Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Field Placement
Academic Year/Summer

Faculty Supervisor

Professor Elaine Gagliardi

Supervising Attorney

Grant Parker, Nathan Stone


Professional Responsibility, Business Organizations, Introduction to Environmental Law (only if the student enrolls in this field placement for the purpose of satisfying the Environmental Law Certificate clinical requirement)

Areas of Emphasis

Taxation Law, Tax Exempt Organization Law, Conservation Easement Law, Water Rights, Employment Law, Trademark Law, Business Law, Professional Responsibility; 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.

General Information

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) provides students with the opportunity to work with a Missoula-based international conservation organization, and specifically to participate in many aspects of non-profit corporate law, which include 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.). Students 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-solving, and work product deadline control methods.

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