Adell L. Amos holds the Clayton R. Hess Professorship at the University of Oregon School of Law and serves as the Executive Director of the UO’s Environment Initiative. She teaches regularly in the nationally ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, including courses in Water Law, Federal Administrative Law, Environmental Conflict Resolution, and Oregon Water Law and Policy. Her teaching and scholarship have been recognized by the UO Fund for Faculty Excellence and the Hollis Teaching Awards. Her most recent research focuses on the integration of law and policy into hydrologic and socioeconomic modeling for the Willamette River Basin through a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary effort funded by the NOAA and the National Science Foundation.
Professor Amos earned her B.A in 1995 from Drury College and her J.D. in 1998 from the University of Oregon (Coif). She is a member of the Missouri bar, admitted in 1999. After law school, Amos clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for The Honorable Procter Hug, Jr. (then Chief Judge). Amos first joined the faculty in 2005 after practicing environmental and natural resources law with the U.S. Department of Interior. In 2008, Amos returned to Washington DC to serve in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Solicitor for Land and Water Resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Amos returned to the UO School of Law in 2011 as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Amos’ research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy, Nature Sustainability, as well as many law reviews and journals. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Hewlett Foundation’s Open Rivers Fund. In recognition of her work on water law and policy, she served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School and has been a frequent keynote speaker and panelist for a wide range of organizations including the National Judicial College, Washington University, American Water Resources Association, the Oregon Legislative Caucus, the Federal District Court Conference, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and the Wingspread Foundation. Her work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce – NOAA Fisheries, Natural Resources Defense Council, the NorthLight Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, among others.
Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center and Pro Tem Instructor
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).
Environment Initiative Project Manager
Jill Elizabeth serves as the Environment Initiative Project Manager at the UO. Prior to taking on this role, Jill managed the academic policies and operations for the School of Law’s four curricular programs – JD, LLM, CRES Master’s, and Legal Studies minor. As the delegate Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Law, Jill acted as the liaison between the Graduate School and the School of Law, promoting opportunities and connections for students across programs. For the past twenty years, her efforts have been dedicated both to furthering the excellence of the UO and to supporting the enrichment and success of the three fabulous humans under her care. Jill holds a MS in Educational Leadership and Policy from the UO and a BA in Philosophy and German from Calvin College.
In her role as an executive assistant, Noemi Sepe provides support to Charles Lee Triplett III, associate vice president for academic infrastructure, Sung-Woo Cho the assistant vice provost for academic data analytics, and Adell Amos the Environment Initiative director. Prior to coming to the University of Oregon, Noemi worked in human resources and accounting within various industries. Noemi holds a BS in business from Channel Island State University in Southern California.