B.A., summa cum laude, The University of New Mexico
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School; Certificate in Environmental Law; Articles Editor, Lewis & Clark law review Environmental Law


Environmental Law Fundamentals
Environmental Enforcement
Environmental Law: Drafting Lab
Independent Study
Disaster Law

Clifford Villa

Adjunct Professor


Clifford Villa is an Assistant Regional Counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 office in Seattle, Washington. Since 1992, his EPA work has emphasized cleanup of contaminated sites under the federal Superfund program. Early practice at EPA HQ in Washington, D.C., and EPA Region 8 in Denver focused on cleaning up military bases and other federal facilities. Over time, his EPA practice has included administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement of federal pollution statutes such as the Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act. Since 2006, he has provided on-call legal support for EPA's emergency response program. He is also a legal advisor within the national Incident Command System, assisting interagency efforts with disaster preparedness and response.

Professor Villa is a regular instructor for EPA training courses presented each year across the country. As a lawyer and academic, he has also spoken widely at environmental conferences throughout the United States as well as in Spain and Latin America. He has authored a number of articles in the field of environmental law, appearing in such publications as the Harvard Environmental Law Review and the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

As a federal attorney, Professor Villa has received multiple awards for Commendable Service from the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2008, recognizing his contributions to public service as both an attorney and educator, he received the Modelo de Excelencia award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. In 2009, Professor Villa was honored with the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from Seattle University School of Law.  In 2013, Professor Villa received the Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate award from Lewis & Clark Law School.