ELI sponsors an annual competition inviting law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. Our goal is to inform the ongoing debate about the constitutional legitimacy of environmental laws and to recognize students who have advanced the state of scholarship through original analysis of cutting-edge constitutional environmental law topics.
ELI’s writing competition, which is now in its eighth year and still the only one of its kind, draws essays from students at law schools nationwide. The seven winners to date have hailed from the University of Maryland School of Law, Yale Law School, the University of Southern California School of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Washington and Lee University School of Law, the University of Vermont Law School and Suffolk University School of Law. We have acknowledged runner-up essays from a range of additional law schools.
The competition has expanded each year in both reach and influence. The Constitutional Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources—the premier forum for lawyers working in areas related to environmental and natural resources law—became a co-sponsor of the competition in 2006. In 2007, we were joined by the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, a coalition of over 50 law student groups that aims to connect, educate, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. The competition continues to feature a cash prize of $2000 and an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship publication, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR).
Information about the 2012-2013 competition is available here. For more information, please contact Judy Amsalem at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-939-3837.