In Honor of Environmental Leaders – ELI’s Historical Giving Societies

One sure way to learn what an organization values are is to look at who they honor. Over the years, ELI has had the pleasure of honoring formative leaders within the field of environmental law by way of giving societies.

ELI is grateful for the generosity and support of our Sive Society and Udall Society Members. In recognition of our Society Members, showcased below are the men who these, now historical, giving societies were named after.


David Sive

The Sive Society was named in honor of David Sive. David Sive (1922-2014) quickly became an authority in the field of environmental law with myriad precedent-setting cases. He was one of the first lawyers to bring litigation effectuating the “forever wild” provisions of the New York State Constitution and litigated several cases protecting the environment in his beloved Adirondack and the Catskill Mountains.

Sive was the first recipient of the ELI Award for his outstanding contribution to the improvement of environmental law, policy, and management. He served five terms on ELI’s Board of Directors from 1970 to 1992 and chaired the Board for nine years from 1972 to 1983.

You can watch David Sive’s Environmental Pioneer interview here.

In March 2013, ELI hosted a luncheon to honor David. Even though David could not be there, many great stories were told about him and how he influenced the field of environmental law. You can watch the video of the luncheon here:

Inaugural members of the David Sive Society:

John Adams
Wayne Balta
Jim Bruen
Mark Chertok
John Cruden
Frank Friedman
Jim Gilliland
David Hayes
Allan Kanner
Stan Legro
Peter Lehner
Craig Mathews
Lang Marsh
Ann Powers
Dan Riesel
Lois Schiffer
Mary Sive
James Gustave Speth
Mike Traynor



Stewart L. and Morris K. Udall

The Udall Society was named in honor of the late Stewart L. Udall and the late Morris K. Udall. The Udalls' values grew out of their Mormon pioneer heritage in the small community of St. Johns, Arizona.

Morris “Mo” Udall served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years and ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 1976. Stewart Udall served as Secretary of the Interior under U.S. Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

The Udalls' were ELI Award Honorees in 1993 for their leadership in environmental protection. In particular, the Udalls’ were recognized for their initiatives on natural resources and wilderness protection, as well as their early vision of environmental stewardship.

Read more about Stewart Udall in The Environmental Forum (May/June 2010 edition) article, Founding Father."


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