Faculty Advisor: Kalyani Robbins

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) seeks to build a community of student members who want a career in environmental law, or who wish to incorporate good environmental policy into their chosen practice area. We accomplish this mission by developing and promoting events and programs for its members. We are committed to the continued promotion of student and community awareness and education in the field of environmental affairs from ethical, legal, scientific, economic, policy, and sociological perspectives. Environmental issues are relevant for those in practice of all areas of law, including international law, health law, child law, and human and civil rights law.

In its third year of existence and at the urging of founding president Isabella Masini, the ELS successfully convinced the law school to launch an environmental law program and hire two renowned environmental law professors, Kalyani Robbins and Carmen G. Gonzalez. Loyola now boasts year-round classes on topics from International Environmental Law to Natural Resource Management. 

We look forward to meeting you!

2021-2022 Executive Board

President: Cara Sawyer, csawyer1@luc.edu

Vice President: Jay Zenker, jzenker@luc.edu

Secretary: Annalisa Kolb, akolb1@luc.edu

Blog Editor: Sam Torrence, storrence@luc.edu

Executive Members:

Montana Birringer, mbirringer@luc.edu

Rachel DeCaluwe, rdecaluwe@luc.edu

Kaitlin Frumento, kfrumento@luc.edu

Kellie Tomin, ktomin@luc.edu

How to Join

All students in good standing are invited to join our TWEN page in order to join the ELS.

What is the time commitment?

To be a member of the ELS, students must attend at least one event per semester. However, most members choose to do more as their schedules allow. Events generally do not take place in finals months. 1L member duties are notably lighter; even 1L reps’ jobs simply entail making section announcements or posting to their section’s GroupMe groups.

How Can I Hold a Leadership Position?

At the end of the Spring semester each year, all ELS members elect leaders for the following year. If you are interested in a leadership position, please contact Jay Zenker, Vice President, below.

2021-2022 Events

We continue to expand our reach in this time of Covid-19 by offering a year-long lecture series in partnership with the Latino, Asian and Pacific Island, and Black Law Students’ Associations on the disparate social and racial impacts of environmental injustice. To view this lecture series, please click here. If you are a firm, community partner, or other school’s student organization and wish to partner with us on this or other events, please reach out to President Cara Sawyer, above.