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Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society (ELSAS)

The Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society (ELSAS) brings together students, alumni, and faculty interested in environmental, land use, energy, water, and natural resources law.

ELSAS sponsors educational events and fosters professional development opportunities for students and alumni through informal and formal networking opportunities. The ELSAS-Student Division spearheads programs for students and the larger community. Alumni members benefit from invitations to ELSAS events, job postings offered by fellow ELSAS members, and opportunities to mentor students

To learn more about ELSAS, please contact Professor Alice Kaswan at


ELSAS Mentoring Program

The ELSAS mentoring program pairs alumni with one first-year student and one second- or third-year student who share similar environmental law interests, creating mini-mentoring groups. Mentors provide  career advice and support students in their curricular and career planning. For more information, contact Beth Ginise, ELS career development chair, or Prof. Alice Kaswan.

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ELSAS Advisory Board

ELSAS members and the law school benefit from insight and advice offered by the society’s advisory board, consisting of USF’s environmental law faculty and expert alums in government, public interest, and the private sector.

  • Joshua Bloom '90 — Principal, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson
  • Allison Brown '05 — California Public Utilities Commission
  • Luisa Elkins '12 — Procopio
  • Susan Gilbert-Miller — Chief Sustainability Officer for the US Department of Labor
  • Earl Hagstrom '90 — Partner, Bassi, Edlin, Huie, & Blum
  • 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
  • Nathan A. Metcalf '05 — Senior Counsel, Partner at 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 — California Public Utilities Commission
  • Richard Roos-Collins — Principal, Water and Power Law Group, PC Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Abby Rubinson — Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Susan Sakmar '95 — 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