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  • October 18
  • January 28
    Here is a quick summary of some of the things we’ve achieved over the past five years, by the numbers.
  • Fairy Falls
    January 15
    Reducing polluted runoff from industrial facilities continues to be one of NEDC’s highest priorities.
  • September 15
    Lakeview’s persistent violations of federal particulate matter standards endangers public health and the environment.
  • September 5
    Preparing tomorrow’s advocates to defend our natural heritage
  • September 4
    Cleaning up and cooling down waterways
  • September 4
    Preserving our natural heritage
  • September 4
    Protecting and restoring wildlife and habitat
  • September 4
    Tackling the causes and impacts of global warming
  • Air
    September 4
    Fighting for clean air
  • November 2
    As sustainability becomes increasingly relevant in all academic and professional arenas, a new course offered in conjunction with the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership gives students of any major an introduction to the challenges of running a sustainable business and the laws and technicalities of sustainability in the business world.
  • 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.
  • May 9
    Read about Earthrise’s success protecting salmon from lethally hot temperatures in Oregon, our brief to the US Supreme Court regarding Waters of the United States, our legal fellow Ryan Shannon landing a job at Center for Biological Diversity and watch our new video on Zombie Permits, and getting a Forest Service fire break project dropped in southern California.
  • Earthrise Class 2016-2017
    February 28

    It’s time to apply to be a part of the Earthrise Clinic for the 2017-18 School Year! Deadline is March 24th. 

  • Bonneville Dam spillway–photo by Walter Siegmund
    May 5
    Yesterday, Earthrise and salmon won a hard fought battle when Judge Michael Simon rules the Salmon Biological Opinion utilized to operate the hydropower system on the Columbia and Snake Rivers was illegal.
  • March 17
    Read about our case to protect California Condors from Lead Ammunition, Dan Rohlf’s successful defense against a SLAPP Suit on Mt. Hood and Snow Basin Timber Sale was cancelled!
  • Meg Sheehan
    February 23

    Meg is a public interest environmental lawyer with over 30 years experience. She worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as a Staff Attorney at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority on the Boston Harbor cleanup.  She is a graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School.

    She is a native of Plymouth, Massachusetts and has served on the boards of several environmental organizations including the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Jones River Watershed Association and The Nature Conservancy/Massachusetts Chapter.

    She co-founded several campaigns, including the Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Taunton River Campaign and Cape Cod Bay Watch.  She has worked on land protection and advocacy representing a wide range of citizen groups throughout the U.S.  Recognition for her work includes the Briggs Leadership Award from the Wildlands Trust and the John O’Connor Grassroots Leadership Award from Clean Water Action. She enjoys rowing, hiking, knitting and spending time with her family.

  • November 30
    Read about our exciting win against EPA regarding Ballast Water; Earthrise wins precedent setting case in Jackson County against GE Crops; Staff Growth; Save the Date for the 20 Year Anniversary Party; Year End Giving!
  • Pileated woodpecker
    August 3
    Read about our victories in the Snow Basin Timber Sale and Buffalo River cases.
  • March 17

    Daniel Mensher currently practices Complex and Environmental Litigation at Keller Rohrback in Seattle, Washington. Before joining the firm, Dan was a Clinical Professor and Staff Attorney at Earthrise Law Center. He has litigated water and waste cases across the country and is experienced in administrative rulemaking processes. He has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rick Haselton of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Dan is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in History, as well as holding an M.S. in Geography from University of Wisconsin. He graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, receiving his J.D., with an Environmental Law Certificate, in 2007. He is an Executive Board Member for the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Committee as well as a Board Member for Northwest Environmental Defense Center.

  • March 17

    Alison Johnston Rue was the CEO and cofounder of InstaEDU, the largest marketplace for online tutoring, which was acquired by Chegg for $30 million in June 2014. Today, Alison is the Director of Marketing for Learning Services at Chegg. Prior to cofounding InstaEDU, she was an early team member at Box, Aardvark (acquired by Google), and Nextdoor. She also cofounded in-home tutoring company, Cardinal Scholars, which sold to CourseHero in 2012. In 2014, Alison was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Education. Alison is looking forward to helping Earthrise with business operations and marketing.

