Film Screening Thursday, March 29: “If A Tree Falls”

The ELS along with SALDF and NLG present a screening of the film

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front


(nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary, 2012)

Thursday March 29, 2012


Forchelli Center (Feil Hall)

The film follows the case of an Earth Liberation Front activist, Daniel McGowan, who engaged in acts of arson and property destruction as a form of protest against environmental degradation.  Subject to a “terrorism enhancement” during sentencing, McGowan is now serving a 7-year sentence in a restrictive Communications ManagementUnit in the Terre Haute federal facility in Indiana.

A panel will follow the film and will address how the law treats domestic activists, the line between activism and terrorism, andwhether or how prosecutorial strategies may threaten legitimate expression by citizens.  One of the film’s directors, Sam Cullman, will be there to answer questions about the film, as will Rachel Meeropol, one of the attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights who has been working on Daniel’s case.  Odette Wilkins from Equal Justice Alliance will also bethere to address and field questions concerning what activities can be considered “terrorism” under Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Food will be served





Brooklyn Law ELS Teams Up With the Gowanus Canal Conservancy

On the morning of Saturday, March 24th, about 15 ELS members traveled down to the 2nd Ave Salt Lot to join the Gowanus Canal Conservancy for its first “Clean and Green” of the summer.  Members maintained the compost pile, weeded the gardens, planted flowers, ground mulch, and generally enjoyed the beautiful weather.  The day was a fantastic success, and many thanks go out to Katelyn Ciolino and Emily Shoor for organizing and executing this great 1L event!  Check out for more information about this group.



Gowanus Green and Clean – March 24, 2012

The BLS Environmental Law Society is teaming up with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy for their 2012 Clean & Green on Saturday, March 24th. Come out and participate in an important clean-up just down the street in Brooklyn! Students will meet at BLS at 10:30 before heading to the Salt Lot on 2nd Avenue. Students will work with the Conservancy on their composting program, in opening the community nursery and in performing garden clean-up work. The clean-up will finish by 3pm, well in time to freshen up before dancing the night away at Barrister’s Ball! The Conservancy will provide gloves/tools, but students should provide their own gloves if they have them.


Please RSVP by MARCH 15th to or

Join the Facebook event page at



Saturday, March 24th 

Time: 11am – 3pm 

Location: Salt Lot / 2 Second Ave / Brooklyn, NY 11215

RSVP by 3/15/12

National Association of Environmental Law Societies 25th Annual NAELS Conference

National Association of Environmental Law Societies 25th Annual NAELS Conference University of Michigan Law School March 22-24, 2012

The conference will look back at the past 25 years of environmental law since NAELS was founded in Ann Arbor in 1988, and ahead to what the next 25 will hold.

Keynote speakers will include: Deputy EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe Supreme Court environmental law expert Richard Lazarus President of the Environmental Law Institute John Cruden

Sessions will cover everything from the future of nuclear power to the seeds of urban environmentalism sprouting in Detroit.

On Saturday, March 24, NAELS and the Environmental Law Institute, will co-host an Environment 2050 for ELS groups to discuss the future of environmental law and our roles in it

As with all NAELS Conferences, the evenings will be filled with networking, late night strategy sessions, music, and general celebration.

To register, or find more program and logistical details, please visit the Conference website:

Film Screening: The Last Mountain

Join New York Law School’s Environmental Law Society for a Wednesday Night Showing!


What: Screening of the film The Last Mountain 

Where: New York Law School

      185 West Broadway (Between Leonard & Worth St.)

When: Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 6:00pm

*Refreshments will be served

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival: March 3 & 4

Check out the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival on March 3 & 4 at 125 W. 18th Street in Manhattan.

Good News and Bad News For Environmental Advocates; From Around the World

The good: South Korea, the world’s 8th largest carbon emitter based on 2009 figures from the International Energy Agency, voted by special committee to impose greenhouse-gas limits on its largest companies.  A few votes remain before the bill would become law.  If it goes into effect, the law would create a cap-and-trade type system starting in 2015.  Bloomberg reports here.

The bad: The Guardian reports that the Rio+20 summit to be held in June of this year is already poised for disaster; it seems unlikely that any substantial environmental treaties or progress will derive from this “Earth Summit redux.”  The Guardian reports here.