel

L & C alum, Tara Brock, has joined Oceana as Pacific Counsel, based in Portland, Oregon. Brock brings with her more than a decade of experience and a diverse background in ocean conservation, not only as an attorney but also through community organizing, policy expertise and advocacy, and communications outreach.
Wyss Scholar Cooper Rodgers '19 (center) with students Maya Alvear and Thomas Premo.

Wyss Scholar Hosts Environmental Law Outreach Program for State College Students

Early this spring, Lewis & Clark Law School’s inaugural Wyss Scholar, Cooper Rodgers ’19, invited two undergraduate students studying environmental sciences at state colleges in California to visit the law school and learn about career paths in environmental law. “Getting Things Done: Careers in Environmental Law for Natural Resources Majors” was developed by Cooper and funded by the Wyss Small Grants Program, which is part of the Wyss Scholars Program.

Top grades for Environmental Law, Diversity

In the winter issue of preLaw magazine, Lewis & Clark Law School is given an A+ for its environmental law program and A- for Diversity.
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LC’s Env Law Program Rated A+ by Pre-Law Magazine

Lewis & CLark’s Environmental Law program is rated A+ and featured in the Pre-Law magazine: “Students can get key practical-training experience in the school’s Earthrise Law Center legal clinic. The school also boasts the International Environmental Law Project, the Green Energy Institute and the Environmental Law Review. “
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Prof. Benjamin Appointed to UN Climate Change Committee

Professor Lisa Benjamin, the newest faculty member of Lewis & Clark Law School has been appointed as a member of the Compliance Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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LC’s Environmental Moot Court team continues record of success

Lewis & Clark Law School’s 2019 environmental law moot court team of Ben Scissors (2L), Sangye Ince-Johanssen (3L), and Rachel Blackburn (3L), advanced to the quarterfinals of the national environmental law moot court competition. Ben won recognition as the “best overall oralist” of the entire competition.

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President Wiewel Calls on Higher Ed to Lead Climate Change Battle

President Wim Wiewel attended the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, where he and fellow college and university leaders made a public pledge to work harder, faster, and smarter to drive climate action forward. In an op-ed in the Portland Business Journal, President Wim Wiewel discusses the work we’ve done and the work ahead.
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Steve Brown (’89) appointed associate judge of the Montana Water Court

LC alum and Missoula attorney, Steve Brown, has been appointed associate judge of the Montana Water Court.
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Green Energy Institute: Millions Reaped From Renewable Energy Projects in Oregon

Renewable energy projects provided Oregon counties more than $120 million in direct tax revenue over the past four years and nearly $32 million in tax year 2017-2018 alone, according to a new study released by the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School (GEI).
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Hannah Clements Named Wyss Scholar

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Hannah Clements ’20 is the second 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.

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Ending the Hunt

An influential legal opinion published by the International Environmental Law Project could lead to the end of Japan’s high-seas sei whaling.
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Study Shows Millions Reaped From Renewable Energy Projects in Oregon

The Green Energy Institute released a study showing that renewable energy projects provided more than $120 million over past four years to Oregon counties.
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Professor Rohlf Cited in NY District Court Census Decision

U.S. District Court Judge in New York cited an article written by Professor Dan Rohlf in his conclusion stating the addition of a question asking about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census is unlawful.

Gov. Brown, Sen. Heitkamp, Congressman Blumenauer at Energy Transition Forum Feb 9

Energy experts gather at “Tomorrow’s Energy System,”  a one-day forum to address the hurdles preventing a quick transition to a zero-carbon energy future.

Professor Bill Funk of Lewis & Clark Law School weighs in on the effects of the Lucia v. SEC decision on Yale Blog Notice & Comment

Professor Bill Funk of Lewis & Clark Law School weighs in on the effects of the Lucia v. SEC decision holding administrative law judges as officers of the U.S. and not employees in Yale Blog Notice & Comment.
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National Jurist highlights LC law school’s new online LLM in Enviro Law

Lewis & Clark is will offer its LL.M. degree in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law through a distance-learning online option (pending ABA acquiescence).
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LC’s Environmental Law LLM offered via distance learning

Lewis & Clark now offers its LLM degree in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law through a distance-learning online option. The online LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law builds on the law school’s internationally recognized post-JD environmental law Master’s program, and is specifically designed for attorneys who want to more effectively practice in today’s global environmental legal issues.  Applications for the Spring 2020 Cohort are now being accepted.

LLM in Environmental Law Now Offered Online

Lewis & Clark Law School, recognized as having one of the best environmental law programs in the country, now offers its LLM degree in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law through a distance-learning online option.

Environmental Law Program welcomes visiting scholars from across the globe

This past year, the Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School has welcomed attorneys, scholars, and visiting professors and lecturers from around the world.
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Prof. Lisa Benjamin joins environmental law faculty at Lewis & Clark

Professor Benjamin is a globally recognized expert and scholar in energy, climate change, and corporate law—particularly as they intersect—and her expertise will allow Lewis & Clark to expand its curriculum, scholarship, and impact in areas such as international climate change law, energy transition, environmental justice, and corporate environmental and social responsibility.
Professor Lisa Benjamin

Lewis & Clark Hires Professor Lisa Benjamin

Professor Benjamin is the newest member of the acclaimed Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program and is a globally recognized expert and scholar in energy, climate change, and corporate law—particularly as they intersect.

Earthrise Secures Better Regulation of Industrial Stormwater Permits

Earthrise, Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental law clinic, is instrumental in settling a lawsuit regarding Oregon’s permit process for discharges of industrial stormwater.
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Powers speaks about Julianna vs. United States

On Oregon Public Radio, October 26, Lewis & Clark Law School professor Melissa Powers discussed Juliana v United States, the case of 21 young plaintiffs suing the federal government for infringing on the plaintiffs’ rights to a healthy, livable future.

IELP Contributes to the Success of the International Whaling Commission

IELP has just returned from Brazil where it contributed significantly to the success of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). IELP’s efforts began a few years ago when Professor Wold, working with IELP students, prepared a paper describing the human rights of indigenous peoples to whale for nutritional and cultural subsistence. The paper argues that there is a role for the IWC to manage those hunts.
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Earthrise Receives Precedent-Setting Ruling

Earthrise, Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental litigation clinic, received an important ruling from Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the D.C. District Court in a case which sought to require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to more closely regulate the adverse environmental impacts of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s).
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Lewis & Clark Law School Alums in Leadership Roles at EPA

Lewis & Clark Law school graduates are engaged in leadership roles in Environmental Protection Agency offices across the country, from Washington D.C. to Seattle.  Their roles range from overseeing hundreds of employees, enforcing federal pollution laws and addressing hazardous waste, to working on environmental justice issues. We recently heard from more than a dozen alums, who detailed their work and efforts (through many administrations) to fight for clean air, land, and water.

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Alumni Manage Environmental Resource Issues in Pacific Islands

A number of Lewis & Clark Law School alumni now hold legal positions in Pacific Island nations that give them responsibility over environmental, natural resource, fishery and tourism management. Here are brief reports from four alumni—including several recent graduates—that highlight the nature of their work and explain how their experiences at the law school paved the way for their careers today.

Professor Craig Johnston discusses Governor Kate Brown’s announcement of the Oregon Environmental Protection Act

Professor Craig Johnston of Lewis & Clark Law School discusses the significance of Governor Brown’s major initiative to combat the Trump Administration’s rollbacks to environmental protections at the federal level.
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Professor Erica Lyman of Lewis & Clark heads the legal consultation on US Fish & Wildlife Service project to combat wildlife trafficking in Angola

Erica Lyman, Staff Attorney and Clinical Professor for the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), is the lead legal consultant on a U.S. FWS project to improve the conditions to combat wildlife trafficking in Angola, as well as a separate U.K-funded project to train prosecutors, police, and the judiciary on combating wildlife crimes.

Green Energy Institute (GEI) invited to participate in Global Climate Action Summit

From September 12 through 14, climate leaders from around the world will convene in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. GEI’s director Melissa Powers has been invited to participate in these workshops, alongside top leadership from the CPUC, CEC, and CARB and other domestic and international practitioners, for a robust discussion on tangible progress, concrete actions, and best management practices for decarbonizing, financing, and managing energy systems.

GEI Director Melissa Powers Teaches at Kangwon National University in South Korea

GEI Director and Professor Melissa Powers spent two weeks in July teaching climate and energy law to students at Kangwon National University in South Korea. While there, she participated in a workshop on Korea’s efforts to reduce its use of coal-fired electricity.

Lewis & Clark Earns Top 10 Spot in Sustainable Campus Index

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has recognized Lewis & Clark as a top performer in its 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, making L&C the only baccalaureate institution west of the Mississippi to make the top 10. Lewis & Clark placed second nationally in the category of Investment and Finance.

Environmental Law Review’s Symposium Issue addresses Trump’s Impact on Critical Environmental Law and Policy

The new edition of Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law Review follows the well-attended symposium in April, titled “Environmental Law Under Trump,” which sparked a lively discourse regarding the Trump Administration’s actions in environmental law and policy.

National Wildlife Federation Hires Oday Salim (LL.M. ’09) as Staff Attorney

The National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center announced the hire of Oday Salim as staff attorney, which comes with an appointment as director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law & Sustainability Clinic. Salim comes to the National Wildlife Federation from the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, where he was the executive director and managing attorney. Salim is a 2009 LL.M. graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School.