  • December 11
    Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality rejected a petition submitted on behalf of tens of thousands of Oregonians asking the agency to protect Oregon’s air from harmful new oil terminal pollution by requiring Global Partners to obtain a more protective air pollution permit.
  • September 7
    9/7/12 - On Wednesday, PEAC filed a complaint on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council demanding the US Forest Service use its authority to protect wildlife and humans from the dangers of lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona.
  • September 4
    Preparing tomorrow’s advocates to defend our natural heritage
  • September 4
    Cleaning up and cooling down waterways
  • September 4
    Preserving our natural heritage
  • September 4
    Tackling global warming and fighting for clean air
  • September 4
    Protecting and restoring wildlife and habitat
  • “They took a beautiful river and buried it in concrete.”
    July 26
    PEAC filed a complaint on July 19th in the Central District of Illinois alleging long-term and serious Clean Water Act violations.
  • Liv Brumfield
    July 17
    7/17/12 - Liv Brumfield, one of PEAC’s five summer externs, writes about her experience supporting a team of attorneys in a week-long Clean Water Act trial in Wisconsin district court.

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  • law-blogL&C Law School Snapshots tells the tale of students with different backgrounds, interests and observations. They blog about their unique law school experiences. Go

  • Bob Miller thumbnailRobert Miller, professor of law, blogs about issues facing indigenous communities, from education to economic development, criminal justice to casinos. Go

  • Jeremiah Rigsby JD ’14 was selected as chief of staff for CareOregon. Previously, Rigsby was CareOregon’s director of public policy and regulatory affairs, working extensively with health care policymakers in Salem and Washington, D.C. He has also served as the senior legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (2009–2011) and U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (2006–2009).

  • Anne Koch JD ’01 was elected president of the board of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA). Koch replaces Professor Lydia Loren, who served in the position for five years. OVLA provides a pro bono legal clinic, workshops, and resources for low-income creatives and small arts nonprofits. Koch has served as treasurer and board member of OVLA since 2014. You can learn more about OVLA at oregonvla.org.

  • Jess Pezley JD ’14 and Jeff Speir JD ’15 were married on May 18, 2019, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Members of the wedding party included Rhylee Smith JD ’14, Mai Aoki JD ’14, and Jacob Booher JD ’15. Attendees included Chelsea Stone JD ’14, Alyssa Mastic JD ’14, Lauren Vicharelli JD ’14, Jake Brooks JD ’14, Spencer Wilson JD ’15, Hannah Shangraw JD ’15, Kelsey Herman JD ’15, Jared Adler JD ’15, Ryan Shannon JD ’15, and Paul Kim JD ’16.

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14 wedding party

     

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14

  • Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14 were married on May 18, 2019, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Members of the wedding party included Rhylee Smith JD ’14, Mai Aoki JD ’14, and Jacob Booher JD ’15. Attendees included Chelsea Stone JD ’14, Alyssa Mastic JD ’14, Lauren Vicharelli JD ’14, Jake Brooks JD ’14, Spencer Wilson JD ’15, Hannah Shangraw JD ’15, Kelsey Herman JD ’15, Jared Adler JD ’15, Ryan Shannon JD ’15, and Paul Kim JD ’16.

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14 wedding party

     

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14

  • Dale S. MacHaffie JD ’80 has written Whale’s Tails, a novel that features parallel stories told through the activities of four young friends who live in two different centuries. College students Reggie and his best friend Tom have signed on as research assistants with an Oregon State University project based out of Newport, Oregon, that involves tagging humpback whales. Reggie’s ancestor George Page and George’s friend Thomas Payne live a scary and hard existence on a whaling ship in the 1850s. Reggie, who has inherited the journal in which George recorded his adventures, finds himself transported in his dreams back to the 1850s, where he shares George and Thomas’ experiences. Whale’s Tails, which is based on the real life of George Page, is filled with current events, whale facts, scientific observations, environmental crises—and action-packed adventure.

  • Caroline F. Brinster JD ’18 has joined Portland-based firm Gevurtz Menashe as a family law associate. Brinster will handle divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification for clients with legal matters in Oregon.

