Moot Court

Join the ELS Moot Court for the

Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

February 19-21

Pace Law School

White Plains, NY

Submit a resume and cover letter to by Friday, October 3.

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First Meeting

Environmental Law Society (ELS) Kickoff Meeting!

Thursday, September 18


Room 5229

Find out how you can be involved in ELS social and networking events, 

internships, volunteering, and moot court team! 

Elect a 1L Representative! Meet new friends! Eat food and be merry!

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Earth Week Volunteering

Earth Week at Lakeshore Nature Preserve

In honor of Earth Week ELS members cleared brush from a rain garden and pulled invasive garlic mustard at Lakeshore Nature Preserve, then celebrated the sunshine at the terrace!

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Earth Week Service Project

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Bucky Loves the Earth!

ELS Earth Week Fundraiser

April 21-25

Support ELS by buying awesome t-shirts and delicious coffee – $12 each. Stop by the ELS table in the atrium between 11am and 1 pm any day this week. Invite your friends! Buy gifts for family!

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Progressive Happy Hour

NLG, WACDL, PILF, LSRJ, ACS and ELS present:

Fall 2013 Student Social

Monday, November 25th


Upper Floor of Cooper’s Tavern

A number of Progressive UW Law School Organizations are combining efforts to host a pre-Thanksgiving mixer! In light of the holiday season, we have decided to cohost a night in which we can all come together and share our passions.

Consider this a combined group meeting for all progressive student organizations. 
All students are welcome – this is not restricted to members of participating organizations!
What to expect:
Free entry
Beverage Specials

*Generously donated by the following organizations:
National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG)
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)
Environmental Law Society (ELS)
American Constitutional Society (ACS)
We certainly hope to see you there!
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Gain Environmental Law Experience

Looking for externship opportunities? Check out the following options that ELS students have found useful and enjoyable:


A Testimonial from Leslie:

I interned at the Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) in downtown St. Paul, MN, this summer and loved it. FLAG is a non-profit law firm of five attorneys and three staff persons. For the most part, FLAG let me choose which of their current projects I wanted to work on. I was mostly based in the office, but I got to accompany the lawyers on several trainings for Hmong farmers on land leases, and on one farm visit with a loan officer.

My work focused on the upcoming FSMA rules, municipal law regarding frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota, agricultural cooperatives (a bit), “Buy the Farm” eminent domain legislation in Minnesota, and land leases for immigrant tenant farmers. Here’s an article on some of FLAG’s work with Hmong farmers (though I didn’t work on this particle issue):

My work required me to be very independent and self-motivated to stay on track. I loved living in the Twin Cities. The position was unpaid, but I received a public interest stipend from the law school that was more than enough to live on. I would love to talk about my experience with anyone interested.

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Picnic Point Campfire!

Laura teaches us her campfire baking skills!

Laura shows off her campfire baking skills!

Marshmallows help us bond.

Marshmallows help us bond.

Some like it golden brown; some like it flaming.

Some like it golden brown; some like it flaming.


Delicious! Who wants s’more?


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Upcoming Events

Clinic Fair, Wed. Oct. 30, 12-2pm, Atrium and 3rd floor

Check out the tables for the Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA), Clean Wisconsin, the Government and Legislative Clinic (DNR/ other state agencies), and the Department of Justice Clinic (state DOJ environmental protection unit/ DNR)!

State Bar of Wisconsin – ELS Networking Event, Wed. Nov. 6, 5:30-7pm, **Brocach Irish Pub

**IMPORTANT change to the location of the November 6 networking event. It will NOT be at the Great Dane downtown but will be upstairs at Brocach instead.

Come network with attorneys from around the Madison area that practice in the area of environmental law. The Environmental Law Section Board will be hosting the event and will provide beverages and light appetizers. Dave Taylor from Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District will join and give a brief presentation.

Join the Facebook event here!

Tales From Planet Earth, Nov. 1-3, Madison

From the Nelson Institute website:

Tales From Planet Earth is a free film festival, hosted by the Nelson Institute, that showcases environmental films from around the world on the belief issues don’t move people, stories do! To that end, we link compelling narratives of films to engagement efforts of community partners working for environmental and social justice in Wisconsin. The highlight of our efforts is a biennial film festival thematically journeying around the globe to explore how stories told through film shape our understanding of nature and inspire action on behalf of environmental justice and the diversity of life.

Our theme for this edition is Futures. We are, at present, in a moment of reawakening to questions of time — across spans of ecological, evolutionary, and human history. These questions arise not from a nostalgia for the past, but from a sense of urgency about the future. The reality of climate change and the ever-increasing speed at which we are consuming resources beckon us to pause and bear witness to the ways past and present modes of living have intentionally and inadvertently contributed to different futures of the planet. You will find here tales, past and present, hopeful and cautionary, real and fictional. From sci-fi classics to a retrospective of Werner Herzog’s visionary films to work-in-progress screenings with environmental filmmakers, get ready for what we are sure will be an exciting weekend!

As always, all screenings are free and open to the public, no advanced ticket neededSeating is on a first come first served basis and all screenings are shown unrated. For a listing of films by date and time, click here.To check out where our tales hail from, click the map above. A one-page pdf of the Tales schedule for the weekend is available here(All films and screening dates subject to change between now and the festival.)

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Next ELS Event


The next ELS meeting will be Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm in room 5223. We will do a brief recap of our campfire event (with pictures!), Elect a 1L rep, and Elizabeth Wheeler from Clean Wisconsin will be coming in to talk about their externship program. We’ll provide food!

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2013-2014 Executive Board

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Environmental Law Society Executive Board:

President – Kassie Lang
Vice President – David Mccolloch
Treasurer – Jon Fischer
Events Coordinator – Mathew Lantta
MEDC Representative – Leslie Freehill

ELS looks forward to a fun and productive 2013-14 school year!

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