Heather Brinton is the Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. She has co-taught Climate Law & Policy and currently teaches and is the faculty supervisor for the environmental law externships.
As ENR's Director, Brinton administers seven interdisciplinary projects: the Conservation Trust Project; the Energy Law and Policy Project; the Food Resiliency Project; the Global Environmental Democracy Project; the Native Environmental Sovereignty Project; the Oceans, Coast and Watersheds Project; and the Sustainable Land Use Project. All of these projects conduct research and analysis and provide innovative solutions to today's environmental problems.
Ms. Brinton began her career as judicial clerk to the Honorable Raymond R. Bagley in Clackamas County, Oregon. She went on to represent municipalities on land use, water, environmental, public utility and local governmental law at Hutchison, Hammond and Walsh in West Linn, Oregon. Just prior to joining the law school administration, Ms. Brinton litigated public interest environmental law cases as a staff attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center in Eugene, Oregon.
Ms. Brinton is a graduate of the University of Oregon (J.D. 1996) and Sweet Briar College (A.B. 1992).