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  • April 25
    Our April newsletter detailing the Resolution Copper mine in Arizona, a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Cooke Aquaculture for their Puget Sound Net Pen collapse, and the end of another year of the Earthrise Clinic.
  • Peggy getting a drink from Walton Lake with many of the targeted firs in the background.
    January 25
    Earthrise victory over Walton Lake logging once again prevents the Forest Service from clearcutting.
  • December 12
    Please consider a year end gift to Earthrise.
  • December 7
    Our November newsletter detailing, stormwater pollution in Massachusetts and Oregon, government accountability and FOIA litigation, staff changes, and an alumni spotlight.
  • October 23
    On October 11 the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, a group of consolidated cases in which various environmental and industry petitioners are challenging EPA’s “Clean Water Rule.”
  • 2017-2018 Earthrise Class
    October 6
    Welcome to our Earthrise student clerks for the 2017-2018 law school year!
  • September 28
    On behalf of 10 watershed protection groups in Massachusetts, last Friday, September 22nd, Earthrise filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Massachusetts challenging the Trump EPA’s decision to stay the implementation of the state’s new municipal stormwater permit.
  • Zeslie Zablan, Alix Soliman, Ross Stansberry, Cooper Rodgers
    October 1
    Earthrise had another great summer with three clerks who were able to get hands on experience working on ongoing litigation.
  • September 14
    Earthrise Law Center is accepting applications from current 2ls - or anyone who has already completed more than 32 credits of course work - for its summer of 2018 clerkship program. Current 1Ls will be eligible to apply during a second application process in January 2018. Earthrise summer clerks gain invaluable hands-on litigation experience by assisting Earthrise clinical professors in all aspects of public interest environmental litigation.  All applications must be received on or before Friday, October 6, 2017. 

    For more details, click here

  • Sangye Ince-Johannsen (center) is our first summer clerk to work at our San Francisco office as p...
    August 2
    Summer Clerk Sangye Ince-Johansen discusses his time  working for Earthrise with staff attorney Nina Robertson at our new San Francisco office.
  • July 31
    Earthrise Law Center (Earthrise) seeks an experienced and dedicated program assistant to serve as our litigation paralegal and primary administrative coordinator. Earthrise is Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental litigation clinic, and has been called one of the “winningest” legal clinics in the nation by National Jurist magazine. Lewis and Clark Law School, located in Portland, Oregon, is consistently ranked as having one of the best environmental law programs in the country. Earthrise trains motivated and energetic law students by providing them with opportunities for direct involvement in legal work on complex environmental and natural resource issues.
  • June 20

    Professor and Earthrise attorney, Dan Rohlf, has been fighting against a controversial federal cormorant culling program under which federal agents could eventually kill as many as 11,000 adult double-crested cormorants and destroy even more nests in the estuary of the Columbia River as part of a plan to save native salmon. This summer thousands of cormorants have left the nesting grounds along the Columbia River. 

  • May 24

    Professor Craig Johnston has stepped down as director of Earthrise law center, passing on the role to attorneys Allison LaPlante and Tom Buchele. As one of the original founders of the clinic, Craig’s leadership has been a great benefit to Lewis & Clark law school, the students, and the planet.

  • May 10
    Earthrise Law Center is excited to introduce the six law clerks that will be working at the Earthrise offices in Portland and in San Francisco this summer.
  • April 28
    On behalf of our clients Waterkeeper Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, and several other organizations (“Waterkeeper”), Earthrise filed their opening merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2017, in the case captioned as National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, et al.
  • April 14

    Yesterday, Earthrise and its co-counsel, on behalf of Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), won a challenge against Oregon’s illegal water temperature standards, which change goals from cold temperatures to hot—and sometimes even lethal for salmon and other imperiled cold-water species. 

