Faculty Advisor: Carmen G. Gonzalez and Kalyani Robbins

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) seeks to build a community of student members interested in environmental law. Some of our members want to pursue environmental law as a career, but others simply wish to learn more about the field or incorporate good environmental policy into their chosen practice area. Environmental legal issues touch many areas of law, including international law, health law, child law, and human and civil rights law.

ELS accomplishes this mission by developing and promoting events and programs for its members. We are committed to fostering student and community awareness and education regarding environmental affairs from ethical, legal, scientific, economic, policy, and sociological perspectives.

In its third year of existence and at the urging of founding president Isabella Masini, the ELS successfully encouraged 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!

2022-2023 Executive Board

President: Annalisa Kolb, akolb1@luc.edu

Vice President: Kellie Tomin, ktomin@luc.edu

Secretary: Lucía Goyanes, lgoyanesguijarro@luc.edu

Blog Editor: Elizabeth Baughman, ebaughman1@luc.edu

How to Join

All students in good standing are invited to join our Sakai page to become an ELS member, learn about events, and access a library of lectures on environmental law.

If you are interested in becoming a 1L representative, please contact Vice President Kellie Tomin (ktomin@luc.edu) or President Annalisa Kolb (akolb1@luc.edu). More information will be published in the Law School announcement emails in the Fall semester.

What is the time commitment?

Students must attend at least one event per semester to be a member of the ELS. However, most members choose to do more as their schedules allow. Please note that events generally do not take place during finals week.

As a 1L, member duties are notably lighter. You can attend events/lectures or become a 1L representative. As a 1L rep, your job will entail making section announcements or posting in your 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 get in touch with Vice President Kellie Tomin or President Annalisa Kolb.

2022-2023 Events

The ELS is currently working on the event/activities calendar for this school year which will be posted on our Sakai page. If you wish to make any suggestions, please feel free to contact any of our members.

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 Annalisa Kolb or Vice President Kellie Tomin.

View 2020-21 and 2021-22 event/lectures series here.