Rick Eichstaedt

Adjunct Professor

Director of Environmental Law Clinic



  • B.A, Hamline University, 1994
  • J.D., Northwest School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1997, Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Biographical Information

Prof. Eichstaedt serves as the director of University Legal Assistance’s environmental law clinic and as the Executive Director of Spokane’s Center for Justice. He started his legal career as a Staff Attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe in north-central Idaho. During his seven years with the Tribe, he worked on a wide variety of environmental, natural resource, cultural resource, and treaty-rights protection cases.

In 2004, Prof. Eichstaedt transitioned to a position as the Center for Justice’s first environmental attorney and represented local organizations working to protect and restore the Spokane River watershed, which includes the Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer and Lake Coeur d’Alene, and on local land use matter. In 2009, with the help and encouragement of environmental clinic founder, Prof. Mike Chappell, he founded the Spokane Riverkeeper program of the Center and served as its first director. He was named as the Center’s Executive Director in February 2012. After Prof. Chappell’s untimely death in September 2011, Prof. Eichstaedt agreed to serve as the director of the environmental law clinic.

Prof. Eichstaedt is licensed to practice law in Washington and Idaho, as well as federal courts in both states, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prof. Eichstaedt has served on the Board of Idaho Rivers United, the Environmental and Natural Resource Section of the Idaho State Bar, and numerous natural resource management boards. He currently sits on the local board managing the Spokane River Regional Toxics Taskforce. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Spokane.

Prof. Eichstaedt has published articles on environmental and natural resources in various journals and legal publications, including articles on the exercise of treaty whaling rights by the Makah Tribe, implementation of Clean Air Act rules in Indian County, and Federal Energy Regulation Commission dam relicensing proceedings.

Prof. Eichstaedt loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker, cross-country skier, snowshoer, and whitewater rafter. Prof. Eichstaedt lives in Spokane and is the father of two.

Teaching Areas:

  • Clinical Environmental Law