Professor Blumm of Lewis & Clark comments on U.S. v. Washington concerning salmon habitat protection in tribal treaty case

Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School discusses the U.S. v. Washington case, concerning whether road culverts blocking salmon migration violated treaty rights on E&E News: Greenwire. The Supreme Court held oral argument on April 18 and eventually deadlocked, 4-4, affirming the lower court which upheld the applicability of treaty rights to habitat destruction caused by road culverts. (Picture credit: Flickr - hj_west)

Law Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark explains issues of Oswego Lake public access case on OPB

Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School explains the issues before the Oregon Supreme Court in the Oswego Lake public access case, argued on May 4, 2018 on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB).

Reducing Diesel Emissions: Green Energy Institute

Green Energy Institute shared expertise at a gathering on reducing diesel emissions in the Portland Oregon metro area and the state.

Strategy Professionals Join Centers for Green Energy, Animal Law

Two accomplished legal and strategic professionals join the Green Energy Institute and Center for Animal Law Studies this spring.

LC Law is training tomorrow’s environmental lawyers and sending them around the globe.

This preLaw article by Tyler Roberts highlights the many opportunities for Lewis & Clark Law students to get practical experience both in the U.S. and around the world.

Deconstructing Diesel Happy Hour a Success

Professor Melissa Powers and staff attorney Amelia Schussler from the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School and more than 100 attendees from government agencies, local advocacy groups, and concerned citizens packed the event space at Swift on March 21 to discuss strategies to reduce diesel emissions in Oregon.
Prof. Blumm's presentation at spring symposium

“Environmental Law Under Trump” symposium sparks discussion with large audience

Lewis & Clark Law School’s “Environmental Law Under Trump” symposium brought together academics, practitioners, concerned citizens, and students to discuss the impact of the administration on law related to Public Lands, Pollution, Climate & Air, and Biodiversity. The presentations and papers sparked a lively discussion with the large audience and led to a list of “action items” for follow-up.

LC’s environmental practical skills clinics recognized for training tomorrow’s leaders

LC’s International Environmental Law project, Earthrise Law Center, and Green Energy Institute are featured in the preLaw magazine for training tomorrow’s leaders and sending them around the globe.

Board of Trustees Votes to Divest From Fossil Fuels

The Lewis & Clark College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in the endowment.
Cooper Rodgers, 2L, Environmental Law Student

2L student Cooper Rodgers selected for prestigious Wyss Scholars Program

In early Fall 2017, the Wyss Foundation selected Lewis & Clark and its Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program as one of the first law schools to be included in the Wyss Scholars Program. Lewis & Clark is pleased to announce that Cooper Rodgers is the inaugural Wyss Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Sandstone buttes rise from the Valley of the Gods in Bears Ears National Monument near Mexican Ha...

Prof. Blumm’s OpEd in LA Times: Trump dismantling public lands protection

Prof. Blumm’s Op-Ed in LA Times: “The Trump administration, aided by a willing but slim majority in Congress, began to comprehensively dismantle public lands protections in 2017. The regulatory results were fairly astonishing. They amount to an unprecedented rollback of conservation norms that date back to Theodore Roosevelt, who made the preservation of natural resources national policy more than a century ago.”

Professor Michael Blumm foresees future issues in the dismissal of charges against Cliven Bundy

Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School interviewed with Washington Post on the dismissal of charges against Cliven Bundy and the possibility of future confrontations on public lands.

Nick Tealer (JD ’19), gains practical experience at Orange County Coastkeeper

Lewis & Clark Law student, Nick Tealer, externed at Orange County Coastkeeper in San Diego last summer. Nick said “Over the summer, I worked on multiple cases stemming from the Clean Water Act, while acquiring skills necessary to become an effective environmental attorney. It was beneficial to see the various stages that are involved with a Clean Water Act citizen enforcement suit ranging from the submittal of a 60-day notice of violation letter, to performing on-site inspections of previous defendants OCCK has settled with.”

LC’s International Env. Law Project helps trigger investigation into Japan’s whale meat trade

The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) at Lewis & Clark Law School prepared a legal opinion that helped trigger an international investigation to determine whether Japan is illegally trading in the meat of sei whales. Based on IELP’s legal opinion and other information, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took an important step toward ending Japan’s domestic sale of sei whale meat by agreeing to investigate Japan’s trade in sei whales.

Prof. Rohlf: Cooperative efforts to protect the sage grouse at risk

Prof. Dan Rohlf wrote an op-ed for the Reno Gazette arguing that the current administration is undermining cooperative efforts to protect sage grouse and their habitat without decimating local resource uses.
Prof. Wold with alums at Western Fisheries mtg Manila; l- r: Bubba Cook, ?03; Viv Fernandes, LL.M...

LC alums working in international environmental law: Update from Prof. Wold

Prof. Chris Wold, in Manila for fisheries meetings, sent an update on Lewis & Clark Law School alums working in international environmental law.

Earthrise Sues Cooke Aquaculture on behalf of Wild Fish Conservancy

On behalf of Wild Fish Conservancy, Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington against Cooke Aquaculture for Clean Water Act violations related to the near-complete structural failure of its Atlantic salmon farming facility in Deepwater Bay off of Cypress Island in late August.

Prof. Blumm and alum James Fraser (’17) comment on Crook County natural resources policy

Professor Mike Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School along with alum James Fraser (’17) weigh in on Crook County Natural Resources policy that would give local communities more power over federal land management.

Prof. Blumm on Climate Justice: The Children’s Climate Cases, An Update and Discussion

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.

Prof. Melissa Powers: Reforming ODOE Will Benefit Everyone

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.

Professor Michael Blumm to publish article entitled “The Trump Public Lands Revolution” in Environmental Law

In “The Trump Public Lands Revolution”​, Professor Michael Blumm and L.L.M. student Olivier Jamin contend that  the Trump administration’s efforts to comprehensively dismantle Obama-era policies  reflect an attempt to fundamentally redefine the public in public land law and policy, narrowing the focus of government concern largely to those producing commodity production, especially fossil fuels.

Lewis & Clark Law School newest member to prestigious Wyss Scholars Program

The Wyss Foundation selected Lewis & Clark and its Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program as one of the first law schools to be included in the Wyss Scholars Program.
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Prof. Blumm drafting amicus brief for Oswego Lake case in Oregon Sup. Ct.

Prof. Michael Blumm is drafting an amicus brief for the Oregon Supreme Court in the Oswego Lake case regarding the  City of Lake Oswego’s ordinance preventing the public from accessing the lake from adjacent public parklands.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaks with law professor and founder of the Green Energy Institute, ...

Goal of 100% Renewable Energy Focus of Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School Green Energy Institute

Re-Energizing the West Conference sparked a robust dialogue for a zero carbon energy future.

Professor Melissa Powers set to speak at Drake International Law School October 5

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

Environmental LLM alum Jonathan Lovvorn,’01, appointed Harvard Law School’s first Policy Director of Animal Law & Policy Program

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.  

Prof Rohlf leading field trip to Bonneville Dam (note photo was not taken during field trip with ...

LC hosts environmental law seminar for federal judges

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.
Janice Weis and Forest Service staff deep in discussion of latest issues related to the Endangere...

2017 ESA Primer Course for Forest Service Employees in Tucson

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.

Professor Bill Funk weighs in on administrative law claims against DACA rescission

Professor Bill Funk of Lewis & Clark Law School offers comment on Washington Post opinion article on President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA policy.

Professor Mike Blumm explains legal hurdles in shrinking Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

Professor Mike Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School explains why it would prove difficult for Trump Administration to proceed with shrinking the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southwestern Oregon. Picture from BLM Oregon.

Earthrise sues US Forest Service to protect California Condor in Arizona

Earth Island Journal provides deep analysis of the wildlife lead poisoning issue nationally, highlighting Earthrise’s case. The decision made in this case could provide a strong argument for other national forests seeking a ban on lead ammunition.

Professor Daniel Rohlf weighs in on Ninth Circuit decision to leave Sonoran Bald Eagle unprotected

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.

Earthrise Law Center represents Food & Water Watch in lawsuit against USDA on Maryland chicken farm

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.

Professor Blumm comments on case accusing the US government of failing to protect future generations from climate change

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.
Opera 9.15.17 event

Composer Justin Ralls discusses “Two Yosemites” an Environmental Opera premiering at Lewis & Clark

“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.

Professor William Funk, on OPB’s Think Out Loud, discusses challenges facing the City of Portland in the effort to appeal an Oregon Land Use Board decision on new fossil fuel infrastructure

Professor William Funk of Lewis & Clark Law School offers his take on current fight to appeal the Oregon Land Use Board decision to strike down the 2016 City of Portland ordinance to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure within Portland’s limits.

Professor Dan Rohlf interviewed on OPB’s Think Out Loud, explaining “God Squad”, efforts to exempt federal dams from ESA protections for Columbia Basin salmonids

Prof. Rohlf was interviewed on OPB’s Think Out Loud program on August 23, 2017, regarding a proposal calling for the so-called “God Squad” to exempt federal dams from Endangered Species Act protections for Columbia Basin salmonids.







Lewis & Clark continues to rank high as one of the greenest schools in the nation

Lewis & Clark ranked #5 as one of the greenest schools nationally according to Sierra Club’s annual “coolest schools” survey.

Sierra Club Names Lewis & Clark a Top Five Most Environmentally Responsible School

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.

Ellen Gilmer (MSL ’14) wins award for beat reporting on Dakota Access Pipeline

The Society of Environmental Journalists recognized LC alum, Ellen Gilmer (MSL ’14) as a top beat reporter for her stories on the Dakota Access Pipeline’s impact on tribes.

