Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society (ELSAS)

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The alumni of the University of San Francisco School of Law are a key resource for connecting students with the practice of environment law. The Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society (ELSAS) brings together alumni, students, and faculty interested in environmental, energy and natural resources law.     

In Fall 2013, ELS partnered with the Office of Career Planning, the Development and Alumni Office and the Dean's Office to create the Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society (ELSAS). 

With the assistance of a 20-person Advisory Board composed of faculty and alumni, ELSAS sponsors two events each year (one per semester), including career panels and mixers that bring students, alumni, and faculty together. More generally, ELSAS provides a resource for students interested in environmental, energy and natural resources law, provides links among alumni sharing similar substantive interests, and creates ongoing connections among faculty and alumni.

All USF faculty, students, and alumni are welcome to join ELSAS. To become a member, click here. You can also join the law school's LinkedIn ELSAS subgroup by clicking here.

ELSAS/ELS Mentoring Program

 

Beginning in Fall 2014, ELSAS and the students’ ELS are co-sponsoring a mentoring program.  The program will partner each participating alum with one 1st year student and one 2nd or 3rd year student with similar interests, creating a mini-mentoring group.  Mentors will provide general career advice and support students in their curricular and career planning.  For more information, please contact Lynette Komar, ELS Career Development Chair, at lmkomar@usfca.edu, or Prof. Alice Kaswan at kaswan@usfca.edu.

Alumni interested in becoming mentors can sign up here.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year students interested in joining a mentoring group can sign up here.

To learn more about ELSAS, please contact Professor Alice Kaswan at kaswan@usfca.edu.

ELSAS Events:

November 4, 2014
We had a terrific speaker panel event on the topic of “Emerging Trends in Urban Development: Will New Land Use Laws Revitalize or Cripple San Francisco?”  Read more about the event here.

ELSAS Advisory Board

Name

Employer

   
Joshua Bloom, '90 Partner -Barg Coffin Lewis & Trap, LLP
Allison Brown, '05 Water and Legal Advisor - Office of Commissioner Sandoval, California Public Utilities Commission
Luisa Elkins, '12 Goodin, MacBride, Squeri, Day, & Lamprey
Susan Gilbert-Miller Presidential Management Fellow - U.S. Department of Labor
Earl Hagstrom '90 Partner - Sedgwick Law - Environmental Litigation 
Adam Hofmann, '05 Senior Counselor - Hanson Bridgett
Adjunct Professor - University of San Francisco School of Law
Alice Kaswan Professor - University of San Francisco School of Law
Barb Kautz, '03 Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP
Kendrick Li, '11      Pacific Gas & Electric, Land Acquisitions Department
Frank Lindh Partner - Crowell & Moring
Adjunct Professor - University of San Francisco School of Law
Devin McDonnel, '09 Associate - Bingham McCutcheon
Nathan A. Metcalf, '05 Senior Counsel - Hanson Bridgett, LLP
Richard Pio Roda, '01 Principal - Meyers Nave
Shari Posner, '93 Office of the Attorney General of California, Lands Division
James Ralph, '07      Staff Counsel - State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Enforcement
Richard Roos-Collins Principal - Water and Power Law Group, PC
Adjunct Professor - University of San Francisco School of Law
Abby Rubinson Associate - Earthjustice
Adjunct Professor - University of San Francisco School of Law
Susan Sakmar, '95 Adjunct Professor - University of San Francisco School of Law
Visiting Assistant Professor - University of Houston Law Center
Rick Umoff, '12 Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Manager - Solar Energy Industries Association
Michael Underhill, '82 Adjunct Professor - University of San Francisco School of Law
Attorney in Charge - U.S. Department of Justice, Torts Branch, Civil Division