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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events



  • February 22-24, 2022: Culture Week
  • Friday, March 4, 2022: ELS Symposium

Past Events


  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Movie Night - DamNation
  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021: 1L Welcome Week - Farmer's Market Welcome Picnic
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Big Green Meeting
  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Virtual Alumni Mixer
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021: Hot Cocoa Social


  • Saturday, April 11: Kayak trip
  • Tuesday, April 14: End of the Year potluck


First General ELS + Environs Meeting: Monday, Sept. 8th at 12pm.  Room 1002

Sacramento County Bar Association - Environmental Section Luncheon: Tuesday, Sept. 9th.

Bake Sale: Wednesday, Sept. 10th, 10am - 3pm in the Basement.

Fundraiser Welcome Dinner:  Wednesday, Sept. 17th, 6pm - 9pm at Woodstocks.  *Must bring a flyer or show it on your phone for the fundraiser* : Check emails.

Takings Conference: Friday, September 19 at King Hall.

SCBA, Environmental Law Section LuncheonTuesday, Oct. 14, 11:45 am – 1 :00 pm @ Lucca Restaurant in Sacramento

·         Topic: Update on the California High Speed Rail System. Cost: $15 / student

·         Come to this lunch and speaker event to meet Sacramento attorneys and learn about High Speed Rail!

ELS “Scholarships:” ELS will sponsor 3 student attendees for this luncheon, meaning that you may attend the luncheon for FREE. If interested, please email Shannon (slmorrissey@ucdavis.edu) a 2-4 sentence statement of interest byTuesday, Oct. 7.

·         For more information and to register, click here.  Registration ends on Oct. 10.

1L Board Applications: Available on Oct. 13. Due on Oct. 24

·         Lookout for the application in the Oct. 13 weekly email. We will be taking three (3) 1L Board Members. Please email Shannon (slmorrissey@ucdvais.edu) or Laura (lettaylor@ucdavis.edu) with any questions!

Green Career Week: October 28, 29, 30 at 12 pm in room 1002.

·         Mark your calendar for this 3-day lunchtime event! 

·         Tuesday, Oct 28: Private Practice day.  *Dos Coyotes will be served

·         Wednesday, Oct. 29: Public Interest / Government day.  *Food TBD

·         Thursday, Oct. 30: Environmental Externship Info Session with Prof. Frank.  *Woodstock's Pizza will be served

“A Discussion on Chilean Water Policy and Water Rights”  Fri., Oct. 31st, 12 pm in room 1002

·         Growing impacts from climate change and volatile competition for limited water resources has prompted dramatic policy discussion and strong legislative initiatives to nationalize water resources in Chile. 

·         Please join King Hall's Water Association of Law & Policy and the Environmental Law Society as we welcome Professor Carl Bauer of the University of Arizona's School of Geography and Development to discuss the current debates and historical context of this comprehensive water policy reform and how this relates to California's own water policy and resource management efforts.

California Environmental Law & Policy Center Presents: “Access to Safe Drinking Water in the Age of Agribusiness,” Wed., Nov. 5, 12 pm in room 1002

·         Pearl Kan ’13 will be speaking. She is an attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at California Rural Legal Assistance Inc., in the Salinas field office.  There, she is helping to spearhead a legal initiative surrounding widespread nitrate contamination of groundwater wells.

·         Lunch will be served

Alumni Mixer: Thursday, Nov. 6th at Stoel Rives.

·         Location: Stoel Rives, 500 Capitol Mall, 16th Floor, Sacramento

·         Dress: Business or business casual

California Energy Commission: 40th Anniversary Symposium

·         Friday, January 30th, 2015, 9:00am to 3:00pm

·         Location: UC Davis School of Law, Room 1001

ELS Happy Hour: Thursday, February 5, 4-6 pm @ Our House

·         Come enjoy food or drink and mingle with your ELS friends! This casual event is open to all law students

Bake Sale: Wednesday, February 11, 10 am-2 pm

·         Valentine’s day themed!

Culture Week: March 9th - 13th, 2015.


