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Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

2013 Symposium Speakers

Energy and the Environment: 
Examining Trends in the Production and Regulation of Electricity

University of Oregon School of Law
Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation
October 5, 2013

Dean Adell Amos

Adell L. Amos is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. In 2011, Professor Amos returned to the School of Law after serving in Washington, D.C. for two years as Deputy Solicitor for Land and Water Resources in the United States Department of the Interior.

Professor Amos joined the law school faculty after practicing environmental and natural resources law with the Solicitor's Office, Division of Parks and Wildlife at the Department of the Interior. She represented and advised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service on state and federal water rights issues including work involving the Klamath, Snake, Columbia, Middle Rio Grande, and Gunnison River Basins. She provided legal advice on the interaction of water law with other environmental statutes including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Federal Power Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.

Professor Amos teaches Administrative Law, Water Resources Law, Wildlife Law, Oregon Water Law and Policy, Energy Law, Environmental Conflict Resolution, and Civil Procedure. Her scholarship addresses citizen participation in water rights adjudications, the relationship between federal and state governments on water resource management, and the role of administrative agencies in setting national and local water policy. She has published broadly in the field of water law including, "The Use of State Instream Flow Laws for Federal Lands: Respecting State Control while Meeting Federal Purposes" in Environmental Law; "Hydropower Reform and the Impact of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 on the Klamath Basin" in the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation; and "Advancing Freshwater Conservation in the Context of Energy and Climate Policy" in the Denver Water Law Review. She frequently speaks on water, energy, and climate topics, and recently finished a grant funded project with The Nature Conservancy on freshwater conservation in Oregon.

Professor Amos earned her B.A. in 1995 from Drury College and her J.D. in 1998 from the University of Oregon (Coif). After law school, Amos clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Proctor Hug Jr. She is a member of the Missouri bar, admitted 1999.

Jason Busch

Jason Busch is Executive Director of Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET), a nonprofit public-private partnership funded by the Oregon Innovation Council to support the responsible development of ocean energy in Oregon and the jobs this new industry will create. 

Oregon Wave Energy Trust serves as a connector for all stakeholders involved in ocean energy project development – from research and development to early stage community engagement and final deployment and energy generation – positioning Oregon as the North American leader in this nascent industry, and delivering its full economic and environmental potential for the state. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust was named a finalist in Sustainable Business Oregon’s 2012 Innovation in Sustainability awards. 

Mr. Busch has been closely involved in the Oregon Territorial Sea Planning (TSP) process and the development of a grid-connected test site in Oregon. He serves as a liaison between the state, stakeholders and ocean energy developers to ensure the TSP is balanced between current and future ocean users. 

Prior to joining Oregon Wave Energy Trust, Mr. Busch was Principal at Sustainable Legal Solutions LLC, where he provided legal services specializing in renewable energy company start-ups and project development. Previously, he was an attorney for Ater Wynne and Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Busch holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 2006 from the University Of Oregon School Of Law, graduating with honors and admitted to the Order of the Coif. 

Mr. Busch is actively involved in both business and community organizations. He is on the Energy Trust of Oregon Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Territorial Sea Plan Rulemaking Project Committee, Northwest Marine Renewable Energy Center Mobile Ocean Test Berth Advisory Committee, and is outgoing vice-chair of the Steering Committee for Oregon League of Conservation Voters of Multnomah County. Mr. Busch also serves on the board of Northwest Neighborhood Energy. In 2012, Mr. Busch received the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) Up & Coming Lawyer Award.

Megan Hooker

Megan Hooker is the Associate Stewardship Director with American Whitewater, and primarily works with the Pacific Northwest and California Stewardship Directors to restore and protect flows to rivers throughout the region and ensure the public’s ability to enjoy them safely. She has had a deep passion for river protection for most of her life, sparked by river trips with friends and family on rivers throughout the Southwest and Pacific Northwest during her formative years. Megan earned a master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School in 2004, and works with the American Whitewater team to restore flows to rivers through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s dam relicensing process, protect rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and much more. Prior to joining American Whitewater, she worked for over three years as a legal and development assistant at a public interest environmental law center. She also has experience reviewing state agency files and drafting 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue letters for industrial storm water, municipal wastewater, toxic waste, and dredge and fill violations under the Clean Water Act. Megan grew up in Northern Arizona, and after being away from the high desert for over 10 years, is excited to call Bend, Oregon her new home.

