Student Organizations

BERC @ Boalt

berc.boalt@gmail.com

BERC @ Boalt is the law school branch of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative, a student-led organization that aims to connect and educate the UC Berkeley energy and resources community. The group acts as a bridge between the university's many schools, programs, and labs, and forges connections with the larger clean tech and energy cluster growing in the Bay Area and beyond.
BERC @ Boalt helps inform law students about current legal practice and advances in the fields of energy, climate, and clean technologies through curriculum development; an expanding alumni and professional network; the promotion of events and discussions centered on green issues; and the creation of a Career Guide for Energy, Climate and CleanTech Law. The group also connects members to industry professionals and graduate students in other UC Berkeley departments to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, research and project development. Find out how you can get involved

Ecology Law Quarterly

493 Simon Hall
(510) 642-0457
Contact:  ecologylawquarterly@boalt.org

The Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ) is an integral part of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE). ELQ has long been considered the nation's premier environmental law review. ELQ publishes articles by prominent academics, practicing lawyers, and Berkeley Law students. Ecology Law Currents (ELC), ELQ's online-only publication, features short-form commentary and analysis on timely environmental law and policy issues.
Both journals are entirely student run, and first-year students may participate in all stages of the publication process, including substantive editing, cite checking, and proofreading. For more information and to read our online articles, visit: http://www.boalt.org/elq/.

 

Environmental Law Society

493 Simon Hall
(510) 642-0457
environment@law.berkeley.edu

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is the activist component of CLEE. ELS provides the resources necessary for students to take effective action on a variety of environmental matters, including issues affecting San Francisco Bay, endangered species, old-growth forests, recycling, organic food standards, and regional development and mass transit. By supporting student innovation and initiative, ELS offers students the ability to influence policy and take practical steps to improve the Bay Area's environment.  Cornerstone activities and projects sponsored by ELS include a bimonthly speaker series, in which local, national, and international environmental law practitioners share their experiences and insights with students in an informal lunchtime setting; the Treehugger, a student newsletter highlighting recent developments and current critical issues in environmental law and policy; the Legal Research project, in which first-year students provide important research assistance to nonprofit environmental law organizations; and an annual trip to the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon. In 2005, ELS hosted a symposium entitled Transforming Our Communities: An Inclusive Approach to Environmental Justice, in 2006 it hosted a symposium entitled As the Flood Waters Recede: The Injustice Exposed by Hurricane Katrina, and in 2007 it hosted a symposium entitled Conserving Indian Country.

Law Students for Environmental & Economic Justice

Contact: Ryan Shaening Pokrasso, rshaenin@berkeley.edu

Law Students for Environmental & Economic Justice (SEEJ) is dedicated to the just distribution of environmental benefits to, and the amelioration of environmental harms concentrated in, communities of color and low-income communities. We are committed to the strategic use of legal tools to strengthen grassroots organizing and to build community power. We work to:

  • Create practice opportunities and provide a training space for students, as well as build relationships with community-based organizations, to form movement-building partnerships
  • Support the development of just forms of community/economic development, including models that build community wealth, support worker ownership, and create "green" jobs
  • Foster an activist community among advocates whose interests intersect with environmental and economic justice
  • Promote and maintain environmental justice curricular and research opportunities at Boalt
    Faculty Advisors: Angela Harris, Michelle Anderson, Jeff Selbin, Mary Louise Frampton

 

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

Contact: saldf.berkeley@gmail.com

The Berkeley Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) strives to foster awareness of animal abuse and and its significant societal and environmental repercussions and to promote positive legal protection of animal welfare.  We hold speaker events and movie screenings, raise money for local animal organizations through frequent bake sales, encourage eating less meat and paying more attention to where our food comes from (including through our annual "Go Meatless for Earth Day" event), promote participation in Berkeley's biennial Animal Law class, coordinate the Animal Law Research Project, and support student engagement in national animal law conferences and competitions. 

Our Animal Law Research Project is a group of Boalt students who take on small research assignments that support the work of animal lawyers at organizations including the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Farm Sanctuary.  It provides a great opportunity to work to improve animal welfare while earning pro bono (Edley) hours, building legal research skills, and learning more about the wide-ranging field of animal law.

Although we only serve vegan food at our events, many of our members are not vegetarian or vegan.  To promote animal welfare and environmental responsibility, we encourage omnivores to reduce their consumption of animal products (especially meat) and to choose organic and humanely raised alternatives when they do eat them (with the caveat that organic and humane certification programs generally do not adequately protect animal welfare).