About Us

Mission

The Environmental and Natural Resource Section’s mission is to:

  1. Expand section members’ legal skills, and improve their knowledge of environmental and natural resources law;
  2. Facilitate communication and networking among legal professionals working on environmental and natural resource issues; and
  3. Encourage professionalism and foster ethical lawyering.

CLE and Networking Opportunities

Each year the section organizes several events for its members to gather for educational and/or networking opportunities, including:

  • Free brownbag CLEs on timely legal topics;
  • Annual full-day CLE providing updates on developing areas of natural resource and environmental law, culminating with a hosted networking reception;
  • Section organized field trips where members can visit and speak with other legal practitioners or industries (e.g., past opportunities include a tour of Bonneville Dam, a visit to a salmon cannon, and a boat tour of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site); and
  • Annual holiday gathering in conjunction with the Section’s annual meeting, elections, and award ceremony.

Publications

The Section publishes two regular newsletters:

  • E-Outlook – a short bulletin distributed approximately five times per year that typically contains an article on timely judicial, statutory, or regulatory developments; and
  • Case Notes – a periodical summary of recent case law addressing natural resource and environmental issues.

ENR Books

The Section also takes responsibility for updating the Oregon State Bar’s Environmental and Natural Resource Section DeskBook. The BarBook is available online through the OSB’s member pages, and hard copies may be purchased through the Oregon State Bar Website.

Diversity & Inclusion Employer Matching Grant
In 2021, with a growing budget surplus due to pandemic-related limitations on hosting Section events and activities, the ENR Section voted to include in its 2022 budget $3,000 to fund an employer matching grant through the OSB Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Department. The ENR Section-funded employer matching grant is designated for an Oregon law student working in a summer position focused in environmental or natural resources law and will be matched by the qualifying employer. All students enrolled in Oregon law schools are eligible for the grant and the D&I Department administers the grant to ensure compliance with Keller and Fisher limitations and selects grant recipients. The 2022 recipient of the ENR Section-funded grant is Jenna Ayers, a student at Willamette Law School; Jenna spent her summer working with Western Environmental Law Center.
Supporting an employer matching grant through the D&I Department furthers OSB and the Section’s mission of improving the quality of legal services and increasing access to justice in the field of environmental and natural resources law. The ENR Section will consider funding the grant again as part of its 2023 budget at its November 2022 meeting. If the Section votes to continue funding the grant, it will request that the D&I Department rotate the grant recipients between each of Oregon’s law schools and among different sectors of employment in the environmental and natural resources practice.