Professor Dan Rohlf quoted in The Atlantic article “How Science Can Survive Hostile Governments”

Professor Dan Rohlf of Lewis & Clark Law School comments on attacks to scientific integrity and conservation policies by government administrations and agencies around the world along with co-authors of a new paper in Conservation Biology.

Prof. Melissa Powers: Reforming ODOE Will Benefit Everyone

In this opinion piece, Prof. Melissa Powers argues that Oregon’s Department of Energy needs a new administrative structure to regain its status as a clean energy powerhouse.

Meet Our New Staff Member, Karen Russell

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.

Jack Jacobs (LLM’10) and adjunct professor Jon Norling found Gridshare

Lewis & Clark alum, Jack Jacobs (LLM ’10), and adjunct professor, Jon Norling, co-founded GridShare, a  new crowdfunding portal that allows investors to directly invest in U.S.-based clean energy solutions.

LC alum, Ryan Hamilton, recognized as “Pittsburgher” shaping the legal community

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.

Blumm comments to Zinke regarding Cascade-Siskiyou Monument

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.
Kosciuszko Bridge, NY; Kevin P. Coughlin/Cuomo's office

Adjunct Prof. Litwak, compact law expert, comments on states’ climate action

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.

Lewis & Clark Signs Pledge on Climate Change

180 College & Univ Leaders Sign Pledge on Climate Change, including Lewis & Clark Interim President David Ellis.

Chuck Barlow, LC alum (LLM) and Distinguished Grad is Mississippi College Lawyer of the Year

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.
A sign indicates restricted access to Oswego Lake in Lake Oswego.

Professor Michael Blumm – Access to Oswego Lake and the Public Trust Doctrine

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.

Craig Johnston Steps Down as Director of Earthrise

Professor Craig Johnston has stepped down as director of Earthrise law center, passing on the role to attorneys Allison LaPlante and Tom Buchele. As one of the original founders of the clinic, Craig’s leadership has been a great benefit to Lewis & Clark law school, the students, and the planet.

LL.M.’s with Energy focus: Lewis & Clark’s program highlighted

Lewis & Clark Law School’s LL.M. program is featured in this article by B. Xu posted on llm-guide.com regarding master of law programs with an energy focus.

MSL alum Ellen Gilmer ’14 speaks on Senate failure to pass CRA on Obama’s methane rule

Lewis & Clark Law School alum Ellen Gilmer (MSL’14) of E&E news speaks on The Cutting Edge on the failure of the Senate to disapprove a methane rule enacted by the Obama Administration through a Congressional Review Act resolution. Gilmer discusses possible next steps going forward. Watch the video HERE.

Prof. Blumm: Oregon’s Monuments Need Protection from Logging

Prof. Blumm writes in this High Country News article that the expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument has been a gift to all Americans, and that while the timber lobby may want these lands managed solely for logging, the law, the facts and the opinions of a vast majority of Pacific Northwesterners do not agree.

Earthrise files brief with US Supreme Court over WOTUS

On behalf of our clients Waterkeeper Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, and several other organizations (“Waterkeeper”), Earthrise filed their opening merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2017, in the case captioned as National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, et al.
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Earthrise briefs the U.S. Supreme Court on Waters of the U.S. rule

Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School submitted its opening brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense. This case involves the jurisdictional battle over which court(s) should hear challenges to the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Craig Johnston and Jamie Saul took the lead in writing the brief, building on one that Allison LaPlante and Lia Comerford wrote for the Supreme Court on the same issue almost five years ago.
Wake Forest Law School professor John Knox teaches international law.

Prof. John H. Knox - International Distinguished Visitor Lecture

Prof. John H. Knox of Wake Forest University School of Law spoke on the intersection of human rights and climate change at Lewis & Clark Law School in January 2017. Climate change has been called the greatest threat to human rights in the twenty-first century.  The rapidly warming climate is already contributing to floods in India, droughts in southern Africa, and typhoons in the Philippines, and is threatening to displace communities from the Arctic to the South Pacific. How can a human rights perspective help to combat its worst effects? The title of his talk, “The Implications of Human Rights Law for Addressing Climate Change”, addressed these issues.
Oregon Congressman and L&C alum Earl Blumenauer gives keynote address at the 2017 Food and En...

Food and Environmental Law Symposium Draws Crowd

The Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program combined its 16th annual environmental law symposium with the law school’s 3rd annual food law forum which was held on April 7th. The forum, titled “21st Century Food Law: What’s On Our Plates?”, focused on food related issues and included panels on food labeling, food production and environmental/animal impacts, as well as food and health policies and ethics.

Prof. Blumm defends the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion

In an Op-Ed in the Oregonian, Professor Michael Blumm argued that the “Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion is a gift to all Americans, the benefits of which will be enjoyed by both the present and future generations, and it warrants continued widespread public support.”
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“Around the Pier” with Samantha Murray ’03

Samantha Murray describes herself as having an “undeniable, inextricable, lifelong connection to water” that drew her to marine science. That connection means she’ll be in her element with an office footsteps away from the Pacific Ocean on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.

Lewis & Clark is the #1 Greenest Law School

Lewis & Clark has been ranked the #1 “greenest” law school by National Jurist magazine.

Earthrise Files Petition to Address “Zombie Permits”

Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School filed a petition today on behalf of the Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), and fish advocate, Bill Bakke, seeking to force Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to address the enormous backlog of administratively continued Clean Water Act permits, known as “Zombie Permits.” DON’T MISS THE VIDEO!

Earthrise: Trump Instructs EPA to “Review and Rescind or Revise” Waters of the U.S. Rule

Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School analyzes the impact of President Trump’s February 28th Executive Order instructing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to begin rulemaking to rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule.
2017 National Environmental Moot Court team (left to right): Prof. and Coach Johnston, Kathryn Ro...

LC’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Team advances to semi-finals for 12th consecutive year

The Lewis & Clark Law School Environmental Law Moot Court team advanced to the semi-finals of the 2017 national competition for the 12th consecutive year. The team of Kathryn Roberts (3L), Amy Saack (3L), and Rachel Briggs (2L), coached by Prof. Craig Johnston, knocked out Vermont Law School and the University of New Mexico in the quarter finals. Lewis & Clark has won the national competition 7 times. Roberts calls it “the most rewarding experience of my academic career.”
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Ellen Gilmer, MSL alum, analyzing the Dakota Pipeline issues in E & E news

Lewis & Clark Master of Studies alum, Ellen Gilmer, is a journalist with E & E news. She recently published an article analyzing the issues related to the Dakota Pipeline, and the impact of a memo from the Interior Department’s former top lawyer.

Prof Blumm: ‘’state has no legal authority to demand the federal government hand over its land”

Oregon House Bill 2365 would establish a task force to study transferring most of Oregon’s federal land to state control. Places like the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Mount Hood National Forest would move a step closer to being owned by a state already on the brink of selling public land. Prof. Blumm offers his opinion…

Professor Marcilynn Burke, former Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management for U.S. Department of the Interior, delivers 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture

On January 23, 2017, Lewis & Clark Law School welcomed Professor Marcilynn Burke as the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecturer. During her visit at Lewis & Clark Law School, Professor Burke met with students and delivered a lecture titled “This Land is Whose Land?!?” The students appreciated hearing Prof. Burke’s journey as a lawyer, Acting Assistant Secretary for Lands and Mineral Management, and as a Professor. Prof. Burke’s evening lecture highlighted Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches, Woody Guthrie’s song “This Land is Your Land”, and analyzed the current conflict over Public Lands. A podcast of the event can be found here.
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In LA Times op-ed, Prof. Blumm argues Obama’s monument designations are lawful

In an LA Times op-ed, Prof. Blumm argues that critics of President Obama’s monument designations are ignoring the history and scope of the act and the positive effects of monument designations on nearby communities.

Faculty Updates - Winter 2016

The Lewis & Clark Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law faculty have been very busy this year. Read all the updates here.
Prof. Wold and IELP law clerk Ashlyn White

IELP addressing important fisheries issues at Western and Central Pacific Fisheries meeting

The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) is in Fiji for the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). Fishermen catch more than 55% of the world’s tuna in the area managed by the WCPFC, but the WCPFC is failing to properly manage tuna and shark stocks. In fact, Pacific bluefin tuna is now at 2.6% of historic biomass.

IELP lays foundation for Malawi’s new National Parks & Wildlife Act (NPWA)

Malawi recently passed new legislation that gives courts the power to sentence traders of illegal wildlife up to 30 years of imprisonment without bail.  The new National Parks & Wildlife Act (NPWA) has already curbed wildlife criminal operations and put offenders behind bars.

Prof. Lyman serves as advisor at recent climate change meetings in Morocco

Professor Erica Lyman, Staff Attorney for the International Environmental Law Project, continued to support the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) as a legal advisor to the Maldives, which currently serves as the Chair of AOSIS, at the climate change meeting held recently in Marrakech, Morocco.

What’s the Worst That Can Happen to the Environment Under Trump? Prof Blumm helps answer.

The election of Trump could cool the argument over who owns the West’s federal lands that, at its worst, has resulted in events like the Patriot takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, says Michael Blumm, a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Environmental Law Distinguished Visitor, Prof. Dan Esty, gives public lecture at Lewis & Clark Law

On October 18th and 19th we welcomed Yale Law Professor Dan Esty as our annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor. Prof. Esty participated in classes, including our LLM seminar, met with students, and delivered a lecture the evening of October 19th at the law school titled: “From 20th Century Environmental Protection to 21st Century Sustainability: Evolving Law and Policy.”