Clayton Hawkes

Clayton received his MS from the University of Alaska. His graduate school work focused on parasites of Alaska king crab. After several years of field work in Alaska he was hired by the National Marine Fisheries Service-Northwest Region to work on Clean Water Act reviews and Federal Power Act relicensing, including Condit Dam, Leaburg-Walterville, and the North Umpqua hydroelectric projects. He wrote NMFS's §18 prescription for adult and juvenile fish passage at Condit dam, which ultimately led to an EIS examining dam removal as a viable means to achieve fish passage and negotiations with PacifiCorp about dam removal. Later at the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, he continued to organize meetings with river advocates to coordinate and plan strategy. In 1996, he returned to Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) to work on FERC licensing until 2003. Since 2003 he has worked on community fisheries in Cambodia as a VSO volunteer and with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (2004-2006), as a Federal Aid Coordinator with ADF&G (2007-2009), and on endangered Atlantic salmon/transportation issues in Maine with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (2009-2011). Recently he moved back to NMFS-Portland to work on listed salmon in Oregon.

Mr. Hawkes is presenting at the symposium in his personal capacity, not as a representative of NMFS. The subject of Mr. Hawkes' talk no longer relates to his official duties at NMFS, and Mr. Hawkes' talk does not draw on any ideas or official data that are not publicly available.

John Sample

John Sample is an Assistant General Counsel at PacifiCorp Energy, an electric utility serving customers in six western states.  Mr. Sample focuses his practice on environmental and regulatory compliance issues, particularly in the hydroelectric and wind energy arenas.  For over 10 years, he has provided legal advice to PacifiCorp regarding hydroelectric licensing and decommissioning.  Mr. Sample has directly participated in numerous decommissioning efforts for PacifiCorp including: the Condit dam, in Washington; the American Fork dam, in Utah; the Cove dam, in Idaho, and the Powerdale dam, in Oregon.  Among other things, his duties include ensuring PacifiCorp has all necessary permits and authorizations to undertake its decommissioning activities and that the permits are in a form acceptable to the company.  Mr. Sample also advises the company regarding environmental litigation, water rights and water quality issues, particularly as they relate to PacifiCorp’s hydroelectric assets. 

Prior to PacifiCorp, Mr. Sample worked for the Oregon Water Resources Department, in the hydroelectric section, where he represented OWRD’s interests in several Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing proceedings for major hydroelectric projects. 

Mr. Sample is a 1992 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, where he received certificates of completion in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and in Ocean and Coastal Law.

Jeanette Burkhardt

Jeanette Burkhardt is a watershed planner for Yakama Nation Fisheries—a program of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation—who works in the southern ceded lands of the Yakama Nation. The Yakama Nation Reservation encompasses 1.3 million acres in southwestern Washington. Further, the Yakama Nation has traditional use of over 11 million acres where the Yakama People have hunted, fished, gathered, and practiced religious ceremonies since time immemorial. The Yakama Nation works closely with state, federal, and local governments, NGOs, and the public to protect and restore the aquatic resources the Nation has traditionally honored.

Since 2005, Ms. Burkhardt has been involved in salmon recovery and other regional planning efforts, including land use planning, education & outreach, and restoration projects in the White Salmon River basin. Ms. Burkhardt works closely with biologists, attorneys, and Tribal Council members in the Yakama Nation’s quest to protect the Columbia River Basin and the tribe’s heritage. Ms. Burkhardt has a B.A. from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Ms. Burkhardt will share—on behalf of the Yakama Nation—the Nation’s experiences in the collaborative effort to decommission Condit Dam on the White Salmon River, the second largest dam removal effort in the United States to date.

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