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 Laurie Fowler

ELA Executive Board: 
President: Chris Bertrand
Vice President: Josh Rewis
1L President: Gabrielle Gravel
Secretary: Elizabeth Slater
Treasurer: Promy Tabassum
Activities Coordinator: Ashley Childs
Red Clay Advisory Committee: Chandler Brooks, Sean PattersonStephanie Stutts, and Tabetha Wolf

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
2016-17 Emily Wyche
2017-18 Danielle Goshen
2018-19 Chris Bertrand

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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Georgia Law’s 31st Annual Red Clay Conference

Friday, March 1, 2019
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 public lands and the interests they protect. Specifically, it consists of one keynote speaker, one individual speaker, and three panels, which will address the following topics: the making of a national park, property interests impacted by changing shorelines, land conservation and species rehabilitation.


2019 Conference Schedule

8:45 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:20 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Making of a National Park
10:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Shoring up on Shore Protection
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Land Conservation and Species Rehabilitation
2:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m
Peter Appel Keynote Lecture by John Dernbach: Using Constitutional Amendments to Protect Public Lands
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Informal Reception at "The Globe"


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