Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Distinguished Achievement Award in Environmental Law and Policy

To submit a nomination, use this form. The official rules for this award are posted here.

This award recognizes individuals or organizations who have distinguished themselves in environmental law and policy, contributing significant leadership in improving the substance, process or understanding of environmental protection and sustainable development. 

How do I submit a nomination for this award?

Nominations can be submitted using the form linked above. Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2021.

Who is eligible for this award?

Eligible individuals must be attorneys who formerly practiced law and who have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement or leadership in developing environmental, energy or resources law and policy in the United States.

Eligible individuals may be former practitioners in the private, public or corporate sectors, judges, public officials, or law professors. The nominee should not be actively engaged in practice, but must be living at the time of nomination.

Individuals who have been Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Council (Council) members, officers, or ABA staff within two years of the year of nomination are not eligible for the award and their immediate families and household members, are not eligible to receive the Award. Self-nominations are not accepted. Individuals must be at least 18 years old at the time of nomination.

What is the award process?

Nominations will be made through an online survey system. You will provide brief information about your nominee. The Section's awards committee will review your nomination and let you know if they need additinal information. Once the nomination period closes, the Awards Committee will review all nominations and make a recommendation to the Section's Council for its final approval. You will be notified either way if your nominee was selected.

When are the awards bestowed?

This award is bestowed during the Section's annual Fall Conference.

Past recipients of this award

Organization: The Environmental Law Institute’s “ELI at 50” Program

Individual: Robert Percival, Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Individual: John Leshy, Emeritus Harry D. Sunderland and Distinguished Professor of Real Property Law, University of California Hastings College Of The Law
Individual: Nicholas A. Robinson, University Professor on the Environment and Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus; Co-Director, Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Organization:  Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Individual:  Richard L. Ottinger

Organization: Stetson University College of Law's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy

Individual:  Edward L. Strohbehn, Jr.
Organization:  DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice

Individual: William M. Tam
Organization: The George Washington University Law School – The George Washington University Law School Environment and Energy Law Program

Individual: Leslie Carothers
Organization Award Recipient: National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Individual: Professor Svitlana Kravchenko, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Organization: University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic

Individual: Richard Lazarus
Organization: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

Individual: Nicholas C. Yost, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, San Francisco, CA
Organization: Environmental Law Section – Los Angeles County Bar Association

Individual: Dinah Bear, Washington, DC
Organization: Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Individual: Daniel Barstow Magraw, Jr., President, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Washington, DC
Organization: Alliance for the Great Lakes

Individual: Ken Alex, Environment Section, California Office of the Attorney General, Sacramento, CA; and James R. Milkey, Environmental Protection Division Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Boston, MA
Organization: University of Denver Sturm College of Law - Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program

Individual: Professor Oliver A. Houck, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA
Organization: University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law – Environmental Law Program

Individual: John R. Quarles, Morgan Lewis, Washington, DC
Organization: Pace University School of Law

Individual: J. William Futrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Development Law Associates, Arlington, VA
Organization: New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Individual: Professor Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
Organization: Environmental Circuit Prosecutor Project of the California District Attorneys Association

Individual: Daniel C. Esty, Director, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, New Haven, CT
Organization: Vermont Law School Environmental Law Center

Individual: Barry E. Hill, Director, U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice, Washington, DC
Organization: Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College

Individual: Professor Louis B. Sohn, George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, DC
Organization: Tulane Environmental Law Clinic