Past ELS Boards

2015-2016

Caitlin Buchanan

President

Caitlin is a third year law student at WCL. She received her BA in International Studies from Michigan State University in 2011 (Go Green!). Caitlin is interested pursuing a career in Environmental and Energy Law, and is exploring practice in regulation, compliance, and advocacy. As a native of the Great Lakes State, Caitlin is particularly interested in water pollution and natural resource conservation issues. Throughout her time at WCL, Caitlin has clerked for the U.S. EPA, the Environmental Integrity Project, and the Center for Effective Government working on hydraulic fracturing regulation, litigation involving CAFO and Chesapeake Bay water pollution, and advocacy work to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act. Caitlin is also the Editor in Chief of the Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief. 

Taís E.P. Ludwig

Vice-President

Taís is a third year law student at WCL, and received her B.A. in Global Studies with a focus on Governance from Arizona State University. Her Brazilian heritage, combined with the fact that she grew up in Northern California, has nurtured her strong interest in forests and the ties between sustainable development and globalization. In law school, she has focused her studies on international environmental law and sustainable development, particularly in Latin America.Taís has worked on projects related to the World Bank's environmental and social safeguards and Chinese foreign investments in Latin America, and is currently working on a paper related to forestry and climate change. She is also the International Editor for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (SDLP), and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has a high working level of French.

Trey Everett Levy

Secretary

Trey Levy is a second-year law student. More information coming soon.

Lauren Tavar

Treasurer & Outreach Coordinator

Lauren Tavar is a second-year law student at WCL. She is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Miami. Lauren is spending summer 2015 interning with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and working on their endangered species projects. In Fall 2015, she will be interning with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. As a law student, Lauren is pursuing any interest in environmental law and, more specifically, the relationship between agriculture, sustainability, and clean water.

2014-2015

President - Elizabeth Lewis
el5472a@student.american.edu

Elizabeth is a third-year student at WCL. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she received her B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College in 2010. Before entering law school, she spent two years working for a local law firm in Columbus, and later interned at Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, DC. Elizabeth is very passionate about marine biology and ocean conservation. She hopes to work in coastal and marine management, combining her scientific and legal backgrounds to help inform policy and work towards sustainable use and development.

 

Vice President - Catherine Riedo

Secretary - Caitlin Buchanan

Caitlin is a second year law student at WCL. As a native of Michigan, Caitlin received a BA in International Studies from Michigan State University (Go Green!). Caitlin has served as a legal intern for a solo practitioner, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and the Endangered Species Coalition. As a law student, she is pursuing her interests in environmental and energy law by exploring practice in regulation, compliance, and advocacy.

 


Treasurer - Ayomide Oluleye

Outreach Coordinator - Roxane Regis

2013-2014

President - Stacey Garfinkle
stacey.garfinkle@american.edu

Stacey is a third-year student at WCL studying environmental law. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she served as a Co-Vice President of the Environmental Law Society. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University, where she also completed her undergraduate studies earning a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Stacey is passionate about environmental issues and has worked for several environmental organizations. Most recently, she interned for the U.S. EPA in the Office of Civil Enforcement, where she works on issues pertaining to the Clean Air Act.

Vice President - Elizabeth Lewis
el5472a@student.american.edu

Elizabeth is a second-year student at WCL. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she received her B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College in 2010. Before entering law school, she spent two years working for a local law firm in Columbus, and later interned at Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, DC. Elizabeth is very passionate about marine biology and ocean conservation. She hopes to work in coastal and marine management, combining her scientific and legal backgrounds to help inform policy and work towards sustainable use and development.

Secretary - Brittany Sullivan
brittany.sullivan@student.american.edu

Treasurer - Tom Richards
tr4469a@student.american.edu

Tom is a third-year student from Albany, NY. His interests include the law of the sea, international environmental law, natural resource management, and space and ocean development. In the Summer of 2013, Tom was the recepient of the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program Summer Internship and he worked in the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in Washington, DC. During his second-year, Tom was an intern at the Center for International Environmental Law. He received his B.A. with a major in International Relations and minors in French and Religious Studies from SUNY Geneseo.

Outreach Coordinator - Catherine Riedo

2012-2013

President - Chelsea Tu
tu.chelsea@gmail.com
Chelsea is a third-year student at WCL. She received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from University of California, Berkeley and worked for two years afterward researching coastal and marine management and law in Oakland, CA. Chelsea believes that nature is the true embodiment of happiness and she wants to protect what makes her happy. Other things that make Chelsea happy are drinking beer, being a tourist, and psychoanalysis.


Co Vice-President - Elizabeth Corey
elizabeth.corey@american.edu

Elizabeth is a second-year student at WCL and she is studying environment and energy law. Originally from Houston, she graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.S. in environmental engineering.


Co Vice-President - Stacey Garfinkle
stacey.garfinkle@american.edu

Stacey is a second-year student at WCL studying environmental law. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University, where she also completed her undergraduate studies earning a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Stacey is passionate about environmental issues and has worked for several environmental organizations. Most recently, she interned for the U.S. EPA in the Office of Civil Enforcement, where she works on issues pertaining to the Clean Air Act.


