Winter 2005

Environmental Justice Committee Announces Third Annual Environmental Justice Essay Competition

For the third consecutive year, the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Environmental Justice Committee is holding an essay contest for currently enrolled students of ABA-accredited law schools. This year’s topic is, "The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Environmental Justice: Integration, Implementation, and Judicial Review." The contest is co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

As in previous years, the essay competition is designed to: (1) increase the level of discourse about the integration of environmental justice into existing statutory authorities, generally, and into the National Environmental Protection Act, in particular; and (2) encourage student scholarship to the field.

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication of the essay in the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Prizes will also be awarded for second and third place. Entrants must notify the Section of their intent to participate by April 12, 2005.

Last year’s competition winners include Erik Bluemel, whose essay “Prioritizing Multiple Uses on Public Lands After Bear Lodge,” was selected by a panel of six expert practitioners and professors of law as the winning submission for the 2004 Environmental Justice Essay Contest.

In a tie for second place were essays written by Gillian K. Bearns, of the Western New England School of Law, and by Sarah Wheelock, a 2004 graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law.

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