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Dear new students,

Welcome to Berkeley Law! We’re so glad that you chose to study here and are thrilled to welcome you to our community. Fall 2020 is shaping up to be a very unusual semester, but we think you’ll soon find the supportive atmosphere at Berkeley is part of what makes it so special.

UCB Climate Strike

As you likely already know, Berkeley Law is home to an excellent environmental and energy law community. Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ) is a big part of that community: literally—we have over a hundred members, and most law students interested in these issues pass through our doors at some point (whether they’re looking to chat about some exciting new environmental policies or just to enjoy our delicious office snacks). ELQ is one of the most respected and widely read environmental law journals in the country. We are also a fully student-run organization. We publish print issues four times a year and shorter online pieces throughout the year. This published work comes to us from legal scholars, practitioners, and law students (even 1Ls can publish with us!) and is focused on groundbreaking environmental issues of all sorts.

ELQ office at Halloween

In addition to publishing innovative scholarship, ELQ members have a lot of fun! We spend time getting to know each other and bonding in weekly office hours, embark on bi-annual outdoor trips, and are always finding new, virtual ways to connect with one another (some recent journal events have included zoom game nights, trivia, and show and tell).

This year, ELQ is celebrating our 50th anniversary. We are celebrating this milestone with a renewed commitment to building an even more inclusive and justice-oriented journal.

ELQ members on Ahwahneechee land, in Yosemite Valley.

We would love for the future of this journal to include you!  We believe the environment isn’t just pristine nature: it’s the communities where we live, work, and play. Everyone has a place in ELQ, and in the broader environmental movement.

We hope you’ll join us at our upcoming fall welcome happy hour on August 26 to meet current ELQ members, learn more about our journal, and find out how you can get involved. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow us on Instagram, check us out on Twitter, and read some of our latest published pieces online!

Also, please feel free to reach out to any of our board members whose contact information is listed below with any questions you might have about ELQ, adjusting to law school, or exploring the Bay Area.

All the best,

Sam & Naomi 

Co-Editors-in-Chief, Ecology Law Quarterly

Naomi Wheeler ’21

Samantha Murray ’21











Members to reach out to individually:


Name Class Year ELQ Position Interest Areas Email
Naomi Wheeler 3L Co-Editor-in-Chief Climate change, environmental law and justice, impact litigation, energy grid resilience, admin law naomi.wheeler@berkeley.edu
Samantha Murray 3L Co-Editor-in-Chief Environmental policy/justice, Consumer Law, Litigation samantha.murray@berkeley.edu
Claire Christensen 3L Managing Editor Renewable energy, energy project finance, grid improvements and resilience, environmental justice, ESG c.christensen@berkeley.edu
Chelsea Mitchell 3L Senior Articles Editor Renewable energy, sustainable agriculture & pesticide regulation, environmental justice chelseamitchell@berkeley.edu
Jacob Gerrish 2L Books and Research Editor Public lands, natural resources, water, sustainability, complex litigation, policy and legislation jacobgerrish@berkeley.edu
Robbie Newell 3L Programs Director (previously Articles Editor) Renewable energy, climate justice, energy regulation, energy project finance and development robert.newell@berkeley.edu
Kelsey Peden 3L (Dual Degree, M.P.P.) Senior Executive Editor (previously Executive Editor) Human rights, public health, international law, enviro justice, civil litigation, suing corporations Kelsey.peden@berkeley.edu
Megan Raymond 3L Senior Publishing Editor Environmental, energy, and land use law, federal indian and tribal law, environmental justice, political accountability meganraymond@berkeley.edu
Julia Whitehead 2L Development Director Renewable energy, energy project finance, environmental justice, (climate change / environmental) litigation julia.whitehead@berkeley.edu
Joya Manjur 2L Internet Editor Environmental justice, renewable energy, climate migration, immigration law and policy, environmental impact litigation joyamanjur@berkeley.edu