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    March 18
    The Green Energy Institute is currently accepting applications for full-time summer and fall externs.
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    January 28

    On January 28, the Green Energy Institute published a report, “Solar Building Standards: How American Cities Can Lay Foundations for a New Generation of Solar Development,” by staff attorney Nick Lawton. The report explains how solar building standards, which are local ordinances requiring solar power as a standard feature on new or renovated buildings, could offer significant benefits to many energy market stakeholders. Instead of relying on subsidies to entice investment from relatively affluent property owners, solar building standards would result in widespread solar development that keeps pace with construction and growing energy demand. At the same time, these new policies could lower costs of solar power, facilitate its integration into the energy grid, save property owners money, promote resilience to power outages, and allow utilities to develop business models that benefit from distributed solar arrays. The report describes the nation’s first two solar building standards, which were enacted in two California cities in 2013, and then offers design options that local governments should consider when adopting these policies. The report also explores possible arguments against solar building standards, which have dwindling merit as the economics of solar power continue to improve. The report concludes that as solar power’s costs of continue to decline and its benefits become increasingly clear, more local governments should give solar building standards strong consideration. 


    For more information on this report, please contact Nick Lawton at

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    January 13
    January 13, 2015
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    November 18
    Four members of the Green Energy Institute gave presentations at the University of Idaho Law School’s inaugural symposium on Energy in the West.
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    November 1
    Professor Melissa Powers, who is on sabbatical in Denmark and Spain this year, recently visited South Africa and was interviewed by Nina Oosthuizen for a story on fracking and renewable energy for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Professor Powers is the Director of the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School.
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    October 31
    Staff Attorney Nick Lawton recently submitted comments for the Green Energy Institute regarding the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s methodology for calculating environmental costs and benefits of energy sources for the Seventh Power Plan.
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    October 20
    Energy Fellow Nate Larsen recently authored comments for the Green Energy Institute regarding plans by Hawaii’s utilities to adapt to ambitious new regulations by the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission. Read Nate’s discussion of the comments here, or review the comments themselves.
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    September 30
    On September 25, Nick Lawton and Kyra Hill gave presentations at the Oregon Solar Energy Conference. The conference, hosted by the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, focused on making the solar industry grow and become more efficient. Nick presented on how policy makers and the solar energy industry can and should work together to reduce the soft costs of solar power, while Kyra presented on the untapped potential market for community solar.
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    September 11
    On September 4, 2014, GEI staff attorney Amelia Schlusser gave a presentation on least-risk resource planning policies at the Energy Policy Research Conference in San Francisco. The conference was hosted by the Energy Policy Institute and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, and featured presentations on cutting-edge energy policy issues from researchers throughout the country. Amelia discussed utility resource planning policies designed to reduce ratepayer and investor vulnerability to risk and uncertainty, and explained how these policies promote renewable energy development. Click here to view Amelia’s presentation.
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    February 11
    The Small Business Legal Clinic held their Annual Open House on February 4, 2015.  The evening provided an opportunity to honor small businesses of Oregon and to celebrate the Small Business Legal Clinic and the many people who make the SBLC’s accomplishments possible.
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    February 17
    Don’t miss all the updates about our Fall Semester, and whet your appetite for our Spring MainStage and Beyond!
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    February 17
    Please join us for this special event to honor and celebrate outstanding members of the Lewis & Clark community.
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    April 16

    Attorney Martha Taylor and SBLC students Laura Westmeyer and Spencer Wilson presented to small businesses at the Governor’s Marketplace on April 30, 2014. The Governor’s Marketplace Conference brings together State, Federal and regional government entities along with private sector firms and non-profit organizations, to help Oregon small businesses achieve greater contracting success.

    The presentation covered entity selection and formation, state and federal trademark registration and best legal practices for starting businesses.

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    July 29
    With help from a handful of Lewis & Clark students and alumni, as well as resources from Fir Acres Theatre, Professor of Theatre Štěpán Šimek and Assistant Professor of Theatre Rebecca Lingafelter will stage a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sistersreturning to the “fierce sparseness” of the original Russian in a new English translation.
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    May 28
    Erica Terpening-Romeo B.A. ’14 is a distinguished scholar, seasoned thespian, skilled writer, successful entrepreneur, and recipient of two of Lewis & Clark’s highest annual honors—the Rena J. Ratte Award and the Senior Woman Recognition Award, given by the American Association of University Women. Never before has a graduating student received both of these prestigious awards.
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    April 25
    In a collective effort to distinguish Portland as a center of classical theatre, a current student and a recent Lewis & Clark alumna are helping nearly 20 of the city’s performance companies produce all of Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, and histories—and many of his poems—over the course of two years.
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    March 20

    Theatre in Uganda and Rwanda:

    Commemoration, Complexity & Collaboration

    An Artist Talk and Workshop with Emily Mendelsohn and Deborah Asiimwe

    Workshop: Saturday, April 5th 9-12pm

    Artist Talk: Monday, April 7th 7-8:30 pm


  • February 27
    Assistant Professor of Theatre Rebecca Lingafelter recently received a $6,000 Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) project grant for a PETE production.
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    February 21
    Lewis & Clark Department of Theatre and Dance in collaboration with Boom Arts and The World Affairs Council of Oregon present:
    The Power of Performance: Theatre in Conflict Zones
    An Artist Talk and Workshop by Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director, Bond Street TheatreArtist TalkFriday, February 21st, 2014, 7:00pm
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    February 13
    The Lewis & Clark Theatre Department is proud to present


    directed by Professor Stephen Weeks

    conceived by Professor Stephen Weeks and Professor Rebecca Lingafelter

    Thursday February 6th, 7:30pm

    Fir Acres Theatre Black Box

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    February 7
    Professor Kathy Hessler discusses the implications of Lolita, a captive Orca whale, becoming protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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    October 11
    Mt. Fuji Summer Overseas Program
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    October 1
    Pet Talk: Lewis & Clark advanced law degree helps attorneys defend laws for paws
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    September 28
    Third Rail Theatre presents new Richard Nelson script: Sweet and Sad.  It’s the 10th Anniversary of September 11 and the Apple family find themselves gathered together in Rhinebeck, NY for an impromptu lunch before heading off to an afternoon memorial service.  Filled with humor and sorrow, SWEET AND SAD celebrates the challenges of life in 21st century America and features the returning cast from last season’s hit show, THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING.
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    September 16
    Jessica Singer Early, M.A.T. ‘97, recently published Real World Writing for Secondary Students, which uses the college admissions essay and other “real world” writing as a frame for how teachers can encourage students to explore their unique life stories.
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    September 6
    Madeline Bernstein, President & CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), is honored as the CALS Distinguished Visitor.
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    September 4
    Over the Summer, the staff in Instructional Media Services worked on over $500,000 worth of projects. Find out about our new arrivals as well as what’s on the way.
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    April 2
    Portland Center Stage’s (PCS) production of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park had help from a Lewis & Clark expert—Michael Olich, associate professor of theatre.
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    March 5
    Law student and extern with the Animal Legal Defense Fund Lora Dunn responds to the Oregonian’s stance on the need of proposed animal bills in this legislative session.
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    February 15
    Join us for a live webcast of the final round of the National Animal Law Appellate Moot Court Competition on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1:30pm Pacific Time. Presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.


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    Associate Professor Stephan Simek’s new translation of Petr Zelenka’s award-winning play Theremin appears in “Czech Plays: Seven New Works.”


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