Kathryn Woodruff Tipple, ’05, MEM ’07 (Yale), JD ’15 (Utah)

Kate Woodruff Tipple graduated from UCLA in 2005, majoring in Political Science: International Relations and minoring in Geography and Anthropology. The Norma J. Ehrlich Scholarship is ultimately what helped Kate choose UCLA. UCLA’s diverse offerings allowed her to develop her interest in transboundary water resource management. Kate also interned at the California State Senate Office of Research through the U.C. Summer in Sacramento program, with the Environmental Law Institute through the UCDC CAPPP program, and spent a quarter abroad in Siena, Italy, volunteering with Misericordia and participating in a home-stay. While on campus, Kate was an active Alumni Scholar’s Club member, on the varsity women’s crew team her freshman year, and on the club women’s lacrosse team. Craig Ehrlich’s constant support helped Kate feel like a part of the Bruin community, and the scholarship enabled her to fully and purposefully take advantage of the opportunities available. The scholarship was a formative part of Kate’s successful experience at UCLA and beyond.

Kate then completed a Masters in Environmental Management in 2007, focusing on cooperative water resource management, at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies—Craig was a resource for thoughts on graduate-school decisions. Kate later earned a J.D. and certificate in natural resources and environmental law from the S.J. Quinney College of Law. While in law school, Kate was on the law review journal’s executive board and clerked for the U.S. Department of the Interior Regional Office of the Solicitor.

Kate is a water attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, focusing on water quality and water rights matters, environmental litigation, and regulatory compliance. Kate actively mentors students from all of her alma maters, volunteers, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.