Inara Scott

Associate Professor
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Corvallis, OR 97331

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College of Business
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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, environmental, and business law, before specializing in energy law and utility regulation. Inara’s research at Oregon State centers on sustainable business, clean energy, the electric power system, and legal and policy implications of climate change. To connect with Inara online, follow her on Twitter: @newenergyprof





Courses Taught: 

Legal Environment of Business, Environmental Law & Sustainable Business, Northwest Energy Law

Beyond OSU

JD, Lewis and Clark Law School (2000), Summa Cum Laude, Notes and Comments Editor, Environmental Law

MS, Recreation and Leisure Studies, State University of New York at Cortland (1998)

BA, History and Women's Studies, Duke University (1994), Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa


Manager, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, NW Natural (2007-2010) Represented 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 (2005-2007) Represented 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 (2001-2005) Practiced 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.

Professional Affiliations: 

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

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

Honors and Awards: 

2013, 2015 Finalist, Holmes-Cardozo Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business

2013 Best Paper, Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference


Chair, College of Business Student Success Taskforce (2015-present)

Chair, Environmental Law Section, Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2014-present)

Faculty Advisor, Net Impact chapter

Reviewer, American Business Law Journal (2014-present)

Leadership Committee, President's Council on the Status of Women (2013-present)

Member, Faculty Senate Research Committee (2013-present)


Additional Information: 

Looking for a good book? If you're interested in energy policy, business and sustainability or social change, you can find Inara's recommendations, and what's on her bedside table, on Goodreads:

My Publications

Journal Articles

I. Scott and Brown, E., Redefining and Regulating the New Sharing Economy, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, vol. 19, 2017.


I. Scott, Clean Power Plan, Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Eugene, OR, 2017.

C. Akroyd, O'Grady, W., and Scott, I., Beyond budgeting and management change: Responding flexibly to environmental turbulence, Advances in Management Accounting World Conference on Management Accounting Research. Monterey, California, 2016.

Book Chapters


Office Hours: 
Monday/Tuesday 10:30-1130, Thursday 1-2