  • Tom Sherwin BA ’71, JD ’74 writes: “Yes, still active. Thirtieth year in practice as CEOResourcesInc.com. Not imaginative enough to have any idea what I would do if I retired, so I keep on doing something I really enjoy. My daughter, Mary, (yes I was a late-in-life dad), is entering her third year at Connecticut College. Think L&C, only overlooking the Thames River rather than the Willamette. Same liberal arts basis with 1,900 students. Ninety miles from home rather than 3,000! She’s going to Amsterdam in the spring to pursue her interest in social justice. I worked to bring together the first Japan ’69 group reunion (21 of 23 living members attended) as part of the L&C 150th Anniversary. It was very fulfilling for all of us.”

  • Brett Buckley JD ’80 is the recipient of the 2019 Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Outstanding Judge Award. Buckley is the presiding district court judge for Thurston County. “I am proud to contribute to and be a member of an organization that has a laser focus on its mission of ‘Serving Justice through Serving People.’ That mission statement served as an impetus for our procedural justice initiative in which we invited out-of-state evaluators to observe how judges and staff relate to all community members, with the aim of uncovering any problematic overt or implicit bias issues,” he says. His court recently created another program, the Court in Schools Initiative, that schedules actual small claims calendars in Thurston County high schools with the goal of showing students how the judicial branch operates. The court is also working to live stream all its proceedings. “The public is better served when the people doing the public’s work do so in the most transparent manner possible,” says Buckley.

  • Román Hernández JD ’00 has been named to the Lawyers of Color Nation’s Best List in recognition of his career accomplishments and commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Hernández, an employment and commercial litigation partner at the national law firm Troutman Sanders LLP, is a noted civil rights advocate and is highly involved in several diverse organizations, including the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • Kate Brown JD ’85, the governor of Oregon, was elected vice chair of the Western Governors’ Association. She joins incoming chair Doug Burgum, governor of North Dakota, in providing leadership for the association’s regional policy work. The Western Governors’ Association was established in 1984 to foster nonpartisan policy development, the exchange of information, and collective action on issues of critical importance to 19 Western states and 3 U.S. territories in the Pacific.

  • Tara Brock JD ’11 has joined Oceana as Pacific counsel and is based in Portland. Brock brings with her more than a decade of experience and a diverse background in ocean conservation, not only as an attorney but also through community organizing, policy expertise and advocacy, and communications outreach. Before joining Oceana, she worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Surfrider Foundation, M+R Strategic Services, Environment Michigan, and other organizations.

  • Christy Doornink JD ’03 was included by the Portland Business Journal in its “Forty Under 40.” She is the president and managing attorney of Reinisch Wilson Weier PC.

  • Jeremy Rogers JD ’17 was included by Portland Business Journal in its “Forty Under 40.” Rogers is the vice president of the Oregon Business Council.

  • Amy Robinson JD ’02 has joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP in their Vancouver, Washington, office. Robinson is a seasoned employment attorney with over 15 years of experience advising her clients on their ever-evolving employment law needs. She represents public and private employers throughout Washington and Oregon in a broad range of workplace-related issues. Robinson is also adept at guiding employers through policy and handbook creation, as well as crafting and negotiating a host of employment-related contracts, such as noncompete agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, and nondisclosure agreements. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and worked as a human resources professional for a variety of employers before she began her law career.

  • Michael R. McLane JD ’90, a state representative from Powell Butte (Oregon), will replace retiring Circuit Court Judge Dan Ahern for the 22nd Judicial District, Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 announced. The 22nd Judicial District covers Jefferson and Crook Counties. McLane, who has represented House District 55 since 2011, was the Republican leader of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2012 to 2018. He is a staff judge advocate in the Oregon Air National Guard, maintains a private business litigation practice, and, for two years, was a judge pro tempore on the Deschutes County Circuit Court. From 1994 to 2001, McLane served as chief executive officer of Flying Rhinoceros Inc., publisher of bilingual elementary curriculum materials and creator of a television cartoon series, which he cofounded.

  • Thomas Gibson JD ’97 has been appointed deputy secretary and special counsel for water at the California Natural Resources Agency, where he has been undersecretary since 2016 and served as general counsel from 2014 to 2016. Gibson was general counsel at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from 2008 to 2014. He was a partner at Best, Best, & Krieger from 2002 to 2008; an associate at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara from 1999 to 2002; and an associate at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard from 1997 to 1999.

