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Top stories from the law school in 2007

December 20, 2007

1. Lewis & Clark leads the field of animal law

The Animal Law Clinic successfully defended an animal rights protester, who was accused of harassing customers in front of the now-closed Schumacher Furs in downtown Portland, and hosted the 15th Annual Animal Law Conference, strengthening Lewis & Clark’s role in the animal advocacy movement.

The National Center for Animal Law asked Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland to stop using live animals for medical school training and provided legal services for a family whose dog was killed.

2. Lewis & Clark law students excelled in national moot court competitions

Students participated in contests representing a breadth of legal fields: international, tax, environmental, and animal law.

3. Dean Robert Klonoff joined the Lewis & Clark community

A leading legal scholar who has argued numerous high-profile cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Klonoff became dean of the law school in July.

4. York Project builds awareness of critical historical figure

The community initiative, spearheaded by Charles Neal J.D. ‘07, is committed to establishing a campus memorial to York, William Clark’s slave and an integral member of Thomas Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery left out of historical representations of the journey.

5. A year of victories for the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC)

Named the “winningest” law clinic in America by National Jurist, PEAC won several important cases this year to protect steelhead habitats, northern spotted owls, and old-growth ecosystems. PEAC director and Associate Professor of Law Dan Rohlf also remarked on the victory “in our own backyard”: the return of the salmon to Tryon Creek.

6. Lewis & Clark law faculty honored for contributions to local, state, and national legal communities

Three professors–Bill Funk, Jennifer Johnson and Craig Johnston–were elected to the American Law Institute; membership is limited to judges, scholars and practicing lawyers who have achieved national stature for their work in the legal profession and their interest in the improvement of the law.

Lisa LeSage, assistant dean for Lewis & Clark Law School business law programs and director of the Small Business Legal Clinic, was elected president of the Oregon Law Foundation for 2007. The charitable foundation raises funds to help low-income people in Oregon access critical legal services.

Maggie Finnerty, clinical law professor, was named to Portland Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list for her work with the Small Business Legal Clinic.

7. Lewis & Clark devotes thousands of hours and dollars to work in the public interest

In 2007, law students reported performing 9,000 hours of community service as part of Lewis & Clark’s pro bono program.

The Public Interest Law Project, funded by an annual charitable auction, raised $84,000 to fund 13 stipends for law students to work at public interest organizations that cannot afford summer law clerks.

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Emily Miller
Public Relations Coordinator
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