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November 04, 2013

The USF School of Law has launched the Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society (ELSAS) to bring together alumni, students, and faculty interested in environmental, energy, and natural resources law. Law school alumni are a key resource for connecting students with the practice of environment law.

Kendrick Li ’11, ELSAS advisory board member, and Michael Hewitt 2L, president of the USF Environmental Law Society, at an ELSAS advisory board meeting in September.

In Fall 2013, the Environmental Law Society, a student group, partnered with the offices of Career Planning, Alumni and Development, and the Dean to create the ELSAS. With the assistance of a 20-person Advisory Board composed of faculty and alumni, the ELSAS will sponsor one event per semester, including career panels and mixers that bring students, alumni, and faculty together. More generally, ELSAS will provide a resource for students interested in environmental, energy, and natural resources law, provide links among alumni sharing similar substantive interests, and create ongoing connections among faculty and alumni.

All USF faculty, students, and alumni are invited to join the ELSAS. USF alumni are also invited to join the law school’s LinkedIn ELSAS subgroup.

“As a member of the faculty, I’m delighted to have a vehicle that easily connects our eager students with experienced practitioners, and that links me to the world of environmental and energy law practice,” Professor Alice Kaswan said. “The ELSAS helps transcend institutional walls and foster USF’s supportive and extended student, faculty, and alumni community.”

Kendrick Li ’11, real estate associate at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, who is an advisory board member of the ELSAS, said “The ELSAS is a great opportunity for students and alumni to connect over environmental issues we care about, both in our professional and personal lives.” 

The ELSAS will host its fall event, “Striking a Balance: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan and California Water” on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 pm.