REBECCA L. BERNARD, Senior Attorney

RebeccaBernardRebecca L. Bernard has practiced environmental and natural resources law for nearly 20 years. Ms. Bernard has provided legal counsel and representation to Alaska Native corporations and villages, conservation organizations, community groups, and others on a wide range of matters under the major federal environmental laws as well as Alaska and California state law. Ms. Bernard has appeared on behalf of clients in federal and state courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Alaska Supreme Court, and she has advocated for clients on matters before federal and state resource agencies and legislative committees. Ms. Bernard’s substantive expertise spans the major environmental laws—including the Alaska National Interest Lands Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Surface Mining Control & Reclamation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act—as well as Alaska state laws governing state lands, mining, water and air quality, and coastal zone management.

Ms. Bernard graduated from Stanford Law School in 1995, after which she clerked for Senior Judge Joseph T. Sneed III of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. While at Stanford, Ms. Bernard was actively involved in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, including a year as its co-editor-in-chief, and helped to establish the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic. Ms. Bernard earned a B.A. with Distinction from Swarthmore College in 1986, and she spent the next six years before entering law school working for The Nature Conservancy in California and Texas.

Ms. Bernard has published articles in scholarly journals and made numerous appearances as a panelist and speaker, including several years as a regular speaker at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s annual seminar on the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Ms. Bernard spends her free time exploring the outdoors and otherwise enjoying life with her husband and two young sons.

Sample Publications

· Thomas G. Yocom & Rebecca L. Bernard, Mitigation of Impacts from Large-Scale Hardrock Mining in Bristol Bay Watersheds, SEATTLE JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (March 2013), available at

· Thomas G. Yocom & Rebecca L. Bernard, Challenges in Mitigating Wetland Impacts of Large-Scale Hardrock Mining in Bristol Bay Watersheds, NATIONAL WETLANDS NEWSLETTER (March/April 2013).

· Rebecca L. Bernard, Must the Public Pay Miners Not To Pollute? A Takings Analysis of a Proactive §404(c) Action in Bristol Bay, Alaska, 42 Envt’l Law Rep. News & Analysis 10649 (July 2012).

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