Nicholas Fromherz

Adjunct Faculty Law


Nick Fromherz served as Latin American Program Director for the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (the Global Law Alliance), a collaboration launched in the fall of 2020 between the Center for Animal Law Studies and the Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School. The Global Law Alliance is a champion for wild animals and wild spaces across the globe, working to protect animals and the environment through the development, implementation, and enforcement of international law. Law students (JD and LLM) actively participate in the work through two clinics within the Alliance.

Prior to joining the Global Law Alliance, Nick worked as an attorney for a public-interest law firm dedicated to conserving marine wildlife around the world. Combining this experience with his considerable time living and working in Latin America, Nick expands the Global Law Alliance’s footprint in the Americas while building on its existing fisheries program and international wildlife practice.

Previously, Nick served as a Visiting Assistant Professor, teaching courses within Lewis & Clark’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program. Since 2015, Nick has taught Administrative Law at Lewis & Clark Law School during several summer sessions as an Adjunct Professor.

Nick’s scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, the Ecology Law Quarterly, the West Virginia Law Review, Administrative Law Review, and Animal Law Review. In addition, he has written a number of shorter opinion pieces – with a particular focus on Latin American political and environmental issues – in outlets like Foreign Affairs and the International Policy Digest.

Before transitioning to environmental work, Nick served as a litigation attorney for a law firm in California and spent three years clerking for federal judges (Judge Lawson of E.D. Mich. and Judge Terence Evans of the Seventh Circuit). Nick graduated as the valedictorian of his law-school class. Nick is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.

Away from work, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching college sports, and exploring Bolivia’s wild spaces. Nick works for the Global Law Alliance primarily from his home office in Bolivia.

Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions

Academic Credentials

  • BA 2003 University of Oregon
  • JD 2006 University of San Diego School of Law, summa cum laude


Law Review Articles

  • The Endangered Species Act as Applied to Captive Animals: Sea Shepherd Legal’s Amicus Brief in PETA v. Miami Seaquarium, 24 Animal Law Review 277 (2018) (with Brett W. Sommermeyer)
  • Choosing a Court to Review the Executive, 67 Administrative Law Review 1 (2015) (with Joseph W. Mead)
  • From Consultation to Consent: Community Approval as a Prerequisite to Environmentally Significant Projects, 116 West Virginia Law Review 109 (2013)
  • A Call for Stricter Appellate Review of Decisions on Forum Non Conveniens, 11Washington University Global Studies Law Review 527 (2012)
  • The Case for a Global Treaty on Soil Conservation, Sustainable Farming, and the Preservation of Agrarian Culture, 39 Ecology Law Quarterly 57 (2012)
  • Equal Standing with States: Tribal Standing and Sovereignty after Massachusetts v. EPA, 29 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 130 (2010) (with Joseph W. Mead)
  • Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: 2010 Year in Review,17 Law and Business Review of the Americas 637 (2011) (with Laurel Pyke Malson et al.)
  • Assuming Too Much: An Analysis of Brown v. Sanders, 43 San Diego Law Review 401 (2006)

Other Publications

  • In Bolivia’s Quest to Regain the Pacific, Political Posturing is More Afterthought than Motivator, International Policy Digest (Jan. 5, 2012)
  • Protests Here, Protests There: Mass Demonstrations and the State of Democracy in the U.S. and Bolivia, International Affairs Forum (Nov. 7, 2011)
  • The Rise and Fall of Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Foreign Affairs (Oct. 18, 2011)
  • Clean Technology Deserves Government Support, The Statesman Journal (June 26, 2011).
  • Getting the Upjohn Warning Right in Internal Investigations, 17 No. 2 Practical Litigator 59 (2006) (with Ivonne M. King)