Trump’s election, says Prof. Blumm, sends signal to Malheur occupiers

Trump’s election, says Prof Blumm, could signal to Bundy supporters that the country is not stacked against them.
Professor Dan Rohlf

Bloomberg Law talks with Professor Dan Rohlf about climate change and threatened animals

Professor Dan Rohlf discusses a recent appeals court decision which allows animals to be considered “threatened” based on climate change models. He speaks with Bloomberg Law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”

Greenlight on alum: Lana Le Hir ’12

Le Hir earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of California at San Diego and worked as a senior applications engineering lead managing the development of a wireless chipset prior to attending Lewis & Clark. During law school, she clerked for Iberdrola Renewables and has continued with the company, now called AVANGRID Renewables, as a full-time in-house contract attorney.

Earthrise Law Center celebrates 20 years

Earthrise Law Center, Lewis & Clark’s first environmental law clinic, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since 1996, Earthrise has represented citizen-activists and nonprofit organizations in virtually the entire spectrum of environmental and natural resources law, from protecting endangered species and ecosystems to preventing and reducing air and water pollution.

Student Commentary: Dayna Jones, 2L, writes about the Dakota Access Pipeline

Second-year law student Dayna Jones appears as a guest columnist for Jurist.org, a non-profit organization that brings legal news and expert analysis to the public.
USFWS/Courtesy of Chuck Graham; CSM article

Prof. Rohlf advises caution on delisting of Endangered Species

In this Christian Science Monitor article, Prof. Rohlf cautions about the need for “real, biological recovery rather than public relations recovery” before delisting Endangered Species.

Prof. Blumm discusses constitutional issues in Malheur case

Oregon Public Broadcasting reporters Conrad Wilson and Amanda Peacher talk to Lewis & Clark Law professor Michael Blumm regarding some of the constitutional issues raised by Ammon Bundy and the other occupiers of the Malheur refuge. Starting at 10:52 mins.

Prof Melissa Powers: The Past and Future of Energy Law

The energy system in the United States is undergoing a major transformation. What does that mean for energy law and those practicing it? Prof. Melissa Powers, the founder and director of Lewis & Clark’s Green Energy Institute discusses the United States’ remarkably changing energy system and our LC alumni who practice energy law.

Lewis & Clark faculty and students in South Africa at CITES

Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) is in South Africa for negotiations relating to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Professors Chris Wold and Erica Lyman, along with 4 students, are advising governments and non-governmental organizations on strategies for protecting African elephants, white rhinos, tigers, and sharks.

Prof. Blumm weighs in on treaty fishing rights case involving road culverts

Prof. Blumm was interviewed for this story in Crosscut Magazine about the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the U.S. v. Washington treaty fishing rights case involving road culverts. A unanimous three-judge panel held that the culverts violate federal treaties signed with Washington tribes, and orders the state to replace its worst salmon-killing culverts that block passage upstream for the fish.

Prof. Rohlf quoted regarding challenge to critical habitat designation

Prof. Rohlf quoted in article regarding challenge by the timber industry to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl.
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Prof. Blumm quoted in WSJ article about Malheur occupation

Prof. Michael Blumm is quoted in this WSJ article about the prosecution of the occupiers of the Malheur federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

LC alum Leah Feldon named Deputy Director of Oregon’s DEQ

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission confirmed Leah Feldon (’04) as DEQ deputy director.

Earthrise Law Center opens office in California’s bay area

Earthrise Law Center, one of the law school’s legal clinics, has opened a satellite office in the San Francisco bay area and hired staff attorney Nina Robertson to oversee it. Earthrise also has a satellite office in Boston, MA.

Law profs - including Prof. Funk and Prof. Blumm - issue takedown of decision striking fracking rule

Dozens of law professors - including Prof. Funk and Prof. Blumm from Lewis & Clark -  banded together this week to assail a federal court’s recent decision striking down the Obama administration’s hydraulic fracturing rule. The Environment and Energy reporter is LC alum, Ellen Gilmer.

Summer Extern Chillemi Joins Attorney Rohlf at the Table for Oral Argument on Cormorant Culling

Earthrise Attorney and Professor Dan Rohlf and Summer Extern Tessa Chillemi gave oral argument Wednesday August 3, in front of Judge Simon of the Federal District Court of Oregon.

For Fly-Fisher Mark Tuai, Environmentalism and Sport Inextricably Intertwined

Mark Tuai gains real world experience being around a team of extraordinary attorneys dedicated to improving the environment.

Greenlight on alum, Jenny Loda: Profile of a Protector

Jenny Loda ’12 is a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity in Oakland, California, where she works to protect rare amphibians and reptiles across the country. 

Travel Log Part 1: Dan Rohlf Teaches Environmental Law in South Korea for the Summer

Teaching in Korea: Installment 1 Attorney and Earthrise Faculty Dan Rohlf teaches a three-week summer school class, Comparative Environmental Law, at Kangwon National University Law School in Chuncheon, South Korea.

Earthrise clinic professor Dan Rohlf discusses lawsuit against FEMA

Dan Rohlf, Professor of Law and a Founding Member of Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School, discusses the changes FEMA must make to its flood insurance program to protect riparian areas crucial for wildlife – especially salmon.

Harsh Bhati reports from international environmental law practicum in Ecuador

Harsh Bhati (LLM ’16) reports from the international environmental law practicum led by Prof. Lyman in Ecuador.

Earthrise law clinic: EPA Must Update Toxic Pollutant Water Quality Standards for Oregon

On behalf of Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), Earthrise has successfully resolved a lawsuit compelling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promulgate new water quality standards for the State of Oregon for three toxic pollutants: aluminum, cadmium, and copper.

Prof. Funk weighs in on jury trial request in Oregon Clean Water Act case

Prof. Funk weighs in on farmer’s request for jury trial in Clean Water Act case in Oregon.

Greenlight on: Note from a former student to Prof. Blumm

Prof. Blumm recently received the kind of note that reminds you why you became a professor to begin with. One of his former students, Sarah Kamman (LLM ’04), is now Vice President & General Counsel for Pacific Power. She was actively involved in negotiations regarding the future of the four mainstem Klamath river dams, which resulted in the signing of the amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement on April 6, 2016. She recently wrote Prof. Blumm to share the news and to tell him the impact he had on her work:

LC’s Earthrise law clinic and Prof. Rohlf win latest battle in ongoing struggle to protect salmon

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
Keith Kreuz, a brine shrimp fisherman whose business has been hurt by the sharp decline in Lake A...

The death of a unique Oregon lake (OPINION)

Prof Blumm and Viki Nadol (alum) wrote an op-ed on how Lake Abert, Oregon’s only saltwater lake, which supplied habitat for some 3 million migratory shorebirds and supported a commercial brine shrimp fishery, is now dying from a lack of water..

Kids can sue government over climate change: Professor Michael Blumm discusses the case

A lawsuit was recently lodged by youth plaintiffs against the federal government for failing to regulate greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. In an interview with Michael Castner on KXL-FM radio,Professor Michael Blumm explains the reasoning of the magistrate judges’ decision to uphold the standing and claims.

Prof. Powers discusses legal claims related to air pollution in S.E. Portland

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.

Faculty, students and alums actively involved in Paris climate negotiations

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.

Brandon Kline selected as Presidential Leadership Scholar

Brandon Kline, a Green Energy fellow and Lewis & Clark Law School alum/LLM student, has been selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Greenlight on recent alum, Haley Blake (MSL ’15)

Haley Blake just completed her Master of Studies (MSL) degree at LC and landed her dream job working with the Nestucca, Neskowin & Sand Lake Watersheds Council. While at LC she worked on the Oregon Coast Coho Recovery Plan while externing with NOAA and the Wild Salmon Center.
Nawneet Vibhaw - remarks at water law conference jointly organized with Lewis & Clark.

International LLM alum, Nawneet Vibhaw - an environmental champion in India

Nawneet Vibhaw (LLM ’10) has continued to pursue his passion of addressing environmental issues since returning to India after receiving his degree at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Environmental, Energy law remain strong for hiring

Associate Dean Janice Weis is quoted in this National Jurist news story regarding hiring trends in environmental and energy law.

IELP students and profs in Geneva for Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

The Law School’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) recently returned from Geneva where it participated in negotiations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from January 11-15.

Pamela Frasch Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

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.

International LLM alum, Veronica Muriel, working at Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Veronica Muriel, LLM alum, talks about her time at Lewis & Clark as an international LLM student, and about working at Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prof. Blumm explains constitutional issues re: occupation of Malheur refuge

Prof. Blumm explains constitutional issues re: occupation of Malheur refuge.

Greenlight on “almost alum” Josh Fortenbery (3L)

Our “greenlight” is focused on “almost alum” Josh Fortenbery (3L), who was recently hired as an Honors Attorney with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington D.C.

