Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Law Student Writing Competitions

Thank you to all who entered SEER's 2019-2020 law student writing competitions. Winning authors are listed below. Information about 2020-2021 competitions is posted on this page.

2019-2020 Writing Competitions

Public Land Law and Policy Competition

Theme: Demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance relating to the topic of the role of public lands and policy. The topic is not confined to any particular type of public lands issue. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases.

2019-2020 Winner:

To Bolt or Not to Bolt: A Common Sense Framework for Climbing Regulations
Michael Sammartino, University of Maryland Francis Kind Carey School of Law

Energy Law Writing Competition


Theme: Demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to energy law.

2019-2020 Winners:

First Place:
Can State Sovereign Immunity Bar Eminent Domain For Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines?
Erin McLaughlin, University of Colorado Law School

Second Place:
Reenergizing the Private Nondelegation Doctrine
Nicholas Wallace, Stanford Law School

Third Place
Net-Metering in Georgia: Solar Panels or Smoke and Mirrors?
Jacob Weber, University of Georgia School of Law

Law students are encouraged to enter SEER writing competitions as a way to engage with the Section.

Law students are encouraged to enter SEER writing competitions as a way to engage with the Section.