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Kellyn Elmer

Photo: Kellyn ElmerMs. Elmer is a native of the New Orleans metropolitan area. While in New Orleans, she attended St. Mary’s Dominican High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Hurricane Katrina hit her senior year; therefore, she spent a semester in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at St. Joseph’s Academy, solidifying her decision to attend Louisiana State University.

At Louisiana State University, Ms. Elmer received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. During her time, she was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, serving as the Homecoming Chair, Banner Chair, and Ski Trip Representative. Ms. Elmer also participated in LSU study abroad taking two courses in Rome, Italy and served as the Executive Treasurer for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Presently, Ms. Elmer is in her final year at the LSU Law Center. At the Law Center, Ms. Elmer is a member of the Environmental Law Moot Court team and competes at the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court competition, where last year she won a best oralist nomination. Ms. Elmer serves as the Environmental Law Society Executive Secretary and is a member of the Faculty Appointments Committee. Ms. Elmer loves Environmental and Coastal Law and has taken nearly 10 courses in the area to gain an expertise.

Ms. Elmer came to the Louisiana Sea Grant Law & Policy program at the beginning of her second year of law school in order to put her course work into practice and to gain a deeper knowledge of Environmental and Coastal Law. While at Sea Grant, Ms. Elmer has worked on projects dealing extensively with public policy for coastal resiliency. Particularly, she has worked on issues pertaining to extending the gulfward boundary, the extent of the Louisiana Reef Fund, beach re-nourishment and the right of reclamation, the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, safe-harbor implementation, discretionary function immunity and flood protection, the Louisiana Hazard Mitigation Handbook, acquisitive prescription and succession rights for the receipt of disaster relief.

Ms. Elmer will be presenting at the Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy 2013 conference on Louisiana’s Gulfward Boundary and at the Coastal Ecotourism Workshop on fisheries water liability issues. Further, Ms. Elmer has submitted two articles for publication: Into the Abyss of Louisiana’s Gulfward Boundary and Litigation of the Clean Water Act’s Jurisdictional Scope Over “Navigable Waters”: A Predictor of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius ?

In the future, Ms. Elmer hopes to work with coastal sustainability by bringing legal principles together with science to create sound policy.