Happy 2020! We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lewis & Clark’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program throughout the year.  We are proud to be consistently ranked by our peers as one of the top environmental law programs in the nation due to:

Read more about the launch of the environmental law program at Lewis & Clark: "It was 1969. Environmental law was a budding field. The Environmental Protection Agency didn’t yet exist. But Professor Bill Williamson and attorney Charles Merten resolved to help usher in a new era of environmental protection. The pair rallied a group of Lewis &  Clark Law School students and alumni to establish the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that would help shape Oregon’s modern environmental landscape and spark Lewis & Clark’s emergence as the nation’s leading environmental law school."

NOTE: Lewis & Clark offers a wide array of courses online through its distance learning LLM program. We welcome applications to start summer or fall 2020. Visitors and auditors are also welcome to enroll in any of these online courses. Environmental Law and Administrative Law will be offered online this summer. Our on campus two week/two credit summer courses include Legal  Ecology: Urban Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management, and International Wildlife Law. Visitors and auditors are welcome in all summer courses. Check out the full summer line up. Contact us at for more information.

                  2020 Events -- Join Us or Listen In 
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Michelle J. DePass: 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture, January 21, 2020.  Michelle J. DePass is the president and chief executive officer of Meyer Memorial Trust. DePass recognizes the need to invest in the next generation and educate them on the importance of social, economic and environmental justice. Her talk focused on the need for "agitators" for environmental justice, and 5 rules for living in a participatory democracy. 
Professor Gerald Torres: James L. Huffman Lecture in Honor of the Western Resources Legal Center, February 17, 2020.  Professor Gerald Torres is a leading figure in critical race theory, environmental law and federal Indian Law. He was appointed Professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in November 2019. Professor Torres will speak on "Law Making: Formal and Informal Paths to Durable Legal Change."
Professor Richard Lazarus: 2020 Justice Kennedy Lecture Series,  March 4, 2020.  Professor Richard Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Supreme Court Advocacy, and Torts. Professor Lazarus will speak on his new book, "The Rule of Five, Making Climate History at the Supreme Court."
Professor Elizabeth Kirk: International Law Distinguished Visitor lecture, March 9, 2020.  Professor Elizabeth Kirk, Global Chair of Global Governance & Ecological Justice, University of Lincoln, UK, will deliver a lecture on "The Case for a Plastics Treaty."  Professor Kirk’s current research addresses complex, multi-faceted problems such as plastics pollution, energy efficiency, and governance of the Arctic.
Professor Alexandra Klass: 32nd Annual Environmental Law Distinguished Visitor Lecture, April 2, 2020. Professor Alexandra Klass is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota School of Law. She will be visiting Lewis & Clark classes, meeting with various student organizations and faculty, and giving a public lecture on "U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration: A Law and Policy Perspective." 
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), and sponsored by Lewis & Clark in honor of the 50th anniversary of our environmental law program. The alums credit LC with "giving them the inspiration, knowledge and confidence to tackle some of the biggest, and most critical, environmental issues facing Oregon today." Read more here.
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