Prof. Rohlf interviewed for Newsweek story on ESA enforcement

Prof. Dan Rohlf is quoted extensively in a recent Newsweek article related to enforcement under the Endangered Species Act:  “I think that clearly some, or perhaps the majority of the decline [in jeopardy findings] we’ve seen over the years stems from federal agencies and government taking more creative interpretations of the Endangered Species Act that diminish protections of endangered species,” 





 

Prof. Wold’s analysis of Trans-Pacific Partnership shared with Congress

In a new analysis, Empty Promises and Missed Opportunities: An Assessment of the Environmental Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Professor Chris Wold, Director of Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project, concludes that the TPP’s environmental provisions are weak and unlikely to address the problems of illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, and other environmental concerns. Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) distributed his analysis to members of Congress, calling it a “thorough and thoughtful report”.
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Brett VandenHeuvel, LC alum, receives OSB leadership award

Brett VandenHeuvel, Lewis & Clark Law alum and Columbia Riverkeeper executive director and attorney, received the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resource Section’s annual Leadership and Service Award on Thursday, Dec. 10.

GEI releases new report: Countdown to 2050: Sharpening Oregon’s Climate Action Tools

The Green Energy Institute has just released a new report entitled Countdown to 2050: Sharpening Oregon’s Climate Action Tools, which warns that current voluntary efforts alone will not enable Oregon to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The lead authors of this report are GEI’s staff attorney, Amelia Schlusser (JD ’13, LL.M ’14), our LL.M Energy Fellow, Andrea Lang (JD ’15), and Professor Melissa Powers. GEI also had great help from a recent JD grad Celina Bonugli (’14) and recent LL.M grad Socratesse Djemba (’15).







Landsat photo, from circa 2000. Generated via [1] from NASA data

Earthrise Law Center helps protect Chesapeake Bay clean water plan

“When Craig Johnston, Director of the Earthrise Law Center, a law clinic at Portland, Oregon’s Lewis and Clark Law School, heard about the American Farm Bureau Federation group’s continuing efforts to derail the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, he decided to get involved”…

Prof. Erica Lyman and students in Paris for climate change meetings

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.

Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. “A Blast from the Past: The Public Trust Doctrine and its Growing Threat to Private Property”.

The Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr., of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,  delivered the 3rd Annual James L. Huffman lecture in honor of the Western Resources Legal Center on November 4, 2015  at Lewis & Clark Law School to an audience of students, academics, practitioners, and the general public. The talk was titled “A Blast from the Past: The Public Trust Doctrine and its Growing Threat to Private Property”. The lecture addressed the interaction of public trust principles with conventional water rights law, and posed questions for the audience to consider as states like California deal with extensive drought conditions.

Prof. Steinzor: “How White Collar Criminal Enforcement Can Save the Environment”

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.
The Freshwater Trust?s President Joe Whitworth on the Deschutes River. (Photo by Heidi Hoffman / ...

Greenlight on Alum: Joe Whitworth, President of The Freshwater Trust

Joe Whitworth, President of The Freshwater Trust, and Lewis & Clark Law school alum, recently published Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy. This Greenlight on Alum story focuses on the “quantified” conservation approach, and the enduring influence on Joe of his Lewis & Clark law professors.
Invasive Zebra Mussel

Earthrise Wins Huge Case Against EPA Over Ballast Water

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.

Prof. Rohlf weighs in on controversial federal cormorant culling program

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.

Harsh Bhati, new LLM student from India, co-authors article on Waste to Energy projects

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.

Prof. Powers involved in policy paper regarding the Clean Power Plan

Prof. Powers, along with other legal scholars, put together a policy paper for the Center for Progressive Reform regarding the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The authors offer their unique perspectives on what to watch for in the final rule this summer and what states should do to achieve the most from EPA’s ambitious Clean Power Plan.

International LLM students gaining practical experience in D.C. this summer

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).

Prof. Lyman and LC law students in Cuenca, Ecuador

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.

Emma Bruden, 3L, receives scholarship for commitment to natural resources law

Emma Bruden, a third year law student at Lewis & Clark law school, received a generous tuition scholarship through the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) in recognition of her commitment to natural resources law and her potential to make significant contributions to the field.

Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Faculty Scholarship 2014-15

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 “.

Greenlight on Joel Reschly (’15)- wins prestigious ELI writing award.

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.

LC is offering two online environmental law courses this summer

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.
L-R: Professor Nicholas Fromherz, Brett Kenney, Professor Walter R. Echo-Hawk.

Lewis & Clark Law Hosts Event on International Indigenous Rights

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.
Lewis & Clark's bike-friendly campus includes a bike room at one of the school's LE...

LC is “greenest” college in the United States

Number one. That’s the spot Lewis & Clark earned in The Princeton Review’s ranking of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges and universities.
Prof. Michael Blumm discusses the Public Trust doctrine, the Lake Oswego lake case, and the amicu...

Public Trust symposium brings together academics, practitioners and students

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.

Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum

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.

L&C takes 1st place in the Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition

This year Lewis & Clark had exciting results in the Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition that took place recently.  After the first day of negotiating three rounds, both teams, Kara Tebeau and Andrea Lang, along with Anna Sagatelova and Allison Melgaard, advanced to the second day with Lewis & Clark placing first in the competition. Congraulations to the team and their coach, Jake Bush.
Daniel Rottenberg, Jacob Duginski, Stephanie Grant, and Professor Craig Johnston.

L&C’s Environmental Moot Court Team Succeeds on all Counts

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.
Mural by Larry Kangas (used with permission)

Eat, Pray Law- a food forum at LC law school

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.

Greenlight on recent LL.M. alumna Veronica Carrioni

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.

The Green Energy Institute Releases Policy Report on Least-Risk Utility Resource Planning

The Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School issued a report titled, “A Safe Bet: How Least-Risk Resource Planning Can Pave the Way for Renewable Energy.” The report discusses how utility resource planning rules that focus on procuring the lowest-cost resource mix may inadvertently encourage risky investments in fossil fuel-fired electricity resources, and recommends that states reduce ratepayer exposure to risk by adopting least-risk.

resource planning policies.

Professor Nick Fromherz and son by the Rio Espiritu Santo in Bolivia

Professor Nick Fromherz leads conflict resolution workshop in Bolivia

Visiting Assistant Professor Nick Fromherz is leading a workshop in Bolivia focused on environmental conflict-resolution in the Bolivian Amazon (in a region known as “Chapare”).
Lia Comerford in her Earthrise office in Wood Hall, Lewis & Clark Law School

Greenlight shines on Lia Comerford, Earthrise fellow and recent LC alum

Our “greenlight” is focused on recent alum, and Earthrise fellow, Lia Comerford. Lia was featured in a recent story “Judge Tells Six Flags to Look Harder” about a hearing in federal court in L.A. regarding discovery issues in a Clean Water Act case involving Six Flags Magic Mountain’s stormwater discharges into the Santa Clara river.

Prof. Ryan on EPA’s authority re: state greenhouse gas plans

A recent Climate Daily News story features Professor Ryan’s analysis of EPA authority regarding state greenhouse gas plans. States are facing competing pressures over whether to submit plans to comply with EPA’s proposed standards to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the power sector, with many in the industry urging states to submit plans or risk strict federal mandates, while conservative critics are urging states to ignore the requirement in a bid to test the agency’s uncertain federal implementation plan (FIP) authority. Lewis & Clark Professor Erin Ryan says EPA’s FIP authority might help save the GHG rule from legal challenge since it can be used as an alternative to withholding states’ highway funds if they fail to submit SIPs.

Electricity Essentials: Lewis & Clark Law School CLE Available Online

Lewis & Clark Law School Professor and Director of the Green Energy Institute, Melissa Powers, is presenting Electricity Essentials: Renewables, Utilities & Transmission. This course - approved for seven CLE credits in Oregon - provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. electricity supply and will address key components of the energy regulatory system, important to anyone seeking a better understanding of the electricity system in the United States.

LC’s Green Energy Institute staff and students participate in Idaho conference

LC’s Green Energy Institute staff and students participate in Idaho conference

Greenlight shines on recent alum, William McLaren

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.

IELP assisting Malawi with review of wildlife legislation

Lewis & Clark’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) has been hired as a partner organization to conduct a comprehensive review of Malawi’s wildlife legislation and to make recommendations for amendment to ensure that the legislation reflects current international standards for wildlife legislation.  IELP will evaluate the legislation using criteria agreed by the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and using the new Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit produced by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).

LC alums participate in Climate Marches in NYC and Portland

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…
Prof. Wold (far right) at the Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Migratory Species i...

Prof. Wold: Legal Advisor to the Conference on Migratory Species

Professor Chris Wold spent his sabbatical this fall in Bonn, Germany with the Secretariat for the  Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the only treaty focusing on migratory species. In November, he attended the Conference of the Parties in Quito, Equador and provided legal advice to the Secretariat and the 120 governments participating in the CMS..
An osprey watches over a fish ladder at Bonneville Dam. Fish ladders allow adult salmon to migrat...

Salmon are flourishing because of judge’s orders: Prof. Blumm’s guest opinion

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.”

Prof Chris Wold- Wildlife trafficking panel receives ABA award

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.

Professor Powers in South Africa - interviewed by SA Broadcasting Corp.

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.

Environmental and Natural Resources Law program- fall e-newsletter

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law program has published its fall e-newsletter. Check out all the stories and updates….
Associate Dean Janice Weis at the Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite where she presented on...

Associate Dean Janice Weis: reflections on 20 years as Director of the Environmental Law Program

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…
Professor Dan Rohlf pounding palm oil seeds in Sierra Leone.

Up Close and Personal with Prof. Dan Rohlf - Sierra Leone: hope and a dose of reality

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.

LC welcomes Distinguished Visitor Prof. Richard Revesz, and honors Distinguished Grads

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).
Professor Blumm with the presidential pen used to sign the original Wilderness Act into law; take...

Professor Michael Blumm: Protecting the Public Trust Doctrine

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.

