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Panel Co-Chairs


Panel Co-Chairs are representatives of the law schools associated with the California Water Law Symposium. Panel Co-Chairs are responsible for coordinating a panel featured at the Symposium.


UC Berkeley School of Law


Jacob Finkle

Jacob Finkle is a third-year law student at Berkeley Law. He is President of the Boalt Hall Environmental Law Society and is an active member of the school's law journal, Ecology Law Quarterly, and the Boalt Sustainability Team. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Berkeley in Environmental Sciences. Jacob is interested in California water law and policy, and enjoys exploring urban places as well as the great outdoors.



Emma Hamilton

Emma Hamilton is a second-year law student at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is originally from New Mexico, and received her BA in Government from New Mexico State University. Emma currently serves as an Executive Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly, and is a member of the Boalt Environmental Law Society, Students for Economic and Environmental Justice, and the Karuk-Berkeley Collaborative. Last summer she interned at the Civil Division of the Alaska Department of Law. Emma is pursuing an Environmental Law Certificate, and is particularly interested in the intersection of natural resources and Native American legal issues in the West.





Mitchell Duncombe

Mitchell Duncombe is a second-year law student at UC Berkeley School of Law and an Articles Editor for Ecology Law Quarterly. Mitchell returned to his home state of Oregon last summer as a judicial extern in the chambers of U.S. Sr. District Judge Robert E. Jones in Portland. Prior to law school, he worked as a high school math teacher and basketball coach in Arkansas. Mitchell enjoys spending time outside in his free time; he hiked the first 800 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and looks forward to returning to the trail.


UC Davis School of Law


Mack Carlson

Mack Carlson is a second-year law student at UC Davis School of Law.  He grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and received his B.S. in Geology and Environmental Science from Tufts University in 2010.  Prior to law school, Mack worked as a hydrogeologist in the water resources department of a water utility company.  At King Hall, he is involved with various environmental groups including the Environmental Law Society, Water Association of Law & Policy, King Hall Wine Law Society, and Environs: Environmental Law & Policy Journal.  Last summer, he was a judicial extern at the U.S. District Court of Nevada, and he interned with the California Attorney General's Office Public Rights division in the fall.  He is also an avid backpacker, snowboarder, and water polo player.




Chris Moskal

Chris Moskal is a first-year law student at UC Davis School of Law. A recent transplant from Ellicott City, Maryland, he received B.A.s in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2015. Before coming to Davis, Chris worked as a fixed-income trading assistant for Morgan Stanley. At King Hall, he is involved with a number of student organizations including the Environmental Law Society, King Hall Wine Law Society, Water Association of Law & Policy, Environs: Environmental Law & Policy Journal, King Hall International Law Association, and Journal of International Law & Policy. In his free time, Chris enjoys rock climbing, cycling and home-brewing beer.



Ellen Simmons

Ellen Simmons is a first-year law student at UC Davis School of Law. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies then worked for a year as an environmental planner. Her work mainly consisted of drafting CEQA documents for water conveyance and banking projects. She plans to pursue a career in water law after obtaining her J.D. Since beginning law school, she has become involved with the Water Association of Law & Policy, the Environmental Law Society, and Environs: Environmental Law and Policy Journal.





Golden Gate University School of Law


Shireen Seif

Shireen Seif is the President of the Environmental Law Society and at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. She is also the Symposium Editor of GGU's Environmental Law Journal, soliciting professional article submissions for publication. Through these positions, her goal is to diversify environmental conversations in the legal world by spotlighting environmental justice and well-developed activist perspectives. In addition to being a 3L at GGU, Shireen also co-owns Three Ravens, an art gallery and performance venue in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.



Khaleelah Ahmad

Khaleelah Ahmad is a third year law student at Golden Gate University School of Law.  She serves as the Vice President of GGU’s Environmental Law Society and is a Student Clinician at the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic at GGU.  In March 2016, Khaleelah participated as a panelist for the California Bar’s Environmental Law conference, Integrating All Voices and Perspectives in Environmental Decision Making.  Khaleelah would like to continue her work and practice environmental law in an atmosphere that strives to embody environmental justice practices to ensure our legal system equitably aims to protect all lives.




UC Hastings College of Law 


Claire Wilkens

Claire Wilkens is a second-year law student at UC Hastings with a background in environmental advocacy. She serves as co-president of the Hastings Environmental Law Association, writes for the West-Northwest Environmental Law and Policy Journal, and takes as many environmental law classes as she can. She has worked in California water policy at an environmental justice coalition, lobbied in Sacramento, and led workshops on water rights. This past summer she interned at the CPUC and learned about energy regulation. Claire looks forward to returning to WLS after a great experience in 2016.



Kaitlin Toyama

Kaitlin Toyama is a 3L at UC Hastings. Prior to attending law school, Kaitlin worked for the Community Water Center and the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water on issues related to equal access to safe drinking water in the Central Valley. For her 1L summer, Kaitlin worked for California Rural Legal Assistance in Modesto, interning with the Community Equity Initiative, and she spent this past summer at the Natural Resources Defense Council's San Francisco office. Kaitlin was also a member of UC Hastings' 2016 Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition team.





Lena Germinario

Lena Germinario is a 2016 graduate of UC Hastings with experience in environmental justice and watershed protection.  Through the Social Enterprise and Economic Empowerment Clinic at Hastings, she assisted a farmworker cooperative in its efforts to gain access to clean, affordable drinking water.  This summer, she clerked for San Francisco Baykeeper, where she researched potential Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act claims against dischargers of pollutants into the San Francisco Bay.  Post-bar, Lena hopes to practice environmental law in the Bay Area, with a focus on water law.



University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law 


Gage Marchini

Gage Marchini is a second-year law student at McGeorge School of law. Gage received a BA in Economics and a BS in Agriculture Business from California State University, Fresno. Currently, he serves as Vice President of the Water Law Society, Environmental Law Society, and the Wine Law Society and will be competing on the McGeorge Trial Advocacy Team. Gage is currently working on three articles going to publication. An article for the University of the Pacific Law Review on AB 1755, The Open and Transparent Water Data Act, and two articles for the California Initiative Review- one on Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, and another on Proposition 53, the No Blank Checks Initiative. Gage is currently a Law Clerk for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and has previously had the opportunities to intern for the San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority and in the water department of Wonderful Orchards.



Ryan Mahoney

Ryan Mahoney a third-year law student at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  He is currently enrolled in the school’s Environmental Law Concentration as well as the Capital Lawyering Concentration, which focuses on public policy and public interest work.  Ryan is President of his law school’s Water Law society and a member of the Environmental Law and Public Legal Services societies.  He has also participated in the negotiation competition team for two consecutive years and has interned with the Legal Services of Northern California, the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and is currently with the California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (“CalRecycle”). Ryan's primary goal after graduation will be to practice water or environmental law and to do so with a non-profit or state agency, but his primary goal is to work for a public interest group and help those in need.  


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