Professor Chris Elmendorf
Professor Rick Frank
Professor Albert Lin
Jillian Ames, Class of 2021
Jillian is a second-year law student at King Hall. Jillian grew up in Santa Cruz, California, but spent several years living outside the state. Following her undergraduate studies at UCLA, Jillian moved to Austin, Texas where she received her M.A. in Geography/ Environmental Studies at the University of Austin, Texas. Her research focused on global health, climate change, and wildlife conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Upon graduating in 2016, Jillian moved to Washington D.C. where she worked in technical management consulting before deciding to move back to her home state for law school. This past summer, Jillian worked at the California Office of the Attorney General for the Environmental sections. At King Hall, Jillian is involved in the Environs journal, serves as the Westlaw student representative, is a research assistant for Professor Lin and Professor Frank, and TAs for Professor Windsor. In her free time, Jillian enjoys swimming, running, and hiking in Desolation Wilderness.
Samantha Blemker, Class of 2021
Sam is a 2L at King Hall and serves as the ELS Co-Chair. She grew up in Camarillo, CA, but went back east to Villanova University where she received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Geography. Sam conducted numerous research projects in undergrad that focused on coastal ecosystems along the East Coast and in Puerto Rico. When she is not studying, Sam enjoys going to spin classes, cooking vegan cuisine, and listening to music or podcasts.
Carson Graves, Class of 2021
Carson is a second-year law student at King Hall. He received his B.A. in Political Science from UC Davis in 2018, as well as two minors in Economics and Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. Originally from Ventura, CA, Carson grew up hiking, backpacking, and enjoying the outdoors. During his undergraduate studies, Carson guided two 10-day backpacking trips along the John Muir Trail, which he aims to complete in its entirety one day! He hopes to pursue a career in environmental law in order to help preserve the landscapes that have inspired him so much. Carson spent his 1L summer as a Judicial Extern at the Sacramento Superior Court and is looking forward to being a legal intern with the CA State Water Resources Control Board this upcoming 2020 summer. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, checking national parks off his bucket-list, touring craft breweries, backpacking, and anything to do with the ocean.
Peter Jansen, Class of 2020
Peter is a third year at King Hall and serves as Symposium Co-Chair. He also assists the Environs journal in an advisory role (Peter was the 2L Editor in Chief) and is Vice President of the Water Association of Law and Policy. Peter is interested in ecology law and saving endangered species and ecosystems from irreparable climate change damage.
Peter hails from Chicago, receiving his BA in Political Science from Lake Forest College. Before attending law school, Peter was a project specialist for Schiff Hardin LLP, where he primarily worked on corporate and environmental issues. Peter loves the outdoors and challenging treks. He also enjoys lifting weights and a variety of sports.
Kelly Beskin, Class of 2021
Kelly is a second-year law student at King Hall. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and received her B.S. in entomology from the University of Georgia in 2013. She continued her work in entomology and completed her M.S. from Texas A&M University in 2016. Her master’s work focused on the impacts of larval digestion on volatile emissions from different types of livestock manures. Kelly is interested in using her science background to pursue a career in environmental law. This summer Kelly externed for Magistrate Judge Dennis M. Cota in the Eastern District of California. In her free time, she enjoys homebrewing, spending time outdoors, and traveling.
Cameron Gable, Class of 2021
Cameron is a second-year law student and one of the Conference Chairs for ELS. Cameron grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2015 with a BA in political science. After college, he worked at a healthcare startup in San Francisco before working at craft cider distillery in Austria. Cameron spent his 1L summer working as a judicial extern for a federal judge in San Diego. In his free time, Cameron enjoys spending time in the Eastern Sierras, hiking, cycling, and camping.
