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August 28, 2009

Environmental and Natural Resources Program Announces Leadership Changes

Oregon Law recently announced that Heather Brinton has been appointed Managing Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program.

Ms. Brinton is a 1996 graduate of Oregon Law and served as a judicial clerk before practicing law. Her legal practice encompassed a number of environmental areas, including land use, water, environmental, public utility, and local government law, and a stint as a staff attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center.


She returned to the law school in 2005 where she has served as the ENR Program’s Assistant Director. In that capacity, Brinton has administered the Program’s interdisciplinary projects, supervised its law student fellows, and also has taught Climate Law and Policy.  


“Heather Brinton has been a major force underlying our many successes,” said Dean Margie Paris.  “I’m confident that the program will thrive under her leadership.”


Joining her on the ENR Program’s leadership team will be Mary Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, who will serve as the program’s Faculty Director. Professor Wood was the program’s founding director, and she has an international reputation in the fields of natural resources law, climate crisis, and native law issues. In addition to her work as the ENR Program’s founding director, Professor Wood is a Faculty Leader for four of the program’s major projects: Conservation Trust; Global Environmental Democracy project; Sustainable Land Use; and Native Environmental Sovereignty. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School, clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced with the Perkins Coie firm before joining the Oregon Law faculty.

Professor Mary Wood will provide faculty guidance for the program during Professor Adell Amos’s leave of absence.  Professor Amos recently accepted a position as the Deputy Solicitor for Land and Water for the United States Department of the Interior.  


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