Professor Sarah Adams-Schoen joined the Touro Law Center faculty in 2012. She currently teaches Environmental Law, Environmental Criminal Law and Property and directs the Law Center’s Institute on Land Use & Sustainable Development Law. Professor Adams-Schoen was previously a Visiting Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where she also taught Northwest Energy Law and Federal White Collar Criminal Law.
After receiving her Master’s in Public Policy, Professor Adams-Schoen worked as a senior policy analyst for Portland, Oregon’s Metro Regional Government, where she continued to work while earning her J.D. Before joining the Lewis & Clark faculty, she worked as a criminal defense attorney for Janet Hoffman & Associates, one of Oregon's top criminal defense firms, where she handled complex environmental and other state and federal white collar cases. Prior to that, she worked as a civil and regulatory litigator at Stoel Rives, a 400-attorney firm with 11 offices in 7 states in the Western U.S., gaining environmental, energy, regulatory, and administrative law experience. While at Stoel Rives, she managed the firm’s pro bono clinic. She is the past chair of OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon.
In her role as the inaugural director of the Institute on Land Use & Sustainable Development Law, Professor Adams-Schoen manages a number of projects related to land use or sustainability, including a model ordinance wind energy project and a project related to community disaster recovery. She is the manager and primary contributor to the Institute’s blog Touro Law Land Use [link to blog]. To learn more about the Institute click here.
Professor Adams-Schoen earned a Masters in Public Policy with distinction from the London School of Economics and a J.D. magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Professor Adams-Schoen is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Municipal Lawyer, a publication of the New York State Bar Association, and an associate editor of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD. She also participates in the Environmental Law Collaborative (ELC), a group of environmental law scholars who meet semi-annually to address pressing environmental concerns.
She is admitted to the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar for the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Planning Association. She is an active participant in the NYSBA Municipal Law and Environmental Law sections, and the ABA State and Local Government Law section and the Section of Energy, Environment & Resources. Professor Adams-Schoen is the liaison from the ABA State and Local Government Law section to the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.