- Water Resources Law: Entries for the Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to water resources law. This would include, but not be limited to, issues under the federal Clean Water Act, state water laws, or any relevant case law relating to either federal or state water law issues. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases. The decision of whether a particular essay qualifies as to subject matter is entirely within the discretion of the Section.
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2019
- Endangered Species: Entries for the Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to the Endangered Species Act, wildlife law, and natural resources.
Entry Deadline: May 16, 2019
- Energy Law: Entries for this Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to energy law.
Entry Deadline: May 17, 2019
- Public Land and Resources: Entries for the Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance relating to the topic of public land and resources law.
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2019
2019 Writing Competitions
Law Student Scholarships
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) is offering a limited number of law student scholarships for the upcoming 37th Water Law Conference (March 25-27, 2019 - Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, CO) and 48th Spring Conference (March 27-29, 2019 - Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, CO).
Scholars will have the opportunity to network with conference attendees and attend CLE sessions. This scholarship covers the conference registration fee, but does not include lodging or transportation. Selected scholars will be asked to assist SEER staff with collecting session evaluations, CLE sign-ins, and monitoring sessions during the conference. Applications are being accepted from students who meet the following requirements:
- Member of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Not a member? Sign-up online here.
- Currently enrolled, or will be enrolled at the time of the conference, in an ABA-accredited law school.
- Completion of the Water Law Conference scholarship application and/or Spring Conference scholarship application by Monday, February 4, 2019.
Please contact Kevin Gordon at Kevin.Gordon@americanbar.org or 312-988-6256 with any questions.
SEER Special Committee for Law Students
The Section's Special Committee for Law Students encourages law student members to use the committee as a way to network with other SEER members, become more involved in the Section, and learn about environmental, energy and natural resources law.
Law student membership will allow you to add to your skill set, broaden your knowledge in the areas of environment, energy, and resources law, and give you valuable information in making career choices. If you are not already a SEER member, join today!
Special Committee on Law Students Chair:
Law Student Liaison from the ABA Law Student Division:
Webinars for Law Students
The ABA Career Center organizes frequent webinars designed to provide information about a wide range of practice areas. Access to these webinars, and an archive of past programs, is an ABA member benefit.
In November 2018, SEER Co-Sponsored a webinar on energy law careers and two SEER leaders were panelists (Jeff Dennis, Section Membership and Diversity Officer and Sheila Slocum Hollis, Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates). You can access the webinar recording here.
SEER will Co-Sponsor a webinar focusing on careers in environmental law on February 22, 2019, featuring two SEER leaders working in this practice area (Marisa Blackshire, Section Council Member and Michelle Diffenderfer, Section Budget Officer). You may register in advance here or view the webinar after it occurs on this page.
Looking for a law school with an environmental law program? See who U.S. News ranks as the top environmental law programs in the country here.
The committee has put together a database of Environmental Law Societies at law schools through out the country. This database will help the Section reach out to these organizations when there is a local conference or event. To ensure that your Environmental Law Society (ELS) is included, please send an email to Kevin Gordon. Please include your contact information and school affiliation.