Jan is very knowledgeable about water and natural resource law and policy in Oregon and throughout the West. She has many years of experience with these issues and a wealth of connections with agencies, water management entities, policy makers, and water leaders. She approaches issues with a problem-solving approach.
From 1992-2011, Jan was a tenured Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she taught Water Law, Administrative Law, Property Law, and other natural resource classes. She was also Associate Dean of Faculty and co-director of the Natural Resources Law Institute and the Northwest Water Law & Policy Project at Lewis & Clark. Prior to her academic career, Jan was Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands—the agency responsible for management of Oregon's common school fund lands and natural resources. Before working in state government, at the beginning of her legal career, Jan practiced litigation at Tonkon Torp and at the Gray Plant firm in Minneapolis.