September 06, 2013

Law Student Program of the Year Award

Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award

The Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award will be given in recognition of the best student-organized educational program or public service project of the year focusing on issues in the field of  environmental, energy, or natural resources law. The program or project must have occurred during  the 2012 calendar year [consideration may be given to allowing projects that occurred in the 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 academic years].

University of North Carolina School of Law – ELP Environmental Law Symposium 2012


The Section is pleased to announce the University of North Carolina's School of Law’s - Environmental Law Project (ELP) Environmental Law Symposium 2012 as the recipient of the 2013 Law Student Environment, Energy and Resources Program of the Year Award.  The Environmental Law Symposium is held as part of the annual Festival of Legal Learning, and has been providing CLE courses to practicing attorneys for more than twenty years.

The ELP Symposium is very popular with local attorneys and is highly rated each year because of the extensive efforts of ELP and the impressive presentations given by the faculty. Finally, collaborating with the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR), ELP hosts an annual Networking Luncheon after the Symposium, creating an opportunity for practitioners and students to meet and discuss current topics in environmental law, including those raised during the Symposium.

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Nominees are likely to be law student societies, groups, or committees focused on environmental, energy, and natural resources issues.

Self-nominations will be accepted. Current Section Council members, officers, and ABA staff of the Section are not eligible for the award.


The deadline for nominations has passed. 

The award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The recipient(s) must be present to receive the award. The Section reserves the right not to make the award if there are no suitable candidates.

1) Nomination Form – provide full name of sponsoring law student organization, address, phone number, e-mail address and URL; provide full name(s) of program or project coordinators, address, phone number, and e-mail address; provide nominator name, address, firm/organization, phone number, and e-mail address

2) Background Information – provide name, date, location of program or project, budget overview, program URL, and total participation in the program or project including a description of the type of audience (students, government, academic, etc.)

3) Nomination Narrative

  • Describe the program or project and identify the issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources that are the focus;
  • Indicate if this was a new or existing program or project:
    • - If new, please describe the issues/situations that prompted the need for the program or project and indicate if the goals the
      nominee wished to accomplish were met and if the program or project will continue in future years.
    • - If existing, please indicate its inception and goals of the program or project. Please also describe if and how this program or
      project differed from previous years and what, if any, new and innovative ideas were implemented this year.
  • How did the nominee’s program or project contribute to a heightened awareness of environment, energy, or natural resources?
    Did the nominee’s program enhance or contribute to the goal of sustainability?
  • What is the likelihood that the program or project will continue into the future and/or contribute to lasting institutional change?
  • What was the overall participation, reaction and commitment of attendees to this program or project?
  • Describe the short and long-term benefits that this program or project provided to the attendees.

4) Supporting Material – supporting documents, flyers, program brochures, etc. from the program or project

5) Letters of Support – minimum of three letters of support from other individuals who attended the program or project, supervised the program or project, or can attest personally to the success of the program or project by which the candidate is nominated; and a summary of attendee evaluations if available, may be included

6) Nominator Statement – the nominator also must explain his or her familiarity with the nominee and the program or project in question