JD Student in Portland, Oregon
A J.D. student at Lewis & Clark Law School, Zach Pilchen has been accepted for a spring 2013, clinical position with the local U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland. His focus will be on the prosecution of criminal misdemeanors related to federal environmental regulations. Working under the guidance of an attorney, Zach Pilchen is set to participate in all aspects of investigations, including court appearances, charging, and sentencing.
Mr. Pilchen's upcoming assignment builds on successful completion of the Office of Civil Enforcement's Honors Law Clerk Program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). His summer 2012 Washington, D.C., clerkship involved close coordination with EPA attorneys in pursuing litigation strategies under the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Zach Pilchen evaluated litigation risks and complied deposition-based evidence, as well as prepared documentation for settlement negotiations.
Zach Pilchen pursued his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Environmental Policy at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Graduating in 2010, he began his legal studies in Portland the same year and gained distinction in the Lewis & Clark First Year Moot Court Program, receiving awards for Outstanding Oral Advocacy and Outstanding Appellate Brief. Mr. Pilchen continued to participate in moot court activities in 2012 through the National Moot Court Competition, where he was a National Finalist and his team had the third-highest ranked appellate brief.
Zach Pilchen currently serves as Teaching Assistant for the Advanced Legal Writing course with Lewis & Clark Law School's Legal Writing Department. In this role, he provides upper-level students with assistance in diverse assignments, including the drafting of complaints, statutes, demand letters, and judicial opinions. From August 2011 to May 2012, Zach Pilchen was a member of the Ninth Circuit Environmental Review and published a number of case summaries in the periodical.