Prof. Powers comments on EPA’s struggle to regulate “upset emissions”

Professor Melissa Powers-  winner of the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012 - was quoted recently in a Greenwire article detailing EPA’s struggles to regulate emissions during equipment malfunctions or plant startups or shutdowns.  Powers stated that EPA “effectively created the category of upset emissions as ‘excuses’ for permit holders….
Victor Reuther (middle) with new friends at Bhagsu Falls, India

GreenLight on Victor Reuther, editor of Environmental Law journal

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. 

 

Mandy Rude (’13) lands her dream job thanks to IELP experience

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.

Lewis & Clark’s LLM and MSL program welcomes students from around the world

Lewis & Clark’s LLM and Master of Studies programs continue to attract students from around the world. This year we have students from, Cameroon, the Congo, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Israel (via Michigan), Colombia, China, and Australia as well as New York, Boston, New Orleans and more….please say “welcome to Portland!” if you see them on campus.

M.S.L. alumna Ellen Gilmer puts her degree to work as environmental policy journalist in D.C.

When Lewis & Clark announced its new Master of Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law degree program last year, Ellen Gilmer knew immediately it was the perfect fit for her. As an environmental policy journalist with Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E Reporting) in Washington, D.C., she already knew she loved journalism and that she did not need a J.D.

Sierra Club ranks LC in top 5 for sustainability

For the third 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. Lewis & Clark is the only school in the Pacific Northwest to be included on the 2014 list.

Professor Johnston on the U.S. Army Corps ruling to disclose pollutants in its dams

Professor Craig Johnston was interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting recently regarding the recent settlement requiring the U.S. Army Corps to disclose pollutants from dams. He says the results of the settlement are legally very significant. But he says the environmental effects will vary from dam to dam — and will depend on the way the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward with regulation. Listen in….

We are #1 for Environmental & Energy Law according to Law Street’s Law School Rankings Team

We are #1 for Environmental & Energy Law according to Law Street’s Law School Rankings Team.

Prof. Dan Rohlf reflects on sustainability issues during his spring sabbatical

Dan Rohlf recently returned from a sabbatical trip around the world. He is sharing some of his reflections and observations in a series of blog posts focused on sustainabilty. First up is a story about the Greek island of Ikaria, and its obvious potential for renewable energy to replace a stinky diesel generator - or so it seems…

Prof. Michael Blumm: Government discretion in approving mining plan in southwest Oregon

A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4,000-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon. Professor Blumm opines that  “There’s a lot of discretion on the part of the government approving a mine plan,” Blumm says “More so than certainly the miners think. And maybe more than the government is willing to exercise.”

LC Environmental Law Spring e-newsletter

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program published its e-newsletter highlighting the Green Energy Institute and activities and programs from the spring semester.
Earthrise team at US Supreme Court for oral arguments

LC celebrates four decades of experiential learning

The summer issue of the Advocate highlights the depth and variety of experiential learning opportunities at Lewis & Clark law school, including numerous externships and internships and our outstanding environmental moot court program.
Crude oil train stopped along the Columbia River. Photo by Andrew Hawley.

Lawsuit Urges Halt to Clatskanie Oil Terminal’s Violation of Clean Air Act

NEDC, along with other environmental groups, filed a lawsuit alleging that Cascade Kelly Holdings LLC dba Global Partners violated the Clean Air Act by constructing a crude oil transloading facility without the necessary permit.

Possible China emissions cap important for U.S.’ new CO2 rules

Law360 story on possible China emissions cap features interview with Prof. Melissa Powers: “If China does something domestically, it could have a very meaningful role in both the talking points regarding the newly proposed Clean Air Act Section 111(d) rules and the potential to actually get some kind of meaningful agreement through international negotiations.”

Snapshot of a 2014 J.D.: Kya Marienfeld

L&C is this beautiful wonderful place where everyone is kind and genuinely supportive of each other, and yet, very motivated and driven. Everyone knows what they want, but they go about getting it by improving from within instead of being competitive and lifting themselves up by putting others down. I can’t imagine a better climate for law school and I’m so thankful to have found this community.

Professor Powers weighs in on EPA’s power plant rules

Professor Melissa Powers weighed in on EPA’s coal power plant rules that are expected to be announced Monday. In an interview with The Hill, Powers said it’s likely that EPA will use a “beyond the fence” approach that will allow states to comply by increasing their energy efficiency or use of renewable energy. EPA would then set reduction targets for states based on their current and potential efficiency and renewable improvements.



LLM 2014 grad and Naval attorney, Liz Rosso, with her dogs on the Lewis & Clark Law School campus

Environmental Alums in the Military

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law LLM program has welcomed many military lawyers as students through the years. We recently reached out to some of our alums and a soon-to-be graduate to find out how they are using their environmental training in their military careers.

Asia is the Key- Moe Honjo (LLM 2014)

Moe Honjo (LLM ’14 in both Environmental and Animal Law), is in Kenya with Lewis & Clark’s Animal Law program. She recently blogged about how Asia can help stop wildlife poaching in Africa.

Summer energy law course; distance learning comes to LC law school

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce the availability of an exciting on-line course for attorneys, policymakers, and anyone else interested in energy law issues.

From June 9-12, Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Melissa Powers will offer Electricity Essentials: Renewables, Utilities & Transmission. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the U.S. electricity supply and will address the following key components, important to anyone seeking a better understanding of the electricity system in the United States:

Green Energy Fellows (from left): Nate Larsen, Amy Schussler, Kyra Hill, and Nick Lawton; Directo...

Green Energy Institute: Reflections from a Fellow

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.

LC alum, Ben Houston (LLM): “Working with [Earthrise] was without a doubt the most rewarding and exciting experience I had as a law student.”

LC alum, Ben Houston (LLM), recently was named Of Counsel at the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center (GLELC) in Detroit. In a recent story on LegalNews.com, Houston said that working at Earthrise at Lewis & Clark “was without a doubt the most rewarding and exciting experience I had as a law student. Our professors gave us a lot of responsibility and I felt like I was participating in PEAC’s cases as a full colleague.”

Sustainability in Practice: Internships for law and undergrads

At Lewis & Clark, our approach to sustainability is grounded in our mission to cultivate global thinkers and leaders. Our research and actions extend beyond our campus into the wider world—we build on the best available scholarship and practice in our endeavors, and we recognize the importance and interrelatedness of ecology, economy, and equity. This spring, four undergraduate students and three law students took part in our sustainability internship course, gaining valuable experience and knowledge by working firsthand in the public and nonprofit sector.

Prof. Ryan blogs on Huffington Post about sweeping amendments to China’s Environmental Protection Law

Professor Erin Ryan, who spent a year teaching as a Fulbright Scholar at Ocean University in Qingdao, China, discusses the sweeping new amendments to China’s Environmental Protection Laws, which are intended to better cope with the air and water pollution problems that increasingly make international news.

LC throws a 50th birthday party for the Wilderness Act

The world’s first formal recognition of  “wilderness” came fifty years ago when President Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act which designated 9 million acres of “instant wilderness,” defined as “untrammeled” areas, where “man is a visitor who does not remain.” Last week, over 100 people joined together at Lewis & Clark to honor the anniversary with presentations and discussions of the Act’s meaning, impact and challenges.

Snapshot of an “almost” JD and an “already” champion: Laura Kerr

Laura Kerr is an “almost” JD - and an “already” Environmental Moot Court Advocate of the year. She won the Lewis & Clark competition last week, arguing in front of a distinguished panel that included Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Scott Matheson, Jr., of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

Green Energy Institute Fellowship Opportunity

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program is now accepting applications from Lewis & Clark JD students for one to two LL.M-GEI Energy Fellow positions to begin in the fall of 2014. The fellowships provide a tuition-free LL.M. degree offered pursuant to Lewis & Clark’s joint J.D./LL.M. degree program.
Earthrise Clinic Director Craig Johnston, top, 2nd from right, and Staff Attorney Kevin Cassidy, ...

Running the Boston Marathon to Fundraise for Earthrise

Earthrise Clinic Director Craig Johnston, Advisory Council Chair Dave Pearson, and ten other runners will hit 26.2 miles of Boston on April 21 with a goal of raising $26.2 thousand for our work!  Visit our website at the link below to learn more and to donate.

Snapshot of an Almost JD- an ongoing series by Halah Ilias

If there was a Mr. Congeniality award at school, Will would have it. Three times, one for each year.  Will can talk to anyone and even get curmudgeons to smile.  He is well spoken, intelligent, kind, and generous.  As an attorney, I have no doubt Will would work hard and do great work.

Once again, Lewis & Clark shines at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition

Lewis & Clark law school’s environmental moot court team has been a contender for the national Environmental Moot Court title many times over the last twenty years, advancing to the semi-finals 23 times, making it to the final round 15 times, and winning the competition seven times. This year was no different. The team of Laura Kerr (3L), Ben Saver (3L), and Daniel Rottenberg (2L) stormed into the semi-finals with the experienced coaching of Professor Craig Johnston. While the team did not advance to the finals, “it was an honor to represent Lewis & Clark at Pace, particularly given our school’s past success at the Competition,” remarked Rottenberg.
A view of the Badlands Wilderness in Central Oregon from the top of Flatiron Rock. (AP Photo/The ...

The Wilderness Act celebrates a half century: Prof. Blumm’s guest editorial in Oregonian

Professor Mike Blumm’s guest editorial in the Oregonian: The Wilderness Act celebrates a half century calls for public input on the four bills Congress is considering that would add to Oregon wilderness, including not only the Devil’s Staircase but also areas in the Rogue and John Day River watersheds.

