Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program, in collaboration with Environmental Law, presents its 2023 symposium:


Protecting Biodiversity: Five decades of progress but an uncertain future

April 7th, 2023 | 7:45am-5:00pm

Oregon State Bar MCLE Credits: 6 General CLE Credits will be requested


We welcome all to save the date for the upcoming 2023 symposium: Legal Protections for Biodiversity. A tentative schedule is provided below. Additional information such as registration, pricing, location, parking information, meal options, and a formal itinerary will become available closer to the event.

All questions can be emailed to the Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Law Program Coordinator, Sam Stockdale, at stockdale@lclark.edu


Price for MCLE Credit: TBD | Price for Non-MCLE Public: TBD | FREE for Students (Excluding Meals)*

*There is a one-time fee of $20 for students wishing to eat any of the available food options during the symposium.

7:45am | Continental Breakfast and MCLE Check-In Available

8:15am | Introduction

Associate Dean Janice Weis, Lewis & Clark Law

8:30am | Keynote

Joe Roman, Gund Fellow, Goud Institute for the Environment, University of Vermont

9:15am | Panel 1 - The ESA turns 50: Are we there yet? 


Moderator: Associate Dean Janice Weis, Lewis & Clark Law

Professor Dan Rohlf, Lewis & Clark Law

Professor Holly Doremus, Berkeley Law

The Evolution of the ESA

Additional Panelists TBD

11:00am | Panel 2 - Protecting the “Blue Planet”: Five Decades of Marine Conservation


Moderator: Professor Chris Wold, Lewis & Clark Law

Dr. Rebecca Lent, Executive Director, International Whaling Commission - Cambridge, UK

Global Science and Stewardship of Cetaceans at IWC: 77 Years of Evolution

Professor Robin Craig, University of Southern California - Gould School of Law

Marine Biodiversity: Trends, Targets, and the BBNJ

Dr. Anja Malawi Brandon, Associate Director of U.S. Plastics Policy, The Ocean Conservancy U.S.

1:30pm | Panel 3 - Biodiversity Beyond Borders


Moderator and Speaker: TBD

Professor Chris Wold, Lewis & Clark Law

Challenging States that issue Flags of Convenience under the UNCLOS Compulsory Dispute Settlement Rules

Professor Annecoos Wiersema, University of Denver - Sturm College of Law

 The Conservation Impacts of Biosynthetic and Captive-Bred Wildlife Products

Tanya Sanerib, International Legal Director, Center for Biological Diversity - Seattle, WA

How Wildlife Exploitation is Fueling Biodiversity Loss and Risking Future Pandemics

3:15pm | Panel 4 - The Next Five Decades: Conserving biodiversity on a changing planet


Moderator: Professor Dan Rohlf, Lewis & Clark Law

Professor Sandra Zellmer, University of Montana - Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Professor Alex Camacho, UC Irvine School of Law

Jessica Ferrell, Partner, Marten Law LLP

Kathryn Kempton, Section Chief, Southwest Section, Office of General Counsel at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

5:00pm | Reception