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ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN KROGER ANNOUNCES ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT TEAM

November 17, 2009

Stephanie M. Parent and Patrick A. Flanagan bring to DOJ extensive experience in enforcing environmental laws

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced the hiring of two new Oregon Department of Justice attorneys dedicated to enforcing state and federal environmental laws.

Patrick A. Flanagan is a former Clackamas County prosecutor and federal law enforcement officer with the U.S. National Park Service. Stephanie M. Parent, a former attorney with the federal government, spent the last 11 years representing environmental groups in litigation.

"Oregon has always been a nationwide leader in environmental protection," Attorney General Kroger said. "Stephanie Parent and Patrick Flanagan will help us continue that tradition."

Flanagan will head the Department of Justice's new Environmental Crimes Unit, which was created by the 2009 Senate Bill 797. That law authorized the Department of Justice to use existing funds to launch a new enforcement program focusing on violations of Oregon environmental laws.

"Patrick will bring good judgment and intensity to the Environmental Crimes Unit," said Greg Horner, Chief Deputy Clackamas County District Attorney. "He is a great addition to the AG's office."

Flanagan began his career in public service nearly 20 years ago with the U.S. Forest Service in wildlife biology. In addition to conducting species inventories, he worked on a trail crew and as a wildland firefighter. Flanagan then transferred to the National Park Service where he worked in Zion, Grand Canyon and Grand Teton National Parks as a federal law enforcement officer.

In 2000, Flanagan moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. While in law school, he clerked at the U.S. Attorney's Office and in the domestic violence unit of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Upon graduating in 2004, he went to work in the Clackamas County District Attorney's office.

Parent will work primarily in the Special Litigation Unit of the Oregon Department of Justice. A 1992 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, she was an Honors Attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and later for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environmental & Natural Resources Division.

From 1999 to 2007, Parent was the managing attorney for the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center at Lewis & Clark Law School. Since last year, she has provided legal and litigation counsel to environmental organizations concerning state and federal environmental law, including the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

"By hiring Stephanie Parent, DOJ shows its commitment to strong environmental expertise and efficient litigation of environmental enforcement cases in Oregon," said Dick Pedersen, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality. "We look forward to working with Stephanie in enforcing Oregon law to protect our environment."

"Stephanie Parent is one of the most respected environmental enforcement attorneys in the Northwest and her hiring is a strong sign that DOJ and DEQ are serious about increasing environmental enforcement in Oregon," said Mark Riskedahl, executive director for Northwest Environmental Defense Center.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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