Ecosystem services: up close and personal with Prof. Ryan

Professor Erin Ryan reflects on a field trip with students to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge: “I like to give my students the opportunity to explore the different ecosystem services offered by the bottomland/wetland environment up close and personally, in a way you can’t do from a textbook.”
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Nick Fromherz comments on Chevron oil spill decision

Visiting Assistant Professor, Nick Fromherz, spoke with Law 360 regarding the recent U.S. District court ruling in Chevron Corp v. Steven Donziger et al, barring the enforcement in the U.S. of a $9.5 billion dollar judgment from an Ecuadorian court regarding an oil spill on grounds of fraud.

Rising Issues #6 Winter 2014

3/4/14 - The winter edition of Rising Issues: CRC, VGP, Dan Mensher, and more!

Snapshot of an “Almost” JD…

Get to know current Lewis & Clark Law Students through J.D. Candidate Halah Ilias’s blog posts on her classmates.
Lewis & Clark graduates working at Trustees for Alaska: Suzanne Bostrom J.D. ?10, Brook Briss...

Building the Legal Pipeline…LC law alums in Alaska

An increasing number of law school students and alumni are looking to Alaska for career opportunities in a tight legal market.

Professor Powers elected to the Governing Board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

Associate Professor Melissa Powers was elected to the 2014 Governing Board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, an international body of academics and environmental lawyers, as the 2014 regional representative for North America and the Caribbean.

IELP targets Iceland’s whaling and whale meat trade in Pelly Petition

Lewis & Clark’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) legal analysis has led the U.S. government to certify that Iceland’s whaling and whale meat trade are diminishing the effectiveness of international environmental treaties.

International Environmental Law Project reports: Polar Bear Habitat = World Heritage Site

The International Environmental Law Project at Lewis & Clark has issued a new report (authored by Professor Chris Wold and students Hannah McCausland and Karen Swift): The World Heritage Convention and Polar Bear Conservation: Creating a Transboundary Polar Bear World Heritage Reserve. The report describes how the World Heritage Convention can be used to build resilience for polar bear conservation by designating important polar bear denning and other habitat as World Heritage.

Professor Blumm analyzes federal court decision on Sandy River Hatchery

Professor Mike Blumm analyzes the recent federal court decision that the Sandy River hatchery run by NOAA violates the Endangered Species Act and NEPA. Listen to his interview on Oregon Public Broadcasting
Moe Honjo with Shuppan Koshien trophy in Tokyo, Japan

Environmental law student, Moe Honjo, wins national “Shuppan Koshien” contest in Tokyo

Lewis & Clark Law LLM student, Moe Honjo, recently won first prize in the 9th “Shuppan Koshien” contest held in Tokyo, Japan. “Shuppan Koshien” is a national competition, in which students from all over Japan present their plans for books they wish to publish.

Prof. Dan Rohlf: Updates from sabbatical

Dan Rohlf is kicking off his sabbatical by teaching Comparative Environmental Law at Kangwon National University Law School in Chuncheon, South Korea.
A sign indicates restricted access to Oswego Lake in Lake Oswego.

Prof. Mike Blumm calls on Oregon’s A.G. to defend Public Trust Doctrine

Prof Blumm argues in op-ed that Oregon’s AG should defend, rather than disclaim, Oregon’s Public Trust Doctrine.

Professor Bill Funk: public participation thwarted by USDA’s policy revocation

Professor Bill Funk, our resident Administrative Law guru, weighs in regarding USDA’s recent revocation of their long-standing policy requiring “notice and comment” for rulemaking proceedings that involve “public  property, loans, grants, benefits, or contracts….”. Will other agencies soon follow?
Prof. Chris Wold and IELP students in Warsaw.

LC Students Share Insights from the Climate Negotiations in Warsaw

International Environmental Law Project students are sharing their impressions from the Climate Negotiations in Warsaw, Poland.

Professor Erica Lyman Checks in from the Warsaw Climate Change Conference

Professor Erica Lyman is in Warsaw assisting as a delegate with the  Palau Climate Change Team. She sent a brief update this morning. “It is an honor to work with Palau’s UN Ambassador and officials from Palau – the stark reality of climate change was witnessed in Palau when Typhoon Haiyan struck before landing in the Philippines. Philippines took the floor here at the opening of the meeting, and in solidarity with his fellow citizens and to impress on us all the need for ambitious action, the Lead Negotiator declared that he would fast until we arrive at meaningful agreement here in Warsaw.”

Water for Life: Lessons Learned from Around the World

Lewis & Clark helped present the Realizing the Goal of Water for Life: Lessons from Around the World conference at the National Law University of Delhi last May. Hear speakers from India, the U.K., Brazil, South Africa and the United States share lessons learned regarding access to clean water and transboundary issues.

Meet 2013-2014 Earthrise Clinic Students

10/29/13 - Earthrise’s 2013-2014 Clinic is our largest cohort of students to date.
Green Energy Fellows Nick Lawton and Amelia Schlusser with Professor Melissa Powers

L&C launches Green Energy Institute to step up transition to 100% renewable power

Lewis & Clark Law School is happy to announce the launch of the Green Energy Institute and the Green Energy Fellows program.
Deschutes River photo courtesy of Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Prof. Rohlf’s reflections on Environmental Species Act at 40 symposium

Deschutes river photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Fish played a prominent role in the Lewis & Clark Animal Law Journal’s recent symposium, which celebrated the Endangered Species Act’s 40th anniversary. Only 5 years after the ESA’s passage in 1973, a young law professor’s love of flyfishing helped convince him to use the statute in an effort to save one of the last free-flowing streams in the southeastern United States from an ill-advised dam development scheme concocted by the powerful Tennessee Valley Authority.

Professor Chris Wold: Living within our Carbon Budget

Professor Chris Wold, Director of LC’s International Environmental Law Project, wrote an op-ed piece for the Oregonian newspaper on the need to stop bingeing on carbon and other greenhouse gases and live within our “carbon budget”.

Professor Erica Lyman Exchanges Ideas, Theories and Stories with Armenian Host

Professor Erica Lyman, of Lewis & Clark’s International Environmental Law Project, recently returned from Yerevan, Armenia where she took part in a State Department-sponsored Professional Fellows exchange.  Lewis and Clark hosted a rising environmental scholar, Gor Movsisyan, from Yerevan State University earlier in the year, and Lyman travelled to Armenia to complete the exchange and provide insight into LC’s environmental clinics.

Jim Salzman, Environmental Law Distinguished Visitor Lecture

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program welcomed Professor Jim Salzman as its 2013 Distinguished Visitor. Professor Salzman holds joint appointments at Duke University as the Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor at the law school, and as the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy.
From left: Chuck Bonham '00, Cliff Villa '93, and Janice Schneider '92.

2013 Distinguished Environmental Law Graduates named

On October 3rd, three environmental law alumni were recognized for their work with a Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate award.
Ryan Shannon and friend on Davidson glacier outside Skagway, Alaska.

An Alaskan summer of a lifetime for LC law student Ryan Shannon

Ryan Shannon, LC Law student, recently shared his summer experience working for Trustees of Alaska in Anchorage. He credits the environmental law program, NEDC and PILP for an amazing opportunity:

Professor Michael Blumm responds to Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Professor Michael Blumm has called for a greater focus on ecological concerns in future Columbia River Treaty negotiations in comments offered to the United States government.

Earthrise Clients Win SLAPP Suit in Federal Court

7/24/13 - In an opinion released Monday, a federal judge in Portland ruled in favor of the defendants in a case that had all the earmarks of a classic SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation).

Environmental Law Spring-Summer Newsletter

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law program issued its Spring-Summer 2013 newsletter this week.

Earthrise Awarded Grant from the Jackson Foundation

7/8/13 - The Jackson Foundation has awarded Earthrise Law Center a $2,000 grant for the Oregon Waters initiative.

Rising Issues #3 Spring 2013

Read the spring 2013 issue of our newsletter, featuring our alumni who protect the environment in the governmental sector!
Buffalo National River, Arkansas (NPS)

Earthrise Helping to Protect Country’s First National River

5/8/13 - Earthrise is representing a coalition of environmental groups opposing a hog farm that could threaten the watershed of the Buffalo National River in northwest Arkansas.
Dean Robert Klonoff presents awards to Environmental Moot Court Advocate of the Year competitors ...

Lewis & Clark Environmental Moot Court Shines

4/29/13 - April 4th marked the inaugural event of the new Lewis & Clark Law School Environmental Moot Court Advocate of the Year competition. Earthrise students shined!

M.C. Mehta - and Other International Experts - to Speak at LC’s Water Conference in Delhi, India

Realizing the Goal of Water for Life: Lessons from Around the World, an international conference two years in the making, will be held at National Law University in New Delhi, India on May 30-31st. This event is part of the Law School’s ongoing relationship with National Law Universities in India.

IELP Students and Faculty Provide Expertise at Recent International Convention on Endangered Species in Bangkok Thailand

Lewis & Clark’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) is not a typical law clinic, and as its involvement at the negotiations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in demonstrates. While in Bangkok in March, IELP students and faculty worked with governments and conservation organizations on a range of issues and their work found its way into the formal parts of the negotiations.

In the News: Sierra Club Plans to Sue Railroads, Coal Companies

4/3/13 - Lewis & Clark professor and Earthrise Clinical Director, Craig Johnston, is quoted in The Oregonian in an article about Clean Water Act violations by coal trains traveling through the Columbia River Gorge.

