Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Clinic

Professor Elaine Hightower Gagliardi

Variable Credit(s)
Fall: LAW 600 14 | Spring: LAW 601 14

Academic Year/Summer

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Supervising Attorney:
  Grant Parker

Faculty Supervisor:
Professor Elaine Gagliardi

Satisfies Environmental/Natural Resource Law Certificate Requirement


  • Professional Responsibility (effective for all classes entering Fall 2011 and thereafter)
  • Introduction to Environmental Law, only if the student enrolls in this clinic for the purpose of satisfying the Environmental Law Certificate clinical requirement.

Areas of Law: Taxation Law; Tax Exempt Organization Law; Conservation Easement Law; Water Rights; Employment Law; Trademark Law; Business Law; Professional Responsibility

Lawyering Skills: Research and writing; Contract Drafting; Business Planning

Sample Projects: Compile exempt organization regulatory law; Review and revise purchase and sale agreement; Draft conservation easement; Research trademark issues.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Law Clinic provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills they develop in class to real-life situations encountered by this Missoula-based international conservation organization. There are opportunities to participate in many aspects of non-profit corporate law, which include areas such as: employment law, real estate law, conservation easement issues, charitable contributions, planned giving and tax issues, individual state gaming compliance and tax issues, trademark law, copyright law, water law, and various types of contracts (sales, personal service, consultants, etc.).  Interns are asked to provide the organization with assistance in the following areas: document preparation, legal and factual research, correspondence and pleadings, legal analysis and problem resolution, work product deadline control methods, and timely completion of assignments.  The RMEF Law Clinic will enable students to apply these skills while working with in-house counsel in a supportive, non-confrontational setting.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a non-profit, conservation organization whose mission is to conserve and protect habitat for elk and other wildlife.  RMEF has a membership of over 196,000 and approximately 500 chapters in the United States.  Since its inception in 1984 in Troy, Montana, the Elk Foundation has generated millions of dollars for habitat conservation, and has conserved or enhanced over 6.2 million acres, including over one million of land acquisitions and conservation easements.  The Elk Foundation has funded more than 7,000 conservation projects in 49 States and 8 Canadian Provinces.