L&C in the News

The voices of Lewis & Clark community members regularly appear in the national, regional, and local news media. Check out these noteworthy stories.

Harper’s Magazine

For more than a century, economic sanctions have been used as tools to advance international policy. But Lewis & Clark professor Pauls Toutonghi, recounting a recent visit to Aleppo (a city that generations of his family called home), reveals the devastating impact sanctions have on the people who are subject to dictators whose rule remains intact. 


ABA Journal

Lewis & Clark Professor Jo Perini-Abbott helped lead efforts in Oregon to provide an alternative to the bar examination, one in which law school graduates complete an apprenticeship under a supervising attorney. The alternative relieves the financial burden many new graduates face when they spend months studying for the exam, and it provides better career development than the high-stakes test. “So many of the mistakes that young attorneys get in trouble for can be avoided with a period of close mentorship at the beginning of a career,” observes Perini-Abbott. The program is in its first year, but one measurable result is that five students are pursuing the pathway to practice public sector law, notes Lewis & Clark Associate Dean John Parry.


Jefferson Public Radio

Rural Josephine County might change its charter in an effort to assert more local autonomy.  But, explains Lewis & Clark Professor Chad Jacobs, local jurisdictions are still legally bound to abide by statewide measures – a position that has been backed by recent court decisions.


Ashland Chronicle

In honor of PRIDE month, the Oregon Health Authority is sharing resources to help LGBTQ+ kids and families thrive. The list includes the TransActive Gender Project, a national resource housed at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, which provides courses, services, and expertise to empower transgender and gender-expansive children/youth, their families, and the teachers, medical professionals, counselors, clergy, and other adults who work with these children and youth.



Lewis & Clark Professor David Schraub is a nationally renowned scholar on legal definitions of antisemitism.  But when it comes to understanding the relationship between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, Schraub argues we may be getting the terms of the debate wrong.  



For the first time in US history, a former president has been convicted of a felony (or 34 felony counts, to be exact).  Lewis & Clark Professor Michele Okoh explains the legal ramifications of the verdict, and what it might mean for the 2024 presidential election.


San Francisco Gazetteer

Would knowing a defendant fought extradition for three years prejudice a jury? Defense attorneys in a current high-profile fraud case being heard in the federal court in San Francisco have made that argument.  But Lewis & Clark Professor John Parry explains why that might not be the case. “Extradition suggests not just a legal process, but an unwilling process, and arguably it suggests that this is a really serious matter — we don’t seek extradition of people for petty crimes,” Parry said. “On the other hand, the jury already knows that this is a serious matter — we are talking about an $11 billion deal allegedly procured by fraud.”


OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The many failures in the rollout of the new FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) portal have taken a huge toll on students and families, even as admissions and financial aid staff have rallied to support them through the process. Eric Staab, vice president for admissions and financial aid at Lewis & Clark, explains that the problems may persist into next year. “There’s genuine worry and concern among people in higher education that next year is still going to be very complicated because the federal government hasn’t even begun the process of putting together the aid application form for next year,” said Staab. “Normally the Education Department would have finalized that by February. And here we are in May.”