Inara Scott

Assistant Professor

Department: Global Business Analysis
Office: 484 Austin Hall
Phone: 541-737-4102


Inara Scott practiced law for over a decade before joining the faculty at Oregon State University. In private practice, Inara represented clients on matters including general corporate and business law, employment, construction, and products liability. She went on to specialize in energy and regulatory law, representing a variety of utility clients across the Northwest. Inara’s research at Oregon State centers on the transformation of the utility system, clean energy, energy efficiency, and utility regulation. 

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JD, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, summa cum laude
Environmental Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor, 1999 to 2000

MS, Recreation and Leisure Studies, State University of New York at Cortland
Assistant Editor, Taproot, Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

AB, Duke University, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude
History, Certificate in Women’s Studies

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Manager, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, NW Natural (2007-2010Represented utility in complex negotiations and proceedings before the Oregon and Washington Public Utility Commissions, including resource acquisition and integrated resource planning.

Assistant General Counsel, Portland General Electric (2005-2007Represented utility in proceedings before Oregon Public Utility Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, complex rulemaking proceedings implementing utility tax measures, and negotiating transactional agreements for gas pipelines.

Associate, Ater Wynne LLP (2001-2005Practiced commercial, business, and energy law. Advised people’s utility districts, investor-owned utilities, and cooperatives on regulatory compliance, including FERC hydropower licensing and compliance, and contracts with the Bonneville Power Administration.


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Journal Articles

Conference Papers

Scott, I., "Creating a Twenty-First Century Public Utility Commission", 2013 Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference Proceedings, vol. n/a, issue n/a, Fresno, CA, 2013. Abstract


Scott, I., "Creating A 21st Century Public Utility Commission", 2013 Annual WALSB Conference, Monterey, CA, 2013.


Scott, I., "Section of Environment, Energy and Resources", American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, 2003.
Scott, I., "Defining ‘Employee’: Supreme Court Resolves Question in Clackamas v. Wells", American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, vol. 32, issue 1, pp. 7, 2003.

Magazine Articles

Scott, I., "Got Mold? An Introduction to Mold Litigation", Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Magazine, 2002.

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Professional Affiliations

Oregon State Bar (member in good standing, 2001-present)

Energy Bar Association (member, Demand Side Resources & Smart Grid, Electricity Regulation Committee)

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Courses Taught

Northwest Energy Law, Business Law (undergraduate and graduate), Environmental Law & Business

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Additional Information



Twitter: @newenergyprof

Phone: 541-737-4102

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