Student Organizations

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

ELS is open to all students interested in natural resource law or fun outdoor activities! We pride ourselves on hosting speakers from a wide variety of career paths, including folks from the conservation, government and energy industry. We organize various outdoor adventures, speaker lunch events, fundraising activities, and service outreach activities each semester. Our fundraising efforts serve two ends: ELS provides scholarships for law students who wish to do low or unpaid summer internships for non-profit environmental and resource conservation organizations, and ELS also uses fundraising dollars to send several students to environmental law conferences around the country each year. If anyone misses ELS at orientation, they can email Marisa Hazell, marisa.hazell@colorado.edu, or Shelby Krantz, shelby.krantz@colorado.edu. and join the ELS TWEN page!

Past Activities:

  • Hosted a career panel with lawyers from the EPA, the BLM, the Department of the Interior, EarthJustice, the Wilderness Society, and Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti, LLP, and a local oil and gas firm.
  • Organized a 3 speaker discussion regarding development and use of the Colorado River, featuring speakers from the Environmental Defense Fund and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
  • Co-sponsored a THAC with the National Lawyer’s Guild student group
  • Sent members to the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR to network with and learn from 3000 other students, activists, professors, attorneys, and scientists interested in environmental law and advocacy

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Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)

NALSA provides academic, social, and cultural support to Native American students at the University of Colorado Law School, and to any and all students interested in federal Indian or tribal law.  NALSA hosts and supports numerous events throughout the academic year that provide education on Native issues, connect interested students to Indian law practitioners, and facilitate interaction with other Native American student organizations and members of the local Native community.  

Past Activities

Every year in September, NALSA hosts a social for the incoming students to meet the current NALSA membership. In early November, NALSA also sponsors the Fall Harvest Feast, a Native American community potluck for law students, members of the Colorado Indian Bar Association (CIBA) and Native American community members. NALSA has also participated in National NALSA Moot Court, the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference, the Denver March Pow Wow, and the annual CIBA Red Rock Ramble fundraiser. In 2009, CU NALSA co-hosted the 17th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition with the University of Denver NALSA Chapter (the event was held at the Wolf Law Building).

For more information on NALSA, please contact Marissa Garcia (Marissa.Garcia@colorado.edu), Alana Martin (Alana.Martin@colorado.edu); Ryan Thompson (Ryan.Thompson@colorado.edu), or Jonathan (L.J.) Kuhlman (Jonathan.Kuhlman@colorado.edu).

More student organization information available at:

https://www.colorado.edu/law/student-organizations