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Past Envionmental Law Society Boards

Advising Professors

Professor Chris Elmendorf
cselmendorf@ucdavis.edu

Professor Rick Frank
rmfrank@ucdavis.edu

Professor Albert Lin
aclin@ucdavis.edu

Organization Board

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Marissa Fuentes, Class of 2020
Co-Chair
mcfuentes@ucdavis.edu

Marissa is a second-year law student at King Hall and an ELS Co-Chair. 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. This upcoming summer, she will be working 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.

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Tessa Opalach, Class of 2020
Co-Chair
taopalach@ucdavis.edu

Tessa is a 2L student at King Hall and serves as Co-Chair. 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 scuba diving and other outdoor adventures.


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Janaki Jagannath, Class of 2020
Symposium Chair
jjagannath@ucdavis.edu

Janaki Jagannath is second year law student at UC Davis School of Law. Previously she directed Community Alliance for Agroecology, a coalition of rural community-based organizations in the San Joaquin Valley of California who work to advance agricultural and environmental policy towards justice for communities bearing the burden of California’s food system. She has worked at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. in Fresno enforcing environmental justice and worker protections such as access to clean drinking water for unincorporated farmworker communities. Janaki holds a B.S. in Agricultural Development from UC Davis and a producers’ certification in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

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Sylwia Dakowicz, Class of 2020
Conference Chair
sdakowicz@ucdavis.edu

 Sylwia was born in Poland but she has spent the better part of her life in Chicago, IL. She received her degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College. Before attending law school, Sylwia worked at an international bank as an anti-money laundering analyst. While in Chicago, she mentored high school girls to prepare them for college and professional careers. She is interested in energy law, women’s rights issues, animal rights, and helping under served communities gain legal access. Sylwia is passionate about coffee, hiking, yoga, traveling, and mystery novels.


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Justine Massey, Class of 2020
Conference Chair
jmmassey@ucdavis.edu

Justine Massey is a second year law student and Conference Chair.

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Bryan Boersma, Class of 2020
Treasurer
baboersma@ucdavis.edu

Bryan is a 2L and ELS treasurer. He received his undergraduate degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho. Last summer, he interned at the State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Enforcement. Bryan is also an Executive Editor for Environs. Hobbies include King Hall softball, reading, mountain biking, and plants.

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Bridget McDonald, Class of 2019
Web/Marketing Chair
bkmcdonald@ucdavis.edu

Bridget McDonald is a third year law student and the ELS Web/Marketing Chair. Bridget grew up in Pasadena, CA and earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Southern California in Environmental Studies. Before coming to law school, Bridget oversaw the Los Angeles Events and Outreach Department for the national non-profit organization, Best Friends Animal Society. As a law student, Bridget has clerked for the Department of Water Resources, externed for the State Water Resources Control Board's Office of Enforcement, and served as a summer associate at the law firm Remy Moose Manley, LLP. In addition to her role in ELS, Bridget also serves as a clinical student for the Aoki Water Justice Clinic, and the Culture Week Chair for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She previously served as the ELS Symposium Chair, Managing Editor for the Environs - Environmental Law and Policy Journal, and as Vice President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. In her free time, Bridget enjoys cooking, indoor cycling, yoga, and cheering for her favorite sports teams (namely, the Los Angeles Dodgers, USC Trojans, and Green Bay Packers).

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Priyam Desai, Class of 2019
General Board Member
pbdesai@ucdavis.edu

Priyam Desai is a third-year law student and General Board Member for ELS. Priyam received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning worked on renewable energy issues in the government consulting, nonprofit and private industry spaces prior to law school. As a law student she has worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office, the California Energy Commission, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Aside from her current ELS board position, Priyam is also a Senior Articles Editor for the UC Davis Law Review, part of the Negotiations Team, a certified law student for the Civil Rights Clinic . and a former Co-Chair for ELS. In her free time Priyam enjoys recreating restaurant recipes, getting outdoors and taking every opportunity to spend time with her husband and her dog. 



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Matt McKerley, Class of 2019
General Board Member
msmckerley@ucdavis.edu

Matt McKerley is a third year law student and a general board member. During his 2L year, Matt served as Editor-in-Chief of Environs as well as the Treasurer for ELS. He earned his undergraduate degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and English Literature at Indiana University, and he earned his master's degree in Physics from UC Berkeley. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Matt spent the next 20 years as a software engineer and an executive at a large software company in Silicon Valley. In deciding to study law at UC Davis, Matt hopes to channel his passion for the environment into a career in public service. His professional legal experience includes an externship at the Center for Biological Diversity and summer and semester clerkships at Earthjustice and Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP. Matt is excited that he will clerk for Justice Craig Stowers at the Alaska Supreme Court after he graduates. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time his wife and two kids, ages 12 and 14. Matt’s hobbies include hiking, camping, photography, and baseball.

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Clint Mitchell, Class of 2019
General Board Member
cbmitchell@ucdavis.edu

Born and raised in Palmetto, Florida, Clint Mitchell has always been an admirer of the outdoors. From the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, to the clear freshwater springs hidden amongst the brush of north central Florida, he was regularly able to explore and enjoy the various natural resources of his home state. After graduating with a dual degree in Philosophy and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Florida, Clint took his time traveling across the United States to make various detours for hikes and camping, including a few weeks on the Appalachian Trail. He spent the next number of years living in Colorado and New York before making the decision to attend law school here at the University of California, Davis. Immediately the environmental program captured his attention, and he hasn't been able to turn away since. Clint hopes to pursue a legal career focused on protecting and enhancing the natural world in which we live, with a focus on environmental justice.

