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