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

    AdvisorAdam Orford -

    ELA Executive Board: 

    President: Anna Scartz -
    Vice President: Robert Hillyer -


    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
    1997-1998 Joe Vancura
    1998-1999 Scott Hitch
    2011-12 Jill Hollingsworth
    2012-13 Michael Salter
    2013-14 Jim Xiao
    2014-15 Mark Grafton
    2015-16 Bo Uuganbayar
    2016-17 Emily Wyche
    2017-18 Danielle Goshen
    2018-19 Chris Bertrand
    2019-20 Chris Bertrand
    2020-21 Gabrielle Gravel & Promy Tabassum, Co-Presidents

    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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    33rd Red Clay Conference

    The theme of the 33rd annual Red Clay Conference is “Environmental Justice for All.” The Conference will be on Thursday March 18th and Friday March 19th from 11:00AM to 1:30PM both days through Zoom Webinar. Thursday’s panel will discuss environmental justice issues in Georgia, and the Peter Appel Honorary Keynote will be farmer, educator, author, and food sovereignty activist Leah Penniman. Penniman is also the Co-Founder, Co-Director, and Program Manager of Soul Fire Farm. Friday’s panel will discuss environmental justice issues nationally, and the Peter Appel Honorary Keynote will be environmental scientist, professor, and National Environmental Advisory Council member Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks. Osborne Jelks is also the Co-Founder and board chairperson of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. Georgia lawyers can earn 4 CLE credits from the event.

    Registration Link:

    33rd Red Clay Conference Schedule

    Theme: Environmental Justice for All

    Day One: Thursday, March 18th, 11AM-1:25PM

    11:00 a.m.  - 11:05 a.m.     Opening Remarks and Introduction                                   

    11:05 a.m. - 12:05p.m.       Georgia (and Environmental Justice) On My Mind Panel

    12:05 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.        Peter Appel Honorary Keynote

    1:20 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.          Closing Remarks


    Day Two: Friday, March 19th, 11AM-1:35PM

    11:00 a.m.  - 12:20 p.m.      Opening Remarks & National Environmental Justice Panel                      

    12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.        Peter Appel Honorary Keynote

    1:30 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.          Closing Remarks




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