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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

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 — Bay Law Group LLP and Joshua Bloom Mediation 
  • Allison Brown '05 — California Public Utilities Commission 
  • Susan Gilbert-Miller — Director, U.S. Corporate Responsibility, Novo Nordisk 
  • Earl Hagstrom '90 — Hagström Environmental Law Group, PC 
  • Adam Hofmann '05 — Deputy Judicial Appointments Secretary , Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom 
  • Alice Kaswan — Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law 
  • Barb Kautz '03 —Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP 
  • Kendrick Li '11 — Director, Clean Energy Programs, Pacific Gas & Electric 
  • Nathan A. Metcalf '05 —Partner, Hanson Bridgett, LLP 
  • Richard Pio Roda '01 — Principal and Chair of the Public Law Group, Meyers Nave 
  • Shari Posner '93 — Office of the Attorney General of California, Lands Division 
  • James Ralph '07 — Director of Federal Affairs, California ISO 
  • Richard Roos-Collins — Principal, Water and Power Law Group, Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law 
  • Rick Umoff '12 — Director of Government Affairs, Copenhagen Offshore Partners and Director of Government Affairs, Vineyard Offshore 
  • Michael Underhill '82 — Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law; Attorney in Charge, U.S. Department of Justice, Torts Branch, Civil Division (retired).