ELS Symposium: Friday, March 13, 2015.
Featuring: Kip Lipper, Office of California Senate Pro Tem; Ken Bogdan, CA Dept. of Water Resources; Kevin Bundy, Center for Biological DIversity; Doug Carstens, Chatten-Brown & Carsten LLP; Sandy Crockett, Bay Area Air Quality Management District; Stuart Flashman, Law Offices of Stuart Flashman; Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight LLP; Paul Kibel, Golden Gate University School of Law; Osha Meserve, Soluri Meserve; Ellen Peter, CA Air Resources Board; Holly Roberson, Governor's Office of Planning & Research; Kate White, CA State Transportation Agency.


California Environmental Law & Policy Center Fall 2013 Speaker Series:

“Introducing Professor Lesley McAllister - Speaking on Private Environmental Regulation”

Tuesday, September 24 from Noon – 1:00 pm in Room 1002

  • Professor Lesley McAllister, UC Davis School of Law

“Water Supply Sustainability for Growth and Climate Change”

Thursday, October 10 from Noon – 1:00 pm in Room 1002

  • Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

"Legislating Environmental Law in California: A Behind-the-Scenes View"

Tuesday, November 19 from Noon – 1:00 pm in Room 2304

  • Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, Office of the California Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg

ESA at 40: Examining Its Past and Exploring Its Future

Friday, October 4, 2013; UC Davis School of Law

California 2013 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

Thursday-Sunday October 24-27 at Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp, CA

More information at: http://environmental.calbar.ca.gov/Education/Yosemite.aspx

Green Career Week

Tuesday, November 12-14; UC Davis School of Law

This week will include panels of speakers from various sectors within the environmental field to give students a broad idea of the various career paths and opportunities within this field.

Tuesday, November 12: Public Interest Sector

Wednesday, November 13: In House Counsel Speaker

Thursday, November 14: Private Practice Sector

Environmental Law Alumni Mixer

Thursday, November 14 from 6-8pm at Stoel Rives Sacramento

Students and Alumni in the environmental field will gather to share interests and career experiences.


Environmental Law Society Welcome Back Potluck

Wednesday, September 11 from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Wyatt Deck in the Arboretum

Students and faculty gather to kick off the year of environmental events

California Environmental Law & Policy Center Fall 2013 Speaker Series:

"Meeting the Challenges of Environmental Journalism in the 21st Century"

Tuesday, September 10 from Noon – 1:00 pm in Room 1002

  • Moderator: 

Chris Bowman, Communications Director at UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences; Chairman, Editorial Advisory Council, Environment-Energy News Initiative at Capital Public Radio

  • Panelists:

Amy Quinton, Environment Reporter, Capital Public Radio

Fiona Smith, Staff Writer, The Daily Journal

Matt Weiser, Water & Environment Journalist, The Sacramento Bee

  • Sacramento County Bar Association Environmental Law Section Luncheon
    • Tuesday, February 5, 2013
    • Lucca Restaurant, Sacramento, CA
  • California Environmental Law & Policy Center Spring 2013 Speakers' Series
    • Nancy Saracino, Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer, California Independent System Operator
      • "Greening the Grid Through California's Electricity Markets"
      • Thursday, Februrary 28th, Noon-1:00 PM
      • King Hall, Room 1002
    • Joel Reynolds, Western Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
      • "Lines in the Sand: Contrasting Strategies for Environmental Advocacy in the 21st Century"
      • Wednesday, March 27th, Noon-1:00 PM
      • King Hall, Room 1002
    • Chuck Bonham, Director, California Department of Fish & Wildlife
      • "California in the 21st Century: Creating a Fish and Wildlife Agency Ready for the Challenge"
      • Tuesday, April 16th, Noon-1:00 PM
      • King Hall, Room 1002

          More information about the speaker's series can be found here.

  • Environmental Law Society's 2013 Culture Week
    • April 8-12th
    • More information about events, including the ELS Symposium, will be released soon!
  • California Environmental Law & Policy Center Spring 2013 Speakers’ Series
    • Joanna Marchetta, Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
      • “Restoring Lake Tahoe: The Regional Plan Update and Beyond”
      • Wednesday, January 30th, Noon-1:00 p.m.
      • King Hall, Room 1002
  • 2013 Water Law Symposium
    • This was the first year UC Davis hosted the event, and it was a great success!  
    • Saturday, January 26th
    • More info can be found here.
  • California 2012 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite
    • Thursday-Sunday, October 25th-28th.
    • Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp, CA
    • More Information is here.