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Chris Moskal, Class of 2019
General Board Member
cbmoskal@ucdavis.edu

 Originally from Ellicott City, MD, Chris received his Bachelors of the Arts degrees in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)in 2015. He moved to California in 2016 to attend UC Davis School of Law in hopes of becoming an environmental lawyer. Among his activities at King Hall, Chris is proud to have served an extremely active role in student government, founded King Hall's Cannabis Law Society, and twice competed in the Jessup international moot court competition. During that time, he also had opportunities to serve as a legal clerk for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Department of Water Resources. In his free time, Chris enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, beer & wine-making, and gaming.


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Lauren Neuhaus, Class of 2019
General Board Member
lvmurphy@ucdavis.edu

Lauren Neuhaus is a third-year law student and General Board Member for the Environmental Law Society. Before law school, Lauren earned simultaneous degrees in Rhetoric and Society & Environment from UC Berkeley. In her 2L year, Lauren was Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Society, an Executive Editor of Environs Environmental Law and Policy Journal and competed in the California Student Environmental Negotiations Competition. One accomplishment Lauren is proud of is starting a compost bin pilot project at King Hall through her position as External Vice President of the Law Students Association. Lauren’s legal work experience includes a summer internship at the California Energy Commission, a semester externship at the California Attorney General’s Office in the Environment, Land Law, and Natural Resources sections of the Public Rights Division, and a Summer Associate position at Stoel Rives, LLP. Outside of school, Lauren enjoys running outdoors, cooking new recipes, hiking, reading, and spending time with her new husband, family and friends.     

 


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Ellen Simmons, Class of 2019
General Board Member
emsimmons@ucdavis.edu

Ellen Simmons is a third year law student and General Board Member.

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Coral Walker, Class of 2019
General Board Member
cjwalker@ucdavis.edu

Coral Walker is a third-year law student and General Board Member. Coral previously served as a Symposium Co-Chair and on the Symposium Committee of the Environmental Law Society. She has also served as an Executive Editor for the Environs Environmental Law & Policy Journal and was formerly President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at UC Davis. Coral currently externs at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office and works part-time at Yolo County Sheriff's Office Animal Services. She has completed previous internships at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in the Environmental/Consumer Protection Unit and the Family Protection unit; at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office in the Environmental Protection unit; and at Yolo County Sheriff's Office Animal Services. Coral obtained her Bachelors degree in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity from UC Davis, with minors in Political Science and Anthropology. Prior to attending law school, she worked at the Law Offices of Adrienne D. Cohen, an insurance coverage and defense firm in southern California. In her free time, Coral enjoys spending time with her adopted guinea pigs (Charles Darwin and Henry VIII), hiking, and walking along the beach.


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Jillian Ames, Class of 2021
1L Representative
jeames@ucdavis.edu

Jillian is a first-year law student at King Hall. Jillian grew up in Santa Cruz, California, but spent the past four years living out of 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 focussed 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. At King Hall, Jillian has become involved in the Environs journal, and hopes to pursue a legal career in natural resources. In her free time, Jillian enjoys swimming, running, and hiking in Desolation Wilderness.

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Carson Graves, Class of 2021
1L Representative
cagraves@ucdavis.edu

Carson Graves is a first year law student and 1L Representative.

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Kelly Beskin, Class of 2021
Symposium Committee
kvbeskin@ucdavis.edu

Kelly is a first-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 graduated with her M.S. from Texas A&M University in 2016. Her research focused on the impacts of larval digestion on volatile emissions from different types of livestock manures. She published her findings in the Journal of Waste Management. In her free time, Kelly enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and traveling.

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Samantha Blemker, Class of 2021
Symposium Committee
srblemker@ucdavis.edu

Samantha Blemker is a first year law student and Symposium Committee member.

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Caroline McKinney, Class of 2021
Symposium Committee
cmckinney@ucdavis.edu

Caroline McKinney is a first year law student and Symposium Committee member.

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Anna Mezhlumyan, Class of 2021
Symposium Committee
amezh@ucdavis.edu

Anna is a first-year law student at King Hall. She is a Symposium Committee Member for ELS and a Staff Editor for Environs. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA. Prior to attending law school, Anna performed legal assistant work for a law firm specializing in employment defense and business law. She performed case work and organized a tree giveaway event for the 46th district of the CA State Assembly and also served as a member of a Neighborhood Tree Watch coalition. Anna has experience with professional photo and video editing software and likes to spend her free time with her husband, hiking, photographing nature, editing photos and cooking.

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Cameron Gable, Class of 2021
Conference Committee
cjgable@ucdavis.edu

Cameron Gable is a first-year law student and on the Conference Committee 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 on a sustainable farm in Hawaii. Cameron is passionate about the protection and preservation of the National Parks. In his free time, Cameron enjoys spending time in the Eastern Sierras, hiking, cycling, and camping.

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Laura Kurtz, Class of 2021
Conference Committee
lekurtz@ucdavis.edu

Laura is a first year law student and is on the Conference Committee. 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. In her free time, Laura enjoys running, reading, and spending time outdoors.

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Mina Arasteh, Class of 2021
Assistant Treasurer
marasteh@ucdavis.edu

Mina Arasteh is a first year law student and Assistant Treasurer.

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Christina Romak, Class of 2021
Junior Marketing Chair
caromak@ucdavis.edu

Tina grew up in California, in the East Bay town of Orinda. She attended Boston University for her B.A. in International Relations, specializing in Europe and Security Studies. She spent a semester abroad in Paris where she took classes and completed an internship at Mouvement de la Paix, a French NGO that supports peace initiatives. During her time at BU, she was a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, competing mainly in the 800m and the mile. In her time between undergrad and before starting law school she worked as a litigation support clerk at Cox Castle & Nicholson in San Francisco where she supported attorneys on a variety of real estate and land use matters in California.