Eugene, Ore., (May 19, 2016) -- The University of Oregon School of Law Academic Dean Adell Amos (J.D. ’98) has been asked by Gov. Kate Brown to serve on the Senate Bill 202 Task Force. The group will study the value to the State of Oregon of independent scientific review of natural resource questions.
Senate Bill 202, recently passed by the Oregon legislature, reflects an interest in evaluating whether the State of Oregon would benefit from a program that would provide an independent review option for scientific information. The bill requires that a task force “evaluate and assess the need for independent scientific reviews in Oregon and make appropriate recommendations” to the governor and appropriate legislative committees.
Members of the task force represent various research sectors—academic and non-academic, public and private—including representatives from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.
"Adell's work on this task force is a wonderful example of a talented scholar engaging on questions that matter to the public," said Michael Moffitt, dean of the School of Law. Amos is a part of UO’s nationally ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and regularly teaches courses in Water Law, Federal Administrative Law, Environmental Conflict Resolution, and Oregon Water Law and Policy.
"I'm honored to serve,” says Amos, "on this important task force as we examine the role of independent scientific review of natural resource science here in Oregon."
Amos, Clayton R. Hess Professor of Law, is an expert in water law and policy, natural resource law, and resource management. She is especially well versed in policy and law related to public lands, conservation, wilderness, and hydrology.
In 2009, Amos was appointed by President Obama as the deputy solicitor for land and water resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior. There, she oversaw legal and policy issues involving the nation’s water resources and public lands.