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Sarah Liljefelt

Sarah Liljefelt Sarah Liljefelt was born and raised in California during a time of serious drought. Her upbringing impressed on her the great importance of water resources in the face of finite supply. Having lived in the arid states of California and Utah, and now in Oregon, Sarah has witnessed first-hand the impact that water resources have on landscapes and people, and is dedicated to serving water users in the West.

Sarah focuses her practice on water rights review, permitting, transfers, and cancellation; water-related real property issues (easements, licenses, and right-of-ways); real property disputes (prescription, adverse possession, and condemnation); public records, meetings, and contracting compliance; administrative contested cases; and state and federal litigation.

Education

J.D., Cum Laude, Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 2010

  • Lewis & Clark Law Review Research Editor
  • Lewis & Clark Scholar List, Dean’s Scholarship recipient
  • Hattie Bratzel-Kremen Foundation Scholarship recipient
  • Moot Court Competition Outstanding Oral Advocate Award

B.S., magna cum laude, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah: Environmental Studies and Philosophy

  • Dean’s List
  • Service Learning Scholar
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon: State, 2010; Federal, 2012
  • California, 2011
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012

Associations & Memberships

  • Oregon Cattle Women, Vice President (see article)
  • Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, member
  • Oregon Farm Bureau, member
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Natural Resources Division, Executive Committee Member & E-Outlook Editor
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Oregon Women Lawyers, “Dragonflies” Dragon Boat Team Member
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Student Mentor
  • Oregon State Bar Association, New Lawyer Mentor

Publications

  • Orders in Other than Contested Cases, Oregon State Bar BarBooks, 2010 and 2016 Updates
  • State Strategies for Sustainable Groundwater Management & California’s New Act, United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, 2015
  • Oregon Water Resources Year in Review, American Bar Association, 2011-2012, 2015
  • Klamath Adjudication Update: The Administrative Phase is Complete, Now onto Judicial Review, The Water Report, 2013
  • Water Takings Update, Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section E-Outlook, 2012
  • RS 2477: Public Right-of Ways in an Era of Administrative Avoidance, Nevada Lawyer, 2012
  • Domestic Water System Disputes: Can Old Water Systems Learn New Tricks?, United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, 2012
  • Aquacides: To Permit or not to Permit, That is the Question, United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, 2011
  • Water Use & Urbanization: The Truckee River Operating Agreement, United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, 2011
  • Domestic Groundwater Exemptions, Willamette Law Review, 2011
  • Montana v. Wyoming and North Dakota, Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section E-Outlook and Case Notes, 2011
  • Debrah Noble and David Hillison v. Oregon Water Resources Department, Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section E-Outlook, 2011
  • Using State Water Law for Efficient Water Use in the West, United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, 2010

Presentations

  • Know Your Water Rights, Oregon Cattle Women Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Water Supply in a Time of Drought, moderator: Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section Annual CLE, 2015
  • Water in the Klamath Basin, Oregon: American National Cattlewomen Association Region V Meeting, 2015
  • Klamath Basin Adjudication, The Past, The Present, and The Future, OSU Extension, 2014
  • Presentation of Various Published Papers, United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, 2011 and 2012

Sarah’s Posts

Sarah is the author of several posts on the firm’s Water Law Blog.

About Sarah

Sarah enjoys cooking, paddling, hiking, and camping.SarahPlay She competes on the Oregon Women Lawyers’ dragon boat team, the Dragonflies. Her first career was as a professional ballet dancer.

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