Secretary - Maggie Coulter
maggiecoulter@cox.net

Maggie is a second-year law student from Southern California. She received her undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, from the University of California, Irvine. Maggie has alway loved backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, snowboarding, hiking, and every other outdoor activity. She discovered her passion for environmental law and advocacy at WCL, and is excited to marry her extracurricular interests with her soon-to-be occupation. You can find her playing AU intramural soccer, biking around the city, or planning her next backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon.


Treasurer - Tom Richards
tr4469a@student.american.edu

Tom is a second-year student from Albany, NY. His interests include the law of the sea, international environmental law, natural resource management, and space and ocean development. He received his B.A. with a major in International Relations and minors in French and Religious Studies from SUNY Geneseo.


Outreach Coordinator - Jacqui Shelton
shelton.jacqui@gmail.com

Jacqui is a third-year law student. She is from Salt Lake City, Utah and received her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Utah. After graduating, she worked as the Program Manager for an educational and environmental non-profit organization in Salt Lake City, and at an educational non-profit organization in San Francisco, California. Since moving to D.C. for law school, Jacqui has externed with Defenders of Wildlife and with the Chief Judge at the D.C. Superior Court. She enjoys riding bikes, hiking, camping, and finding good Mexican food in the District.

 

1L Representative - Elizabeth Lewis
el5472a@student.american.edu

Elizabeth is a first year student at WCL. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she received her B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College in 2010. Before entering law school, she spent two years working for a local law firm in Columbus, and later interned at Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, DC. Elizabeth is very passionate about marine biology and ocean conservation. She hopes to work in coastal and marine management, combining her scientific and legal backgrounds to help inform policy and work towards sustainable use and development.

 

1L Representative - Regine Baus
rcbaus@gmail.com

Regine is a first year law student from Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from the George Washington University in 2012. Before coming to WCL, she lobbied for HIV/AIDS appropriations and interned on the Hill, focusing on health and environmental policy. She hopes to either work on comprehensive climate change legislation after finishing law school or lobby for an environmental non-profit.

2011-2012

President - Emmett Pepper
ep6149a@student.american.edu
Emmett Pepper is from Charleston, West Virginia and went to Virginia Tech where he received a B.A. in Political Science. He worked for several years between undergrad and law school doing environmental advocacy and public relations, mostly in the Hudson Valley of New York and coastal Connecticut. His first summer internship was at a nonprofit that sues coal companies who do mountaintop removal. Emmett's favorite thing about WCL (aside from free pizza, obviously) is the fact that every single person he has met at WCL has done really interesting things in her/his life. Away from law school, he spends time with his energetic dog, Cayenne, who is very cute.

 

Vice President - Chelsea Tu
tu.chelsea@gmail.com
Chelsea is a second-year student at WCL. She received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from University of California, Berkeley and worked for two years afterward researching coastal and marine management and law in Oakland, CA. Chelsea believes that nature is the true embodiment of happiness and she wants to protect what makes her happy. Other things that make Chelsea happy are drinking beer, being a tourist, and psychoanalysis.

Outreach Coordinator - Jesse Ransom
jr6813a@student.american.edu
Jesse Ransom is a second year JD/MA student at Washington College of Law. He was born in Mexico City, and was raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and Kathmandu, Nepal before moving to the US to study Political Science and Spanish at Brigham Young University. Prior to law school, and between work for a number of outdoor retail companies, he spent the majority of his time rock climbing, ice climbing, backpacking, hiking, and hanging out with his wife and daughter. Jesse is passionate about post-conflict development with a focus on sustainability and environmental protection.


Co-Secretary - Larissa Liebmann
laraliebmann@gmail.com
Larissa Liebmann is a 2L who majored in Environmental Studies at Brandies University. She discovered her interest in Environmental Law while interning at the non-profit Riverkeeper, and while studying abroad in Baja California Sur. She has spent the last few summers working for the EPA, and is currently interning at Oceana.


Co-Secretary - Joel Scata
js4467b@student.american.edu
Joel Scata is a second year JD/JD student in the WCL-Australia dual degree program. He studied Government and Economics at Connecticut College and participated in the Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies certificate program. He concentrated his Senior Integrative Project on the United States’ Energy Security and how the use of alternative vehicles and easily accessible public transit are crucial to its improvement. Prior to law school, he spent time as a Peace Corps Volunteer working to promote natural resource management, meaning he planted a lot of trees. It was great. Joel enjoys hanging out with his wife, and going hiking and biking together. His favorite toy is his road bike, which is the first item he will pack when he moves to Australia to complete his studies.


Treasurer - Tomi Vest
tomicarol@gmail.com
Tomi grew up in Southern California and received a BA from UCLA in Sociology and Political Science. After working as a paralegal at a boutique entertainment firm in Los Angeles, she decided to join Peace Corps. In her rural community in Northern Thailand she was able to work on several environmental projects. Since moving to DC for law school, Tomi has interned twice at the EPA in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Tomi is an expert at navigating the WMATA bus system and has a love/hate relationship with chicken finger Thursdays at WCL.