Laura Kurtz, Class of 2021
Laura is a second year law student and is one of the Conference Chairs. She is originally from the Bay Area and attended UC Davis for undergrad, where she double majored in English and Spanish. After graduation, Laura directed canvass offices in DC and San Francisco, working on a variety of grassroots campaigns including working to ban fracking in California. Most recently, Laura worked at the Sierra Club in the membership department. These experiences inspired her to pursue environmental justice work and other types of public interest law. Here at King Hall, Laura is also involved with SAMI, HALO and Social Justice Law Review. In her free time, Laura enjoys running, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Kate Cooper, Class of 2021
Kate is a 2L and an editor of Environs in addition to her involvement with ELS. Kate has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and was an Environmental Ethics Fellow as an undergrad. Kate developed a deep appreciation for the environment growing up, and since then has been interested in environmental issues. During college she interned at a land trust in the East Bay and before law school she worked at The Nature Conservancy. Kate spent her 1L summer working at CAL FIRE and will be externing at the State Water Resources Control Board. Kate enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her dog.
Marissa Fuentes, Class of 2020
General Board Member
Marissa is a 3L at King Hall and a General Board Member. Marissa previously served as ELS' Co-Chair (2018-2019) and as a member of the Symposium Committee (2017-2018). Marissa grew up in Southern California but has spent the past 6 years in Northern California. She recently graduated from UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Environmental Studies and Legal Studies. During her undergraduate years, she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., working with the Environment and Natural Resources section. Marissa spent her 1L summer at the California Department of Justice, working for the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Land Law sections and her 2L summer at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco. Marissa is also an Executive Editor for Environs and a Research Assistant. In her free time, Marissa enjoys working out, eating, online shopping, in-person shopping, and watching the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants.
Tessa Opalach, Class of 2020
General Board Member
Tessa is a 3L student at King Hall and serves as General Board Member. Tessa previously served as Co-Chair (2018-19) ad 1L Representative (2017-18). She grew up in Arcata, CA and received her B.A. in International Relations, History, and Spanish from UC Davis in 2015. Before attending law school, Tessa worked with a facilitation firm implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in several sub basins in northern California. She also volunteered with an irrigation and pest management project in rural Bolivia. Tessa enjoys hiking, picnics, and reading memoirs.
Sylwia Dakowicz, Class of 2020
General Board Member
Sylwia is a 3L law student. She has interned at the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent Systems Operator. In addition, she was a Summer Associate, and will work post-law school, at Duncan Weinberg Genzer and Pembroke LLC, a boutique energy law firm. When she is not preoccupied with energy law, policy, and markets, she enjoys hiking, camping, and coffee.
Adam Vasquez, Class of 2021
General Board Member
Adam Vasquez is a second year law student and serves as General Board Member of ELS as well as an editor of Environs. Adam spent his 1L summer working for the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, an environmental non-profit and currently clerks for Soluri Meserve, a Sacramento Environmental law firm. Prior to attending law school, Adam studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he majored in Political Science as well as Philosophy of Ethics and Public Policy. Adam's hobbies include rugby, backpacking, and poetry.
Lucy Cain, Class of 2020
General Board Member
Lucy grew up in the East Bay Area and is a proud Double-Aggie, having attended UC Davis as an undergraduate. In her free time, Lucy enjoys playing video games, following the Giants and the As, and walking in nature. Lucy's interest in environmental law was sparked after arriving at King Hall and she looks forward to another great year with ELS!
Mina Arasteh, Class of 2021
Grecia Orozco, Class of 2022
Sara Eddy, Class of 2022
1L Representative and Skills/Outdoor Activity Chair
Vivienne Pismarov, Class of 2022
Tyler Szeto, Class of 2022
Danielle Rosenduft, Class of 2022
Kathrine Schulze, Class of 2022
Lauren Murvihill, Class of 2022
Sarah Goldberg, Class of 2022
Sarah is a first-year law student at King Hall and serves as the ELS assistant treasurer. She grew up in Santa Rosa, California and attended Mason Gross School of the Arts conservatory at Rutgers University on the east coast. She graduated with a BFA in Acting with one year spent studying in London at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. She spent the next six years working in New York City and was involved with grassroots climate change action and voting rights efforts. Her interest in energy law and environmental policy reform was spurred by the effects of the Tubbs fire on her hometown. Her hobbies include hiking, sketching, traveling, and befriending animals.
Anaiz Martinez, Class of 2022
Junior Conference Chair