  • Yoona Park JD ’07 was recently chosen by federal judges in the District of Oregon to serve as a Ninth Circuit lawyer representative. Park, an attorney with Stoll Berne, will represent the District of Oregon at the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Lawyer representatives serve three-year terms facilitating open communications between judges and attorneys in each of the Ninth Circuit’s 15 districts.

  • Stephanie Grant JD ’15 has joined the board of directors of Girls Build, which offers summer camps in several Oregon communities for girls 8–14 years old. The camps focus on building confidence through learning the basics of building, including carpentry, plumbing, electricity, and more. “I was raised to be handy person, helping my parents with repairs and maintenance,” says Grant. “I realized later as an adult how that experience was formative for my character. As soon as I heard about Girls Build, I knew I wanted to help spread their mission of inspiring confidence and curiosity in girls through teaching construction skills.” Grant is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s litigation department and represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of commercial and general business disputes.

  • Steve Brown JD ’89 was selected to serve as the associate judge of the Montana Water Court, effective February 6, 2019. The Water Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the adjudication of all water rights claims in Montana. Brown, who replaces retiring Judge Douglas Ritter, is currently the managing partner of the Garlington, Lohn and Robinson firm in Missoula. He has practiced water and natural resources and energy law in Montana since 1994 and has received multiple professional awards, including recognition as a Rocky Mountain Super Lawyer. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Whitworth College and is active in a variety of recreational pursuits, especially ultramarathons.

  • George Dingeldein JD ’14 has joined Landye Bennett Blumstein as a partner in the firm’s real estate and business law practices. With an extensive knowledge of the real estate and construction industries, Dingeldein helps clients during acquisitions, leasing, financing, contracts, and joint ventures, among other real estate matters. His approach to serving clients is based on mutual trust and guidance his relationships in the real estate market help Dingeldein position his clients for success.

  • Karla Raettig JD ’97 started as the executive director of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund in May 2019.

  • Dean N. Alterman JD ’89 reports that following the amicable split of the partners of Folawn Alterman & Richardson into a transactional firm and a litigation firm, he has formed Alterman Law Group PC (www.alterman.law) in downtown Portland. Alterman continues his practice in real estate, land use, and private business law.

  • Long form: University of California at Berkeley School of Law
    Short form: Berkeley Law
    Do not include Boalt Hall in the name of this school.

  • Micheline D’Angelis JD ’09 was the coauthor of “Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, and the International Law of Discovery,” which was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, 2011. The piece traces how Portugal, from the 15th century to the Brazilian independence in 1822, colonized Brazil using the International Law Doctrine of Discovery. D’Angelis and her coauthor demonstrate each of the 10 elements of the Doctrine of Discovery and how they were used by Portugal to subjugate the Indigenous populations of what would come to be known as the territory of Brazil.

  • Marcus H. Chong Tim JD ’06 was recognized by the Bonneville Power Administration with one of its highest honors at the Administrator’s Excellence Awards presentation on April 17, 2019. An assistant general counsel with BPA, Chong Tim received the Exceptional Service Award for his work with BPA’s utility customers, with whom he has developed long-standing relationships built on mutual respect and collaboration. He recently led negotiations that resulted in BPA’s ability to adopt a new transmission tariff and helped put BPA on a path to achieving its long-term goals.

    Elliot Mainzer of the Bonneville Power Administration congratulates Marcus Chong Tim JD ’06, wi...Elliot Mainzer of the Bonneville Power Administration congratulates Marcus Chong Tim JD ’06, winner of a BPA Exceptional Service Award.

  • Matthew Blythe JD ’13 and Rachael Federico JD ’13 welcomed their second daughter, Shoshana Wren Blythe, on April 25, 2019. Shoshana was born in Silverton, Oregon, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces. She is lovingly embraced by her big sister Henia Justine Blythe.

    Shoshana Wren Blythe Shoshana Wren Blythe

  • George Dingeldein JD ’14 has joined Landye Bennett Blumstein as a partner in the firm’s real estate and business law practices. With extensive knowledge of the real estate and construction industries, Dingeldein helps clients during acquisitions, leasing, financing, contracts, and joint ventures, among other real estate matters. His approach to serving clients is based on mutual trust and guidance; his relationships in the real estate market help him position his clients for success.

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