  • Ryan Shannon, and his girlfriend Erin, at Earthrise's 20th Anniversary Party
    April 10
    Founders Legacy Legal Fellow, Ryan Shannon, leaves Earthrise Law Center and moves on to a great position as Staff Attorney at Center for Biological Diversity. We’ll miss him, but he’s not going far.
  • The ridgeline where the fragile chaparral habitat was scheduled to be clear cut, 150 feet on eith...
    April 5
    In response to a lawsuit filed by Earthrise on behalf of the California Chaparral Institute and Los Padres ForestWatch, the U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn a harmful fuel break project that would have damaged fragile habitat and threatened rare species in Los Padres National Forest along California’s Central Coast.  On Monday, the conservation groups agreed to drop their pending legal action against the project, which they filed last December in U.S. District Court.
  • March 8
    Earthrise filed a petition today on behalf of the Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), and fish advocate, Bill Bakke, seeking to force Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to address the enormous backlog of administratively continued Clean Water Act permits, known as “Zombie Permits.”
  • March 6

    Earthrise attorney Kevin Cassidy was awarded the Cape Cod Bay Life Preserver Award for 2016 by the Jones River Watershed Association (JRWA). JRWA Executive Director Pine duBois said Cassidy was being recognized for his work on the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant trial in August 2016, which challenged a permit from the Town of Plymouth, MA given to Entergy Corporation authorizing the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Pilgrim plant located on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. 

  • March 1
    On February 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) instructing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (the “Agencies”) to begin a rulemaking to rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule, a 2015 regulation that defined the phrase “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) as used in the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), thereby identifying those waters protected by the Act’s restrictions on pollutant discharges.
  • February 21
    Today Earthrise filed a lawsuit on behalf of Oregon-based Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA) challenging EPA’s failure to respond to an 88-page petition submitted to the federal agency over three years ago, in October 2013. The petition seeks EPA’s action to update Washington’s water quality standards for toxics, primarily for the protection of aquatic life, such as salmon and steelhead.
  • Earthrise Attorneys Lia Comerford and Kevin Cassidy
    February 7
    Last week, Earthrise brought the Green River in Illinois one step closer to being restored after decades of concrete dumping along its banks by an adjacent landowner and owner of a demolition and trucking company. In federal court in Rock Island, Illinois, on behalf of Quad Cities Waterkeeper and Prairie Rivers Network, Earthrise attorneys Kevin Cassidy and Lia Comerford presented evidence about the harm the unauthorized concrete dumping has caused to their clients and the Green River and urged federal judge Sara Darrow to order and oversee a comprehensive restoration plan.
  • January 19
    Earthrise Law Center filed an objection to the USFS regarding their finding of No Significant Impact for the Navy’s Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range above Olympic National Park.
  • Deception Pass Washington State Island in Puget Sound
    December 7
    Longtime partners, Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), represented by Earthrise attorney Allison LaPlante and Seattle attorney Paul Kampmeier of Kampmeier & Knutsen filed a lawsuit today against the EPA and NOAA for their failure to force Washington State to control polluted runoff in the state’s coastal watersheds, including Puget Sound. The lawsuit aims to force the agencies to impose Congressionally-mandated funding cuts on the State of Washington for failing to comply with a law that requires the state to protect coastal water quality.
  • Refugio manzanita
    December 7
    On behalf of two California conservation organizations, Los Padres ForestWatch and the California Chaparral Institute, Earthrise filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to protect rare and sensitive species that live in the path of a massive, remote fuel break recently approved in the Los Padres National Forest.
  • November 21
    Rising Issues #14–Can you believe it’s been 20 years since PEAC was created? Earthrise Law Center is still going strong and looking forward to the next 20 years of training law students and protecting the environment. Read about the history of Earthrise in our recent newsletter, and ponder what the next 20 years will be like.
  • Beatles themed potluck from last summer.
    November 16
    2Ls (or anyone with 32 credits) can apply from now until December 2nd, 2016 by 5pm to work with Earthrise this summer as a Tomorrow’s Advocate. The Tomorrow’s Advocates program enables select Lewis & Clark law students to clerk for 10 weeks during the summer months as externs or paid interns. 1L’s will be able to apply in January 2017.
  • November 8
    The Center for Biological Diversity and Northwest Environmental Advocates notified the Environmental Protection Agency last week that they plan to sue the agency for failing to consider the needs of endangered salmon and sturgeon when approving state water-quality standards in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut.
  • Professor Dan Rohlf
    November 1
    Professor Dan Rohlf discusses a recent appeals court decision which allows animals to be considered “threatened” based on climate change models. He speaks with Bloomberg Law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”


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