Vice-Chair, The Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section
Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section representative and Chair-Elect Diane Henkels is based in Portland, Oregon, and Newport, on Oregon’s central coast. Diane represents and serves clients in energy/utility matters, practices tribal and federal Indian law, provides general counsel services for business and nonprofit entities. Her case matters include providing technical consultation on renewable energy feasibility and project development, advocacy for small nonresidential customer class in energy regulatory proceedings before legislatures and public utility commissions. She frequently represent clients in Native American court systems and provides general counsel services to businesses with government contracting and certified businesses, benefit company matters, professional licensing, and other business law matters. She practices in Oregon including U.S. District Court and New York. She has served the public sector including work with the Oregon Department of Energy as a Senior Renewable Energy Policy Analyst, as in-house counsel with tribal governments working in natural resources, realty, and tribal justice infrastructure, and as a BLM Resource Advisory Committee for the Salem, Oregon, District, among other roles.
A leader in the Oregon State Bar’s (OSB) sustainability efforts, Diane served as a member of the OSB Sustainability Task Force in 2009 and chaired the OSB Environmental and Natural Resources Section facilitating transition to a new section, the Sustainable Future Section (SFS), in 2009, and now serves as the SFS Chair Elect. She received the OSB’s President’s Sustainability Award in 2012. Diane has presented and published often on law and sustainability, energy issues, and related topics for professional and lay audiences including lawyers and at University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark Law School and College. An avid bike commuter, Diane did not own a motor vehicle from 2012-2016, relying on car-sharing and electric vehicle for distance travel.
Diane has a B.A. in French Language and Literature from Whitman College, and, after completing U.S. Peace Corps service the Central African Republic, she earned a J.D. and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) from Vermont Law School. She completed her MELP with eight months of field work in Madagascar focusing on the nexus of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development and continues to assist the Development and Environmental Law Center there.