Meet the Environmental Law Society’s Board

Indya Woodfolk, President

Indya Woodfolk (she/her) is a 2L JD candidate and President of the Environmental Law Society. Indya grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Richmond, where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. While in undergrad, she was the president of GreenUR. Before coming to law school, Indya worked in as an Environmental Planner at Plan RVA.

At Duke Law, Indya is a part of Run Club, First Class, and BLSA. She split her 1L summer between the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Food Research and Action Center. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, and has hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Jason Atwood, Vice President of Finance

Jason Atwood is a 2L at Duke Law School and ELS’s Director of Finance. He is excited to help facilitate ELS’s excited events this year! He grew up in Wilmington, NC, and graduated from Duke University in 2019 with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Journalism.  Prior to law school, Jason worked as a Field Organizer for GreenCorp and a member of the Trail Crew for AmeriCorps.

At Duke Law, Jason is also a member of the Jewish Law Students Association. His 1L summer, he worked as a Stanback Fellow at the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, exploring the outdoors, and enjoying the company of his cat Turnip.

Mary-Grace Rees, Vice President of Communications

Mary-Grace Rees (she/they) is a 2L JD candidate and ELS’s Vice President of Communications. They grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and attended Miami University, where they majored in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures. She wrote her capstone on sustainable farming in the Bolivian Yungas,  a bioregion of forest along the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. After graduation, she worked as a Parts Specialist at Blodgett Oven Corporation in Vermont.

At Duke, she is a member of the Innocence Project, the Moot Court board, the Mock Trial Board, and Outlaw. Mary-Grace spent their 1L summer working for Legal Aid of North Carolina on the Domestic Violence Unit. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, making art, listening to audiobooks, and playing with her cats.

Lauryn Khaw, Vice President of Pro-Bono and Volunteer Services

Lauryn Khaw (she/her) is a 2L J.D. candidate and ELS’s Vice President of Pro Bono and Volunteer Services. She grew up in Walnut Creek, California and attended the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in Environmental Policy. While at UCSD, she worked as a guided hike docent at the Scripps Coastal Reserve and served as the president of Tritons for Human Rights. After graduation, she worked in student affairs at Duke in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. Along with ELS, she is also involved with the Duke Immigrant andRefugee Project, American Constitution Society, Outlaw, and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Lauryn spent her summer working at Environmental Working Group, an environmental health nonprofit in Washington, D.C.. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, playing Zelda, and snuggling her cat, River.

Avery Lewis, Vice President of Environmental Justice Initiatives

Avery Lewis (she/her) is a 2L JD candidate and ELS’s Vice President of Environmental Justice. She’s from Houston, TX and attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad. There, she majored in International Relations and Economics and interned as a Worker’s Rights Intern for the Equal Justice Center. At Duke, Avery is a member of the Business Law Society, Texas Club, Duke Law Run Club, And the Energy Society. Avery spent her 1L summer working at White & Case in Houston, her home town. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, and traveling to see all the beautiful places our Earth has to offer. One of these places is the Galapagos, where she was able to go scuba diving and meet all sorts of amazing animals close up, including a green sea turtle!

Sydney Colopy, Vice President of Climate Accountability

Sydney Colopy (she/her) is a 2L at Duke Law and serves as ELS’s VP of Climate Accountability. She grew up in Germantown, Maryland and graduated from Duke in 2019 with degrees in Public Policy and French. Before coming to law school, Sydney worked at the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law. Some of the highlights of her work as program manager included tracking developments in the climate, environmental, and clean energy arenas and serving as the lead author of the Center’s research on climate change and public health. For her 1L summer, Sydney worked as a Research Assistant for the Center for Firearms Law at Duke Law. Outside of school, Sydney loves all things Duke basketball and Taylor Swift.

Jessa Goldman, Vice President of Firm Relation

Jessa Goldman is a 2L JD candidate from Brevard, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2020, where she majored in Political Science. Before starting law school, Jessa worked as a legal assistant at a law firm in Raleigh and as a researcher consulting for jury selection.


Her 1L summer, she worked at a law firm in Nashville, Tennessee. In her free time, Jessa enjoys baking, cooking, hiking, and watching horror movies!