The Environmental Law Association (ELA) is an organization of the University of Georgia School of Law students who seek to further the development and advancement of environmental law through activities designed to increase environmental awareness among members of the community at large and the student bodies of the University of Georgia and the Georgia School of Law. We participate in the following activities:
  • Organization of the yearly Red Clay Conference
  • Monthly speakers who provide information from different perspectives on careers in the law
  • Dissemination of information regarding internships and jobs
  • Promotion of sound environmental policies
  • Trips outside the law school
Contact: see Leadership tab for current contact information


Advisor:  Professor Peter A. Appel

President Emily Wyche ecw05326@uga.edu
Vice President Ruthie Odom vro28604@uga.edu
Secretary Danielle Goshen dlg16742@uga.edu
Treasurer Rachel Goldberg goldberg@uga.edu
Red Clay Conference Leadership Nichole Novosel  nnovosel@uga.edu
  Blake Ogden wbogden@uga.edu
  Ethan Morris  em01833@uga.edu

Past Presidents

1971-72 Bill Poole
1972-73 Eugene Black
1973-74 Jack Sammons
1974-75 Mary Carden
1976-77 Beverly Gholson
1977-78 Elizabeth Barry & Dave Eldridge, Co-Presidents
1978-79 Martha McMasters
1979-80 Harger Hoyt
1980-81 Barth X. De Roas & Sam Collier
1981-82 Walter Ballew & Laurie Fowler, Co-Chairpersons
1982-83 Chrisanne Worthington & Libbi Black, Co-Chairpersons
1983-84 Melissa Heath & Jay Palmer, Co-Chairpersons
1984-85 Jay Palmer & Marilyn Kelm, Co-Chairpersons
1985-86 Paul Looper
1986-87 Mike Berrigan
1987-88 Mike Berrigan
1988-89 Lucy Phillips
2011-12 Jill Hollingsworth
2012-13 Michael Salter
2013-14 Jim Xiao
2014-15 Mark Grafton
2015-16 Bo Uuganbayar

In the News

UGA Recieves a Go Green Rating of 99 (highest score) - The Princeton Review ranked the University of Georgia among 18 other schools on the Green Honor Roll. The University of Georgia has taken aggressive steps to conserve water on campus, such as installing rain gardens, planting native species, installing low-flow toilets and showerheads, recycling water in research labs, and even limiting flushes in stadium bathrooms during football games. The result of this “Every Drop Counts” campaign is that water use on campus is down 30 percent.

More than 100 members of the UGA faculty have joined together to create the Academy of the Environment, “a venue for cross-disciplinary collaboration in research, graduate and undergraduate training, and public education and outreach.” UGA is home to the Eugene Odum School of Ecology, and students and faculty from a variety of academic departments conduct research related to environmental issues—engineering students conduct energy audits on campus buildings, students in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication look for ways to promote energy conservation and recycling, and students in the River Basin Science and Policy Center research water quality in area streams. 

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The Red Clay Conference

Georgia Law’s 29th Annual Red Clay Conference

Emerging Issues in Environmental Law

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Red Clay Conference is an annual student run conference at the University of Georgia School of Law. This event was established to increase public awareness of environmental issues on a regional, national, and international level through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions. The Conference attracts attorneys as well as students and interested members of the Athens community.

This year’s Conference will focus on emerging issues in environmental law. Specifically, it consists of one keynote speaker and three panels, which will address the following topics: Management of Coal Ash in the Wake of Changes to EPA and EPD Rules Pertaining to Solid Waste Management, Transboundary Water Issues Stemming from the Florida v. Georgia Litigation, and the Future of the Clean Power Plan & Other Air Regulatory Issues.


Online registration is available through UGA's Marketplace.

Conference Schedule

Georgia Law’s 29th Annual Red Clay Conference

Emerging Issues in Environmental Law

Friday, March 24, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast for speakers & Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks: Dink Nesmith, Environmental Activist & President of Community Newspapers, Inc.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.          

CPP: What to Expect Under the Trump Administration
Moderator: Professor Peter Appel

  • Kurt Ebersbach, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Karen Hays, Air Protection Branch Chief, EPD
  • Ethan Shenkman, Former Deputy General Counsel, EPA

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.

Transboundary Water Issues: Implications of Florida v. Georgia
Moderator: Professor Laurie Fowler

  • Wilton Rooks, ACF Stakeholders Group
  • Lewis Jones, King & Spalding
  • Todd Silliman, Dentons

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.         


1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Coal Combustion Residuals: Management of CCRs in the Wake of Changes to EPA and EPD Rules Pertaining to Solid Waste Management
Moderator: Professor Chris Manganiello, Ph.D.

  • Beth Blaylock, Land Branch Assistant Branch Chief, EPD
  • David Stewart, Crowder Stewart, LLP
  • Melanie Jablonski, Georgia Power

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Keynote Address: Professor Judson Turner, Adjunct Professor at University of Georgia School of Law & Former Director of EPD

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Dean Peter “Bo” Rutledge, University of Georgia School of Law


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