Environmental Law

A journal investigating issues of environment law and policy on a local, national and international level.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring

Billy Williamson: Professor as Pioneer
In the great tradition of his home state of Oregon, Bill Williamson is an environmental law pioneer. If not for him, you would not be reading this one hundred and eighth issue of Environmental Law. In his first year at our law school, Billy conceived...
Grizzly Bear Blues: A Case Study of the Endangered Species Act's Delisting Process and Recovery Plan Requirements
The fundamental purpose of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is to prevent species from becoming extinct. Once this goal is achieved, section 4 of the Act provides a framework for recovering a listed species to the point where it no longer needs the...
Lessons for an Endangered Movement: What a Historical Juxtaposition of the Legal Response to Civil Rights and Environmentalism Has to Teach Environmentalists Today
Environmentalism and civil rights are the twentieth century's two most Important social movements, yet despite their divergent histories, they today share a common position--one where waning public support has placed both movements in potential peril....
Our Sedimentation Boxes Runneth Over: Public Lands Soil Law as the Missing Link in Holistic Natural Resource Protection
Soil is a critical component of nearly every ecosystem in the world, sustaining life in a variety of ways--from production of biomass to filtering, buffering, and transforming water and nutrients. While there are dozens of federal environmental laws...
Public Trust and Distrust: The Theoretical Implications of the Public Trust Doctrine for Natural Resource Management
This Comment reviews the theoretical underpinnings of the public trust, a doctrine originating in Roman common law and now constitutionalized by many states, and explores its contentious reception by green legal theorists. Since Professor Joseph Sax's...
Remembering Bill Williamson
I first met Bill when I was interviewing for a teaching position at Lewis & Clark, in January of 1977. I was a member of the University of Wisconsin faculty, then visiting at Vanderbilt, and looking to move to the Portland area. After fighting...
The Babbitt Legacy at the Department of the Interior: A Preliminary View
Bruce Babbitt was perhaps the most qualified individual to ever hold the post of Secretary of the Interior. He combined experience, enthusiasm, and a commitment to environmental protection and restoration to pursue the radical improvement of public...
Tribute
BILL WILLIAMSON: THE HALCYON BY RONALD B. LANSING(*) Thirty-six years ago, Northwestern College of Law was a downtown Portland, unaccredited, evening law school taught by practicing attorneys and judges. It had been in operation for a half century;...