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Multimedia: Environmental law clinics offer students local and global litigation experience

April 28, 2011

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    Jessica Johnson J.D. '11

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Consistently ranked number one or number two in U.S. News rankings for more than a decade, the environmental and natural resources law program at Lewis & Clark offers students unparalleled opportunities to be directly involved in complex litigation, negotiation, and practical advocacy. In addition to extensive general and specialized classroom offerings, the law school provides students with exciting opportunities for hands-on learning through the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, the International Environmental Law Project, and the Animal Law Clinic. Learn more about the practical skills environmental law students gain in the stories below.

Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC)

Founded in 1996, PEAC is a nationally recognized domestic environmental legal clinic. PEAC attorneys collaborate with law school faculty, staff, and students to protect endangered species, ecosystems, and natural resources through pro bono representation, litigation, training, and education.  

Earlier this year, PEAC reached a major settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, ending a decade-long battle over invasive species entering U.S. waters from international ships.

In this video, Professor of Law Dan Rohlf, a co-founder of PEAC who currently holds the Of Counsel position, and law students Jessica Johnson ’11 and John Krallman ’11 discuss the scope of the clinic’s work and the degree of student involvement.

International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

IELP is the only on-campus legal clinic focusing solely on international environmental law in the nation. Through IELP, law students work directly with governments, international institutions, and nongovernmental organizations to tackle challenging global environmental issues like climate change and the protection of endangered species.

Read more about IELP in this profile, learn about the group’s work on issues such as international trade, or read the IELP blog, where participants chronicled their recent trip to Bangkok for climate change discussions.

The Animal Law Clinic (ALC)

The only clinic of its kind in the country, the Animal Law Clinic (ALC) at the Center for Animal Law Studies is devoted to animal protection litigation, legislation, and policy work as well as research and analysis in emerging animal protection law issues.

Working with ALC, the only yearlong clinic dedicated to animal protection issues, students conduct research, represent clients, work on clinic projects, and develop the field of animal law to encourage consideration of the interests of animals in legal decision making. Students also shadow local lawyers, work with lawyer partners around the country, observe legal proceedings, and conduct fieldwork to better understand the problems facing animals.

In this video, organizers and speakers at the annual Animal Law Conference discuss animal law and how it relates to other areas of the law, such as domestic violence, climate change, international trade, religion, the media, and social justice movements.

For a comprehensive list of all of the clinic opportunities Lewis & Clark offers, visit the law school’s Clinics and Practical Skills webpage.

Learn more about student experiences in the environmental and natural resources law program in this podcast interview.

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