L&C Launches New Degree for College Graduates: Master of Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources law

The Environmental & Natural Resources Law program is delighted to announce the launch of a new degree: a Master of Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. The Master’s degree will be a graduate degree for those interested in learning about environmental law, but who do not wish to practice law or obtain a law degree.

IELP Professors and Students Protect Endangered Species at meeting in Bangkok, Thailand

Professors Chris Wold and Erica Lyman of Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) are on the road again. After traveling to Doha for the climate change negotiations where IELP provided legal assistance to Pacific island countries, they are now in Bangkok with seven IELP students to help 178 governments make decisions to protect species from overutilization due to international trade. They are participating in the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) from March 3-14, 2013.
Earthrise Law Center Staff 2012

Earthrise Featured in Chronicle Magazine

2/25/13 - “Earthrise Law Center: Big Name, Bigger Mission” is the title of the Lewis & Clark Chronicle Magazine article about Earthrise’s work and organizational growth.

L & C Law Students Shine in National Animal Law Moot Court Competition

L & C Law Students Shine in National Animal Law Moot Court Competition

Rising Issues #2 Winter 2013

2/14/13 - Read our winter newsletter, highlighting Earthrise students’ roles in Supreme Court briefing and in an herbicide case in eastern Oregon, plus more.

Environmental Law Program’s Winter Newsletter

Enjoy LC’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law program’s winter newsletter.
Earthrise Team at US Supreme Court

It Takes a Village: Lewis & Clark Law Students, Alums and Faculty Involved in Two of Supreme Court’s Most Important Environmental cases of Fall Term 2012

The extended Lewis & Clark community played key roles in the two biggest environmental cases of the Supreme Court’s fall term.  On December 3 and 4, 2012, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in two significant cases regarding stormwater pollution and the reach of the federal Clean Water Act.  In each case, LC law school faculty, students, and alumni were involved on various sides of the issues from gathering water samples, briefing the merits, writing amicus briefs and attending the oral arguments.

Professor Rohlf shares Beckman award funds with law school

  Professor Dan Rohlf of Lewis & Clark Law School recently was honored as the recipient an Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman award.  The award carried a $25,000 award, and Professor Rohlf contributed $12,500 of the award to the law school.  He asked the funds be designated for support of a student award granted to law students showing outstanding leadership in the field of environmental law.

The Law School to Welcome Delegation from South Korea

Faculty and students from Kangwon National University will visit and attend environmental law classes on January 28 – February 1, 2013.
Earthrise Law Center Staff 2012

Earthrise Wins Bench Ruling for Wallowa Whitman National Forest

Earthrise Law Center (for the first time under our new name) won a ruling in U.S. District Court in Portland. In November 2010, Earthrise filed a complaint against the U.S. Forest Service on behalf our client, the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project of the League of Wilderness Defenders. We alleged that the Forest Service’s decision to greatly increase the use of herbicides on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forestto combat invasive plants violated several federal laws. After lengthy briefing and an oral argument in January 2012, Judge Michael Simon ruled for our client in late June on one of our claims, finding that the Forest Service had violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to consider the potential cumulative impacts of their decision. However, the question of the proper remedy for that proven legal violation remained open.

Earthrise Law Center’s Fall 2012 Clinic

11/12/12 - Meet the wonderful law clerks of Earthrise Law Center’s Fall 2012 Clinic.

Law alumna elected to United States Senate

Law alumna elected to United States Senate

LC Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and NRLI 2012 Annual Report

NRLI and Environmental and Natural Resources Law program’s annual report for 2011-12.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice to Inaugurate Environmental Law Moot Court

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice to Inaugurate Environmental Law Moot Court

Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program Summer Newsletter

Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program Summer Newsletter

PEAC Files RCRA Suit in Arizona

9/7/12 - On Wednesday, PEAC filed a complaint on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council demanding the US Forest Service use its authority to protect wildlife and humans from the dangers of lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona.

NRLI Distinguished Visitor, Professor Hope Babcock, will visit October 24-25, 2012

Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor Professor Hope M. Babcock will visit LC from October 24-25 and give a public lecture entitled Putting a Price on Whales to Save Them: The Moral Infirmities of a Market-Based Solution to a Regulatory Failure or What Do Morals Have to Do With It?
Aubrey Baldwin picnics with Korean law students at Soyang Lake

Professor Aubrey Baldwin Receives Warm Welcome at Kangwon Law School in Korea

Aubrey Baldwin, clinical professor of law and staff attorney at the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC), spent three weeks in Korea this summer teaching Comparative Environmental Law at Kangwon National University School of Law in the city of Chuncheon (about an hour from Seoul).
Judge agrees that this water capture is not enough to curtail arsenic from polluting the nearby c...

A Big Win for the Boise River

Advocates for the West, the Idaho Conservation Leagueand NEDC win in a Clean Water Act case protecting the Boise River.

PEAC’s Clients Litigate the CRC

7/5/12 - PEAC filed a complaint Monday against the Columbia River Crossing, on behalf of three conservation groups alleging inadequate study of health and environmental impacts.

Win for Wallowa-Whitman

7/5/12 - A federal judge ruled in favor of PEAC and its client League of Wilderness Defenders/Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, halting the spraying of herbicides in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Columbia River Crossing is a boondoggle taxpayers don’t deserve

6/21/12 - Read PEAC professor Tom Buchele’s op-ed in today’s Oregonian.

“Wild & Wonderful,” Not “Paved and Pretty Good”

6/21/12 - Professor Dan Rohlf gave a spirited defense of the Endangered Species Act before the US House Committee on Natural Resources.

Professor Dan Rohlf to testify before US House Committee regarding Endangered Species Act litigation

LC Professor Dan Rohlf to testify before the US House Committee on Natural Resources regarding Endangered Species Act litigation
Professor Melissa Powers

Professor Melissa Powers wins 2012 Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching

Spotlight on Environmental Law Professor Melissa Powers, winner of the 2012 Levenson award for excellence in teaching.
Bull Trout

PEAC Summer 2012 Newsletter

Read up on the latest at PEAC, including the Oregon temperature water quality standards victory, clinical experiences of PEAC students, and collaboration with India.
Rob Molinelli

LC law student, Rob Molinelli, wins ABA energy law writing competition.

Rob Molinelli’s paper Renewable Energy Development: Surviving the Dormant Commerce Clause,has been selected as the winner of the 2011-2012 Energy Law Student Writing Competition sponsored by the ABA.

PEAC’s Clients File Notice of Intent to Sue Columbia River Crossing Project

On behalf of clients, PEAC has filed a 60-day notice of intent to file suit against the Columbia River Crossing project.
Law students enjoying the spring sunshine at LC

Happy Spring from the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program

Spring 2012 news from the Environmental Law program.

Now Accepting Applications for PEAC Class

PEAC is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Environmental Litigation Clinic! Read on for application instructions and details.

Buchele’s Letter for Clients on CRC Grabs Press Attention

“Law professor challenges legality of CRC”: article in The Columbian featuring PEAC attorney Tom Buchele.

PEAC Featured in Articles on ESCO and CRC

Two articles published in The Oregonian on Saturday featured PEAC: one on the ESCO Good Neighbor Agreement and the other on the Columbia River Crossing.

Law school surges in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Lewis & Clark Law School jumped nine places to 58th in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Along with Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles, and University of California at Berkeley, Lewis & Clark is ranked one of the top 10 law schools on the West Coast.

PEAC Scores Big for Water Quality and Salmon

PEAC attorneys Allison LaPlante, Dan Mensher, and Dan Rohlf helped their clients win a ruling on temperature standards that will help protect water quality, salmon, bull trout, and steelhead.
Kathryn Walter

PEAC Student Presents Report on Oregon Invasive Species

PEAC student Kathryn Walter presented a report to the Oregon Invasive Species Council. The report offered recommendations aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species.

Buchele Returns to Illinois to Protect Shawnee National Forest

PEAC attorney Tom Buchele helped his clients win a landmark injunction preventing logging and drilling in the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois in 1996. Last week he returned to argue for keeping the injunction in place until the US Forest Service provides an adequate management plan.

Global strides of Environmental and Natural Resources Law program highlighted in NRLI 2010-11 Annual Report

The Natural Resources Law Institute released its 2010-11 Annual Report today highlighting the global strides of its faculty and students.

Migratory Bird Conference Fosters Robust Discussion

On October 20-22, 2011 the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School hosted its annual Environmental Law Conference. The topic this year was The Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Reshaping a Powerful Conservation Tool? 

Lewis & Clark law programs earn high marks in 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings

Four law programs at Lewis & Clark Law School earned high rankings in the U.S. News & World Report2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The law school also ranks among the best law schools in the western United States and among the top ten law schools on the west coast with Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of California, Berkley.

Law school sustainability on the move

A brief description of the current effort to institutionalize sustainability at the law school, give insight into where sustainability is headed, and request participation.
Ballast Water Discharge

Invasive Species Settlement: New Ballast Water Permit Should Help Protect American Coasts, Lakes and Rivers

Invasive Species Settlement: New Ballast Water Permit Should Help Protect American Coasts, Lakes and Rivers

Faculty and students in Cancun for climate negotiations

IELP in Cancun at COP 16 negotiating on behalf of small island nations.

Lewis & Clark Law School named one of four “greenest law schools” in U.S.

Lewis & Clark Law School has been named among the Top Green Law Schools in the country by preLaw magazine.